I hear this topic being spoken about so very often. I've heard it online in many forums and on Facebook and it's a popular topic among BE users. How do you foil? It's really simple once you learn what the proper consistency of the minerals should be when you wet them. Today I have put together a little photo tutorial on how to foil. I hope that once you see the photos and read the instructions, you will start experimenting at home. Foiling is a beautiful way to wear all mineral eye colors especially metallic shades.
Today I used bareMinerals eye shadow in FUN. This is a gorgeous bronze shade that I love wearing in the Summer & now during the Fall months. I hope you enjoy this little tutorial and I hope it inspires the artist in all of you. Remember their is no canvas more beautiful than your reflection so let your creative side come out and awaken the artist in you.
Steps to foiling:
1) Choose your eyeshadow and get your Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush out. Keep paper towels near by ;)
2) Use purified/filtered water to wet your brush. I use filtered water from my Brita pitcher.
3) Tap some minerals on to the lid. Please note, for foiling you need more minerals than you would need for buffing.
4) Take your wet brush and press into minerals.
5) As you continue to press the brush into minerals, start making small circular motions. This motion will help to wet all the minerals in the lid and break up any clumps (dry minerals) in your mixture.
6) Continue step 5 until all the minerals are wet and make a paste.
7) If your minerals look like the picture below, you need a little drop of water. You see those 2 mountain lumps? Applying that to the eye lid will make a huge mess once dried. As you blink, those lumps will become lose minerals again and make your eyeshadow fall.
8) If your mixture looks like the photo below, you have added too much water to your mix. You can either add more minerals to your mix or do my little trick. (See next 2 photos)
9) If your mix looks like the one above, lightly blot your brush into a paper towel. The paper towel will absorb the excess water as you can see in the next 2 photos.
10) Bring your brush back to your lid and continue mixing. When your mixture is perfect, you will see a "tuck" along the edges of your mix. As you can see in the next 2 pictures, the mix has no lumps and it is not runny. This is the perfect consistency for foiling. A nice even mixed blend of minerals with water.
11) Now swirl your brush in the mix & pick up the foil mix. You will see in the next 4 photos how it will look on your brush.
12) Now it is time to foil! Apply the brush to your lid and gently glide it over the area you want to foil, as you will see in the next 4 photos. Just one continuous stroke works best but if you need to, you can apply it in several strokes. Just make sure that before it dries, your application looks even and not "stopped" in any area being foiled.
13) When you foil it will take about 10-20 seconds for this to dry on your skin. After you do your first eye, just keep it closed for a few seconds until it is dried. The minerals feel nice & cool on the skin when wet & as the dry you will feel the temperature change. Make sure you have a nice even consistant application & you're done. Below is a photo of the perfect foiled application.
I hope this little tutorial helps those wanting to learn how to foil. You can purchase the Wet/Dry Brush by clicking here and Fun eyeshadow by clicking here. Have fun foiling!
Peace & Sparkles,