Depotting Eyeshadows/Blushes!

So, as you may or may not know, I was a pro-makeup artist. I had to retire due to some nasty back issues. Anyway, I was going through one of my old photo files and found this tutorial on how to depot eyeshadows/blushes.

This is what the results where:

nars blushes

Here’s the how to!

What you will need:

  • Eyeshadow/Blush
  • Palette to put the depotted eyeshadow/blush in (I used the Yaby empty magnetic palette.)
  • Something to warm the glue (I used a coffee mug warmer picked up from Walgreen’s.)
  • A knife (to remove the eyeshadow/blush from it’s case) and/or Exacto knife
  • Plain paper to stick on the bottom of the removed eyeshadow/blush

Step 1:


Warm eyeshadow for about 1 minute. Try not to keep the eyeshadow on there too long! Especially for cream shadows as they will start to melt.

Step 2:


Carefully insert the knife between the case and the eyeshadow pan. ┬áIt should come up easily, but if it doesn’t don’t try to force it as you will break the shadow/blush. If it’s not coming up easily put it back on the warmer for a moment longer. Then try again.


Loose Eyeshadow!

Step 3 – Do this step while the glue is still tacky from the mug heater.


I use the little plastic guard that comes with the eyeshadows to place on the back over the glue.



Or you can also place the freed eyeshadow/blush on a blank piece of paper so you can cut out a back for it.

Step 4


Warm the empty case to loosen up the sticker on the back.

Step 5


Peel it carefully from the empty case.

Step 6



Then place it on the freed eyeshadow and Wa La! Your eyeshadow is free and ready to be put in the palette of your choice!

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