Quick Makeup Tip: Fight Glitter Eyeshadow Fallout by Shielding Your Under-Eye Area With a Tissue

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

quick glitter tip

This is what I like to call “the tissue trick,” even though I’m doing it here with a paper towel.


To avoid getting glittery fallout all over the freakin’ place, I like to shield my under-eye area by tucking a tissue under my lower lash line and using it as a protective glitter-catching barrier.

Ah, the joys of glittery fallout!


It comes with the territory when you’re working with glitter eyeshadow. The stuff gets everywhere! — under my eyes, on my cheeks, on my nose, on my chin, in my brows, in my hair, on my cat, the counters, my clothes — and it isn’t always easy to remove, especially on my face when I’ve already done my concealer and face makeup.

But the tissue trick works great, and not just with glitter fallout. You can also use it with dark eyeshadows or bold blues, greens, etc., and loose eye pigments, too. It’s like Captain America’s fallout-fighting makeup shield.

Try it sometime. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Jessica says:

    I have tried the tissue underneath, but the best way to avoid the glittery fallout is to apply the shadow with my finger.

    actually I got that idea from you. it works very well. Wash hands first of course. Blend with brushes.
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  2. I used to do that, but now that I apply my face make-up first I don’t find it ideal anymore so I just clean up afterwards now.
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  3. Kelly B. says:

    I almost always use a tissue when I do my makeup, it just saves SO much time-I’m a busy gal, I don’t have time for fall out 😀
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  4. Kim says:

    You know the best part of that picture is the back of your hand. HAHA! It’s like a little painter’s palette. 🙂

  5. Allison C says:

    Definitely a good tip! Sometimes I remember to do it, and when I don’t remember and get fallout, I am cursing since I usually apply my foundation first!
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  6. Erin says:

    I always think about it but rarely remember to do it 🙁
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  7. Stephanie says:

    Great tip! Can you please tell us what foundation u r wearing in this pic?! I noticed it in your prev post(My Little Pony)! Your skin is glowing and looks flawless!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for noticing! I did something a little different. I’m wearing Diorskin Nude Air Serum as a base — I did a couple very thin layers. Then, for additional coverage, I applied Sephora Future Gel Serum Concealer on my cheeks, on and around my nose, around my mouth and on my jawline. Blended it all in with a damp Beautyblender. Then I set it with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. 🙂

  8. KaylaP says:

    What sexy, grey glitter eyeshadow are you using! It’s gorg!

  9. I do this a lot because i just cant get around to doing my foundation last. I apply it as a first step all the time.
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  10. Milena says:

    Great trick! Literally what I needed to do today since I had so much fallout from one of the shadows from the ABH Shadow Couture World Traveler Palette. I will be trying this next time I’m using it 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I hope this helps, Milena! Don’t forget to tap off your brush as well, as that should help too. Oh, and sometimes with shadows that tend to fly around, I also like to lightly press the brush onto the back of my hand first to really get the powder grains in the bristles. HTH!

      • Milena says:

        Thanks for the advice, Karen! 🙂 Yes, I always tap it off, but I will also try to lightly press the brush next time 🙂 Love your blog, you’re so fresh and funny!

  11. Emmy says:

    Hail the tissue! Your eye makeup is STUNNING! <3 xx
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