Burning Beaut.ie Questions: Do You Use Your Hand as a Mixing Palette?

By Beaut.ie | December 13 2011 | 30 Comments

hand palette

From watching makeup artists at work and how controlled and precise they are with what they put on the face, I picked up the habit several years ago of tapping product onto my hand first and using it as my palette*.

I pump foundation onto the back of my hand before it hits my face and swoosh my brush (or fingers) through it first, I tap off excess powder onto it, I tip loose pigment here before it ever gets onto a brush and I always dispense creams and primer onto my paw so I can easily control how much I’m using.

Bonus – you never run out of hand so it’s a continuously renewable palette source and applying product here first does help you control what you’re using and helps avoid clown face results. I do it now automatically, and never really notice that I’m doing it any more. In fact, the reason for this post is that over the weekend I was away with terrible bathroom lighting so had to do my makeup under the main room mirror.

Himself was wondering as to why I was putting things on my hand first, I explained, and then reckoned some of you might be interested to know about it as well. So tell me in a comment, do you do this too when you’re making up your face? Or how do you go about applying your makeup for a night out?

*yes, I wash it before I leave the house, worry not

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30 Replies to "Burning Beaut.ie Questions: Do You Use Your Hand as a Mixing Palette?"

  • lainey316 says:

    I do it for foundation and concealer, and to wipe excess liner off a brush, but that’s about it – powder products I tap onto the container in the hope that I’ll waste less :)

  • babodpower says:

    Yes,i have to wash my hands about 3 times when i’m putting on my makeup as there’s so much on there.

  • Jen says:

    Yup! For foundation/primer but never for anything more

  • LauraLou says:

    yup use it as a pallet. learned my lesson though, in galway & didnt bring any makeup remover, only baby wipes. Inglot gel liner on my hand, wouldnt come off. so i looked like i hadnt washed :)

  • Brass Neck says:

    Only for foundation/concealer on the odd time I wear then in liquid form. Ummmm, not sure how to ask, but do you have GIANT HANDS? I have just measured the back of mine (nerd) and there’s only about 2.5in x 3in usable space. That’s not a lot!

  • Kirstie says:

    haha, no! I’d wash it in between! So I’d do my foundation and then wash it, then do my eyes etc. I have an average sized paw I guess

  • Brass Neck says:

    I’m imagining all your readers now also frantically measuring their hands. :D

  • Maj says:

    Yes i do that. I love when you see make up artists in stores with swatches on their hands, make me feel like its a ‘real’ make up artist instead of a store girl ??? I’ve kind of confused myslef

  • Lisa says:

    I do it with foundation and loose pigment, not with anything else. Also ooh that Gosh stuff looks nice.

    (btw, speaking of loose pigment, did you see that there was an interview in the Observer on Sunday with THE ACTUAL BARRY M of Dazzle Dust fame? He exists! He is a portly middle aged gent called, er, Barry.)

  • Kirstie says:

    Lisa – yes! He sometimes appears on the Barry M twitter saying, Hi! Barry Here!

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