How to re-press pressed powder
With apologies to my male readers: Today’s post is uncharacteristically girly (and truly random). But perhaps you’ll want to read anyway, in case you ever need to cheer up a dejected woman who has accidentally smashed her expensive makeup to smithereens.
A few years ago, I was ecstatic to find a pressed powder light enough for my Casper-like complexion. Still, I had two complaints: First, it was expensive; and second, I hated how a little bit of powder would always cling to the almost-empty compact, just out of my brush’s reach. It seemed like such a waste to throw out that last bit of powder …
But a few months ago a makeup-artist friend taught me a nifty trick, which has already saved me $60. Disclaimer: I can’t guarantee that it will work for all brands/formulas of pressed powder. Still … if you have some slivers that you’re going to toss anyway, it’s worth a shot.
What you’ll need for this experiment:
• Leftover bits of pressed powder
• An X-acto knife
• A small spatula
• A small custard bowl
• Some isopropyl alcohol
Using the X-acto knife, scrape the powder remnants from several compacts into the small bowl. Pulverize any large chunks of powder with the knife.
Add a bit of alcohol, and stir to create a paste (shoot for roughly the consistency of toothpaste). Stir until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps. Don’t worry if it seems a bit too runny; it’ll take longer to dry, but it won’t make a difference otherwise.
Spread the paste into one of the empty compacts. Don’t worry too much about trying to make it smooth.
Gently tap the compact against the table several times, to remove air bubbles.
Let the compact rest for about an hour. Touch the powder with your fingertip. If the paste is still wet and the powder sticks to your finger, check back in another hour. Repeat as necessary. (Hint: The powder below is still *way* too moist.)
Once the powder no longer sticks to your fingertip, you’re ready to set it. Place a paper towel over the powder and press down gently, with steady pressure. Don’t worry if the paper blots up a bit of the alcohol.
Remove the paper towel and let the compact sit overnight so the powder can fully dry. Voilà! You now have a brand-new (if somewhat handmade-looking) pressed-powder compact. This technique works with most eyeshadows as well, by the way.
So there you have it … another truly random HeatherBlog post. As always, back with something completely different tomorrow!
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