Last summer, I purchased a loose powder bronzer from Victoria’s Secret. The powder comes in a self-contained package with the brush attached at the end. The brush is large and the powder pours out at lightening speed! It’s tricky to add just the right amount, especially to dust the cheekbone area. I learned a new trick that you can use to turn any loose cosmetic powder into a handy and more portable pressed powder compact!
- loose powder ~ eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, finishing (either already in loose form or crushed into a fine powder)
- empty compact ~ new or used, cleaned and sterile
- rubbing alcohol ~ no special type needed, you can even use mint-scented
- cup and stirring device
- knit fabric and a smooth object that is the same size as the compact opening~ such as a coin or the end of a lipstick top~ to press the powder down and give it a finished look
- Pour powder into a mixing cup and break up any clumps with a stirring motion.
- Add enough rubbing alcohol to create a thick liquid. Stir thoroughly to make sure all powder is wet.
- Pour mixture into empty and cleaned compact. Leave for about 15 minutes.
- Tap compact firmly onto counter to remove bubbles.
- Allow compact to dry for several hours.
- When most of the alcohol has evaporated, take an object with a smooth blunt end that is a bit smaller than the compact opening and the same shape. (I used a lipstick cap.)
- Cover the object with a knit t-shirt or fabric.
- Using this fabric-covered object, press firmly down onto powder. Repeat a few times to absorb all of the remaining rubbing alcohol and to provide a nice finished texture.