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I hope you've gotten the jist of this type of post by now; while I'm sure many will already know how to do these things, someone might not.

Recently I shared a post from Nikki on Moden's Instagram page about removing hardpan from pressed powder products. Hardpan is that film that forms on the surface of pressed powder products. I guess it's called that since it creates a barrier over the product which makes it damn near impossible for the user to go any further with it. It's usually caused by the oil/residue on our fingers transferred to the product via swatching or the oils from our face transferred via uncleansed makeup tools. Sometimes the manufacturer can press the powder so hard into its pan that swatching it will cause hardpan rather easily whether your fingers are dirty or not.

On method to remove this blight is simply scraping off the top infectected area. As you would imagine, a lot of product could be lost this way. And with how expensive these makeup items are getting no one wants to waste a thing. Nikki's post illustrated a different way...

What you'll need:

  • Masking tape
  • a tool with a rounded end (alternatively, feel free to use your fingers)
  • the afflicted pressed powder product, of course

I've tried this method before with my beloved Smashbox highlighter. It worked very well but that is a finely milled product; for this demonstration I choose something that was pressed much harder.

RiRi Hearts M.A.C 'Hibiscus Kiss'

I chose to use my Milani liquid eyeliner as my tool this time but I said before fingers work just as well.

Tools for removing hardpan

Place a piece of the masking tape over the affected area. As you can see from the first photo, on this product the hardpan was easily identifiable since it was darker. Take you finger or whatever tool you choose and gently but firmly, press the tape into the product. Using something with a rounded edge is important; we don't want to damage the product.

removing hardpan demonstration.

Remove the tape. You'll find this is easy to do because the tape doesn't really adhere to the powder. Whatever adhesive is on it does adequately remove that upper layer from the product though.

removing hardpan demonstration.

Repeat the process as often as necessary.

removing hardpan demonstration.
removing hardpan demonstration.

In no time your powder will be as good as new.

RiRi Hearts M.A.C 'Hibiscus Kiss'
RiRi Hearts M.A.C 'Hibiscus Kiss' LE

Give it a shot and let me know if it works for you.

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