How to Put Makeup in a Vintage Compact

Vintage compacts are one of those widely available vintage items that can give you that pop of vintage glamour in the most mundane moments in life. Compacts are a wonderful way of taking a bit of vintage glamour with you but are also very practical. I find that by putting a good translucent powder in them, you can reduce shine on the go and have an instant touch up when you need it. If you’ve ever wondered how to use a vintage compact, have no fear!

What you Need:
-A vintage compact; preferably with a makeup pan
-100% Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle
-Cotton pads/q-tips
-Round Coin
-A powder you wish to put in your compact

Time: 15 minutes and then dry overnight

-Clean out your compact by removing any stale makeup; I start by crumbling out any old makeup using a pair of tweezers and then spraying the pan with alcohol and giving it a wipe down till it’s shiny and clean.
-Crush the powder you wish to put into the compact till it’s fine. Use the back of a spoon to help you.
-Spoon the powder into the compact pan and spritz it with alcohol as you go. Use the back of the spoon to push and compress the powder.
-Once the pan is full, spritz it a few more times with alcohol, place a tissue over the top and then use to coin to flatten and compress the powder.
-Let the compact dry overnight and then you are ready to use it as needed.

Final Thoughts:
-This is a really simple and easy method of utilizing your compact.
-I recommend using a pressed powder as it’ll return back to it’s compressed state once you’re done with it. Remember that it will never look as good as it did when it was new but it’ll still be useable.
-Feel free to put two different powders in the pan (eg. highlighter and bronzer) and customize the compact however you wish.

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Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts expressed are solely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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