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Wait, WTF is hardpan

You definitely know it, but you probably never knew it had a name.

Hardpan is when your pressed powder randomly stops working. Like, it was fine yesterday but for some reason, today, it’s impossible to pick up any powder on the brush, and it even looks a little dirty or wet on the surface.

hardpan is where your pressed powders becomes hardened from the oils on your skin

Right? You know what we’re talkin' about.

How Does It Happen

Hardpan occurs when the oil from your skin transfers onto the powder. This creates a thin, hardened film on the top layer of your pressed powder, which makes it impossible to get to the soft powder underneath. 

How To Prevent Hardpan From Happening

The oil from your skin can be transferred through your brush, applicator or your fingers, so if you've been using your fingers to apply your makeup, it's always good practice to wash your hands prior to application. Not only will this remove excess oils from your fingers, but it will also remove bacteria. Learn why finger application can be a superior makeup application method.

You should also get into the habit of washing your makeup brushes and applicators regularly. The oil from your skin transfers to your brush which can then be transferred to your powders.

Washing your tools once a week can help mitigate hardpanning (can we plural this?)

How To Fix Hardpan

Ok, so maybe some of your powders are already suffering from hardpan and you need a quick and easy fix. Well, It’s actually way easier than you’d think.

Most people just throw away the powder, assuming it’s defective, but as long as you have a piece of tape lying around, you can save your $40 powder and return it to day 1 newness.

Fix hardpan on your pressed powder by taking tape and lifting the top layer off the powder

  1. Take a piece of regular tape and press it gently over the hardened section of the powder
  2. Lift the tape up to reveal the fresh powder underneath
  3. Repeat until the impacted layer has been removed

That's literally all you need to do. RIP to all the pressed powders that have been thrown out prematurely :(

If you try this hack, let us know your thoughts in the comments!