Have you ever dealt with a makeup situation where you tried to apply your favourite blush or pressed powder, but it turned out to be an impossible task because your brush just wasn’t able to pick up any product? This condition is called hitting a makeup hardpan. And if you think that the only solution to this problem is to trash the product, you’re wrong!

As annoying as this problem is, it is not exactly very difficult to deal with. Yep, really! Read on to find out everything you need to know about makeup hardpan – what it is, why it happens, as well as a cool hack to deal with this situation like a pro!

 

What exactly is a makeup hardpan?

What exactly is a makeup hardpan?

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Makeup hardpan is the situation when your powder-based products such as pressed powders, blushes, eyeshadow palettes and bronzers form a plastic-like layer on the top, making it impossible to pick up any product onto your brush. The surface of the makeup product also looks a little dirty and greasy.

 

Why does it happen?

Why does it happen?

The main reason why this happens is because the oil from your skin keeps transferring onto the surface of the product each time you use it. This creates a film on the surface of the product, which renders the product effectively useless. While this is fairly common with blushes and pressed powders, it can also happen to your eyeshadow palette if you often use the wet application method.

 

How to deal with makeup hardpan?

How to deal with makeup hardpan?

If you’ve ever experienced a makeup hardpan, what did you do? Did you entirely throw the product or did you scrape off the top layer, which led to too much wastage? If you feel like these are the only two possible solutions to a makeup hardpan, then you are wrong!

Here’s a genius makeup hack to solve this issue with minimal wastage. All you need to do is grab some scotch tape and simply follow the below-mentioned steps…

Step 01: Cut a piece of scotch tape and press it over the hardened part of the product. Be gentle while pressing because you don’t want to break the rest of it.

Step 02: Peel the tape off to unveil fresh powder underneath.

Step 03: Repeat this until you’ve got rid of all the makeup hardpan.

 

How to prevent hardpan?

How to prevent hardpan?

It is not difficult to prevent makeup hardpan; just a few simple precautions are all you need to practice -

  • Wash your makeup brushes thoroughly every week to get rid of the accumulated dirt, oil and sweat.
  • If you use your fingers to apply makeup, ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly with soap to eliminate excess oil and dirt.
  • Every few days, wipe the top of the makeup product with a clean facial wipe to ensure that the surface stays clean and free of build-up.