Considering we spend a significant percentage (no, we’re not going to admit a figure) of our hard-earned $$$ on beauty products, there’s nothing worse than when it reaches a sad end before it’s time. So, when a weird film started appearing on our powder products, needless to say, we were pissed. You’ll probably have experienced this with your fave blush, when that waxy layer develops on your powder so that no brush will pick up the formula, regardless of how hard you try. But don’t worry guys, there’s an easy fix and it’ll take you less than a minute! Here’s how to fix your pressed powder in seconds.

What Causes the Layer?

Before we reveal how to get rid of that annoying layer, you’re no doubt dying to know what it is! It’s actually pretty gross, as that layer on top of your products is essentially a buildup of oil from your face that’s transferred via a makeup brush onto the powder. This layer essentially seals powder, which prevents it from being picked up by your brush or finger. This is just another reason why it’s important to clean your brushes regularly, to help prevent any oils from your face being transferred to your products. To find out how to clean your brushes like a pro, read this.

How to Get Rid of the Waxy Layer

There are three quick ways of getting rid of this layer; using a plastic knife, a spooley, or sticky tape. We tried them all out, here’s how each DIY works:

How to Fix Pressed Powder with a Spooley

Instructions: Using circular motions gently rub away the film with your spoolie (you can use a plastic knife if you don’t have a spoolie). Tap out any excess product.

Final Verdict: There were fewer indentations using a spoolie than a knife and both effectively removed the wax layer.

2. How to Fix Pressed Powder with Sticky Tape

Instructions: Gently press sticky tape onto the powder and gently peel off.

Final verdict: This method worked really well and didn’t damage the product at all. You may need to press and peel multiple times to get off all of it, but it only takes 30 seconds!

Let us know if you’ve had this waxy layer on your powder products before.