I received a beautiful vintage compact last year for Christmas and I had absolutely no idea how to put fresh powder in it, so I did a bit of research online and I have put this tutorial together for anyone who has a similar compact, but has struggled to refill it when it runs out.
There are lots of different types of compacts out there, some are standard size and will require a full pan of pressed powder.
However, most make-up brands don’t market powder for compacts anymore, so it’s more likely that you will need to fill it yourself with your own powder.
When it comes to powder I have opted for the Max Factor pressed powder in Light Beige, it’s a good drug store product and can be found in most high streets chemists – and it isn’t too expensive either.
So here is what you will need (follow thew photos below for a guide):
A vintage compact (or a modern one!)
Your favourite brand of pressed powder
A pot for mixing
So the first thing you need to do is clean your compact, even if it’s new there may be some dirt or residue you’ll want to get out of there, this is, after all, going to be a cosmetic product that you’ll be putting on your face.
I used a little bit of kitchen roll dipped in the surgical spirit and just wiped it round all the inside and on the clasp, anywhere I could see any powder residue. Which will leave you with this:
Next we need to make the powder malleable, for this we are going to use the surgical spirit. Now surgical spirit is not the easiest thing to find on the British high street!
But I have done the trailing round and I can tell you this, don’t bother going to Boots (UK drugstore) they only sell a massive bottle which is completely useless for this, so I went to Superdrug where you can get a normal size bottle for about £1.80.
Anyway, I digress, so open the powder and cut it in half as best you can an put it in the mixing pot and crush it up into a fine powder, next add a drop – and I mean a drop – of the surgical spirit (I once added too much and my compact smelt like an operating theatre).
Once you have done that it should look like this:
When you’re happy that the paste is all mixed in with the surgical spirit, take the knife and begin to fill the compact.
Don’t do this too quickly as it may develop lumps and bumps, try to do it evenly so all the compact is filled and you have no bubbles.
You could use a small pallet knife but I find a regular one to be just as good.
And there you have it! A filled vintage compact which you can keep in your bag for those moments when you need to powder your nose.
When your compact is filled completely take a spare scrap of fabric, I used denim as I had a bit laying round but you can use anything which has a weave running through it, this gives a really professional finish to the powder.
I should point out should you be a tad on the clumsy side like myself and drop your precious compact and break the powder, all you need to do is follow the steps above to fix it.
Let me know if this tutorial is useful to you in the comments below!