Some of us who regularly use a powder foundation might find that, as we get towards the end of a refill, the application takes longer and longer as the sponge has to dig into the corners. It can be a bit of a pain, and we just want to open up a new refill.
Some years ago, with several nearly finished refills like those you see above (from different brands actually), I decided to try putting all the powder together and I was a little surprised to see how much powder was actually left on each tray. So I started to save somewhat finished refills to make a new one later. (I stopped pushing my sponge to the very end…)
The steps are what you see in the photos below:
1. Find a small (and perfectly clean) spoon or spatula. (I prefer a plastic one to a metal one.)
2. Start scraping! (Imagine that you are clearing the corners of a delicious Japanese bento box.)
4. Put all the leftover powder into one tray. (Here, I have powder from four nearly finished refills of ZA Two-Way Foundation.)
1. Obviously the powder is not pressed to an industrial standard, so we have to be slightly more light-handed with the sponge than usual.
2. Sometimes our complexions can be between two shades with our favorite foundations, and sometimes we are happy with a shade but not the finish. These steps are good for customizing your own powder foundation, as you can mix and match from the same brand or different brands.
3. Make sure you store the nearly-finished refills in a clean/dry place just like your new ones. (I always save the refill boxes for this purpose.)
I hope you find this useful. If you have any related tip that you would like to share with us, do please post it in the comment section!
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