Makeup Repressing for Beginners

Been meaning to repress those powder products that are starting to get unusable? It might seem daunting, but all you need is 10 minutes and you’ll be a pro!

For my repressing purposed, I chose “Whisper” from my Tartelette Tease palette. At this point, I could barely get any product on my brush and I couldn’t really get better results using my finger.


You will need:

  • A spray bottle (preferably, though I’ve heard of people using a dropper)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A pair of tweezers
  • A piece of paper towel
  • A small cup
  • An item roughly in the shape of the pan you’re repressing (for me, that was a Nars concealer lid)

Put a bit of rubbing alcohol in your spray bottle (no need to dilute with water) and give your tweezers a wipe. You’ll want to keep things as clean as possible, especially if you’re repressing an eye shadow!

Take the head of your tweezers to break up the product in the pan. Be sure to scrape the sides of the pan, and once you’ve got it all out, dump product into small cup. Spray a bit of rubbing alcohol on your paper towel to give the pan a good wipe before continuing.



Once you’ve got your product out of the pan, use the head of your tweezers to pulverize the powder until it’s fairly crumbly (aiming for a corn flour-like consistency). Taking your spray bottle, spritz the powder once or twice until mixture gets goopy (sort of like dry peanut butter) while using your tweezer head to mix.


Your product should end up looking like this:

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After transferring the product back into the pan, place your paper towel over the pan and use your pan shaped item to press down on the product. You will have to redo this several times until the paper towel comes back relatively dry (so that the rubbing alcohol has been absorbed).



Leave product to dry overnight, and enjoy the extend life you’ve given to your powder product. I typically get as many as 10 – 20 more uses out of mine! Speak soon xx

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Have you tried repressing your powder products? Let me know how it went in the comment section below!

2 thoughts on “Makeup Repressing for Beginners

  1. Yes, I’ve tried re-pressing my makeup! I find this method works great for blotting powder, but not so well for anything with sparkles in it. It’s still worth a shot, though; beats just throwing out the broken cake. Great tutorial!


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