How to Press Loose Mineral Powder

I love mineral makeup for all its skin loving ingredients and thorough coverage.  What I don’t want, though, is the powdery mess it creates.

Sure there are so-called ready-made mineral compacts that profess to be the same thing,  until you see the dozen ingredients it contains just to make it compact.

I also tried pressing my minerals with rubbing alcohol, but they always ended up breaking apart in my makeup bag.  I think the rubbing alcohol trick is more suited to broken compacts that were already originally in compact form.

Unfortunately for our purer minerals, they don’t have the binders already present in compact powders, so plain alcohol won’t suffice. Which is why we will need one for this project.

I bought this makeup binder from Soapcraft:

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It did not come with instructions on the bottle or on the Soapcraft website, but common sense tells me to obviously mix it with your powder.  I added just enough to make a paste:

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Based on my previous mineral – and – alcohol projects,  I made a paste that was neither too clumpy for the powder to bind, nor too watery that it took ages for the binder to dry off. Once you have a homogeneous mixture,  smooth it out:

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It’s now time to press the mixture in. Keep it clean by covering it with a piece of absorbent cloth or paper towel. The cloth or towel serves to protect your product from dust and help absorb the excess binder,  allowing it to dry quicker.

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You can use any clean and flat object to press the mixture in, but for the case of this vintage compact,  I’ll just use the built in powder cover:

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Make sure you press firmly and evenly to minimize or avoid cracking when it dries. At this point, leave the product to dry. Don’t forget to lift the lid off the product for the binder to evaporate. After 24 hours, the binder should have evaporated, leaving you with your mineral powder in pressed form:

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My finished product ended up with one small crack on the lower portion of the compact, and the bottom of the compact showing white space on the left side. This means that I did not distribute the mixture evenly on my compact. I definitely could have done better than this, but there will always be more powder to press and practice on :)

Not bad for my first time with the makeup binder,  and this finished product looks better and has lesser cracks than the ones that I just pressed with alcohol.

Once I press my next batch, I will share it with you again along with any tips I learn along the way to make the pressed mineral powder form look any better, if ever.

But that’s all for now, and I still like the way it performs on my face to absorb excess oil. Before the powder:

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With the pressed powder on:

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It’s not a great blemish cover-up, but it minimizes my eye bags and absorbs unwanted shine — just the way I like it.

Do you have any questions or experience with pressing mineral powder? Looking forward to your shares.

Good luck!

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