How To – How to fix hard pan makeup

Hard pan

Its a common beauty problem, our most loved face powders; bronzers, blushes and pressed setting powders becoming almost unusable due to it. You may have never realised that it had a name but when you swirl your brush around and see that almost no product is being picked up you most certainly have experienced hard pan.

hard pan

The easiest way to describe hard pan is the formation of an almost plastic like layer of film on a powder products surface preventing any powder from being picked up, the film is often visible to the naked eye making the product look discoloured or “dirty” There are a couple of reasons why this occurs but the most common cause is the transferring of makeup and oil residue from dirty brushes.

In the past we have had to scrape this film off or in the worst cases throw out good product becuase of hard pan, but no longer!

I have a cheap and easy way to save your favourite products!

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Reply February 28, 2016

Oh my gosh that's so smart! I haven't had this hard pan issue for a while, but I know it's inevitable given my oily skin and laziness in washing my brushes haha. So much better than scraping off the top, thanks!

Tasha // shiwashiful.

Reply March 8, 2016

Wow, would have never had thought to do this! Thank-you, so super helpful. x

Reply July 12, 2016

Thank you!! This saved a Mac limited edition blush!

Tamara Reyes
Reply October 28, 2016

Thank you so much for this tip! My MAC Selena blush duo (specifically the dark brown Blunt part) was developing hard pan after a couple of weeks of use, and I was so afraid that it would go unused like my Rihanna Hibiscus Kiss duo. Thanks to you, both of them are now reintroduced into my regular makeup routine <3

Reply January 26, 2017

Love this tip! Do you know how we can prevent the film from forming to begin with? Would setting with a powder help? I have dry skin so I would prefer to try something else!

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    Reply January 27, 2017

    The only alternative to using a powder would be to make sure you are using a fresh brush to pick up your blush, tapping excess off onto a hard surface and applying to one cheek, then picking up the residue of tapped off product and applying to the other check, the not putting an oily or wet brush back into he pan. Thanks so much for visiting!! xx

Reply July 2, 2017

Genius! Thank you so much for this. I've never been able to get a good swatch from my Tarte Exposed blush, to the point where I've wondered if I've ended up with a dud products. Turns out it had somehow just developed hard pan between it being made and me buying it. Xx

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