How To Apply Compact Perfectly

How To Apply Compact Perfectly

If you want your makeup to be on point, you need to know how to apply compact perfectly. This important makeup item can make or break your look. If you overdo the compact, it might end up making your face look cakey. But when done right, it can leave you with a silky smooth texture.


So, if you are a beginner and want to ace your makeup game, this article is just for you. We share some tips and tricks and a step-by-step tutorial to help you apply your compact. It ensures a flawless finish and makes your makeup last long. The compact is also a blessing for those with sweaty skin and can be used for touch-ups. Scroll down for the details.

How To Apply Compact Powder Perfectly?

You Will Need


Pressed/loose compact powder

A powder brush

A sponge applicator

Step-by-step tutorial

How To Apply Compact Perfectly

Step 1: Cleansing And Moisturizing

Start by cleansing and moisturizing your face. Then, use a face primer. It helps your makeup stay on longer and gives an even base.

Step 2: Dab foundation

Use a concealer on the areas where you require coverage such as around the mouth, under the eyes, and on any discolored portion of the face. Dab foundation all over the face and blend it evenly.


It is important to know that the application of the compact powder goes in after your concealer and foundation. In any case, if you are using a powder plus foundation (two-in-one product) that can be worn by itself or over the makeup, use it immediately after the primer, or at the end after the application of the foundation.

Step 3: Apply Compact With Sponge

Take a compact powder in a shade that matches your skin tone and press it all over the face with a sponge applicator. While using the sponge, ensure that you first dab the product and pat well onto the skin and then blend it evenly. This technique provides coverage and also makes the skin look flawless.


You can also apply the compact powder by using a fluffy powder brush. Load the powder onto the brush and dust off the excess. Start by applying it from the center of the face. For the application, use long strokes in a dabbing motion, and follow it up with a sweeping motion. Blend it evenly throughout the face and neck area for a natural and radiant look.

How To Apply Compact Perfectly

Step 4: Spread It All Over The Face

Ensure that you apply the compact powder on the neck as well as other visible areas. Otherwise, it will end up looking dewy and patchy, and noticeably different from your face.


You can follow this up with your usual order of contour, highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Try finishing the look with a setting spray or a translucent setting powder if you have oily skin.

final look

Your makeup looks perfect and flawless now. A little hard work pays big time, doesn’t it?


Tips And Precautions To Be Followed While Applying Compact

The application depends on the skin type. In case you have dry skin, apply the powder only on the T-zone and under the eye. Avoid applying it on the dry areas of the face as it may end up looking patchy and cakey.

Those with oily skin can apply the powder all over the face and certainly more on the areas that are more oiler, especially on the T-zone.

When using a two-in-one compact powder, wait for the moisturizer and primer to settle into your skin and then go ahead with the powder application. Otherwise, you will end up having a patchy and uneven look.

Sponge applicators are the best when you need a quick coverage in a few coats. These help in easy application.

Pick a compact shade that is close to your skin color. Choosing a shade lighter can make the skin look gray after a while.

Your compact shade can be the same shade as your foundation.

In conclusion, mastering the art of applying compact powder is crucial for achieving a flawless and long-lasting makeup look. By following the steps outlined and considering tips and precautions, you can ensure a seamless application. Remember to start with a cleansed and moisturized face, apply concealer and foundation, and then use a sponge applicator or brush to apply the compact powder evenly. Don’t forget to extend the application to the neck and visible areas for a cohesive finish. With practice and attention to detail, you can achieve a flawless complexion and enjoy the benefits of a perfectly applied compact powder.

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