How To Apply Compact Perfectly

Ace the art of adding finishing touches to your makeup with this step-by-step guide.

Reviewed by Vaibhavi Gupte, Makeup Artist
Written by Nisha Baghadia
Edited by Madhumati Chowdhury
Fact-checked by Anu Pallavi  • 

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.

protip_icon Keep In Mind
  • Skin Type: Individuals with dry skin can incorporate a moisturizing serum or gel to hydrate the skin well and prevent a cakey look.
  • Skin Tone: People with fair skin tone can opt for compact powders with a pink undertone to prevent a pale look. While compacts with a yellow undertone are perfect for dusky skin.
  • Makeup Look: Since compact powder can provide low to medium coverage, it is best suited for minimalist and nude makeup looks.
  • Skin Concerns: Since compact powder provides sheer coverage, it may not hide blemishes. Use a color-correcting primer, followed by a concealer then the compact.

How To Apply Compact Powder Perfectly?

You Will Need

  1. Foundation
  2. Pressed/loose compact powder
  3. A powder brush
  4. A sponge applicator

Step By Step Tutorial

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.

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You can use compact powder as an eye shadow base. Certain powder formulas are slightly shimmery and blending them with a matte eye shadow shade gives you an elegant look.

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.

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You can also dust compact powder on your lips. This will mattify your creamy lipstick and make it last longer.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sponge applicators are the best when you need a quick coverage in few coats. These help in easy application.
  5. Pick a compact shade that is close to your skin color. Choosing a shade lighter can make the skin look grey after a while.
  6. Your compact shade can be the same shade as your foundation.

Infographic: Stepwise Application Of Compact Powder

To look your best, you must know how to apply compact flawlessly. Done correctly, it can leave your skin with a smooth, even finish. Utilize a sponge when applying to get the best results. Make sure to blend thoroughly to avoid a cakey, patchy look. Follow these essential and basic tips and tricks, and you’ll soon master the art of applying compact.

stepwise application of compact powder (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

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To keep your compact perfectly on point, use a sponge to apply your compact powder. This makeup item is not only convenient but also provides your face with a flawless and smooth blend. Learn the tips and precautions mentioned above, and follow the steps religiously to ace your makeup game. Do not forget to dab till you get the perfect finish. And when in need, you can always come back to this extensive guide on how to apply compact easily without looking cakey and patchy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to apply compact powder after foundation?

Yes, you should apply compact powder after foundation to remove excess oil and it is helps to set your makeup for a longer time.

Which is better: compact or loose powder? ( This question can be skipped as Compact and loose powder are 2 different products having different usages)

This depends on your face type. Compact powder is best suited for those with dry skin while loose powder is suitable for those with oily or combination skin.

Are compact and foundation the same?

No, there is a fundamental difference between compact and foundation. Foundation is used for long-lasting and heavy makeup. The compact is lightweight and thus, is the perfect choice for those who prefer light coverage and no foundation.

Key Takeaways

  • It is important to choose a compact powder in a shade that matches the skin tone of your neck or jawbone.
  • A sponge or fluffy powder brush can help you apply the compact all over your face and neck.
  • Blending the compact well ensures it spreads evenly without leaving patches.
  • You can use a compact only on the T-zone and under your eyes if you have dry skin.

Check out this video for 7 genius ways to use a compact powder and get tips on how to choose the right shade. Get creative with your makeup!

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