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Want to Turn Your Powder Bronzer Into a Cream? This Viral TikTok Makeup Hack May Help

Woman with bronzed cheek closeup

You may find yourself with bronzer and other powdered makeup that no longer suits your skin type or desired makeup look. But what can you do with it? Well, turns out, quite a lot. 

Think of your makeup much like the materials any traditional painter or artist may use; not as an end product, but as a malleable resource you can modify and customize to suit your individual needs. Point in case? Toronto’s own Stephanie Valentine, who goes by Glamzilla, shares her makeup hacks, one of which is having its own moment on TikTok (and beyond). 

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As someone with year-round dry skin, this hack looks like a lifesaver and, as Valentine points out, it can be a great way to play with textures and revive products that have gone neglected (I hear the sound of savings here too – especially given the rising cost of everything). 

@msteffanybeauty De polvo a crema? 😱 #tiktokfashion #hacksdemaquillaje #makeuphacks #makeup ♬ sonido original – Mari Steffany S

In the above TikTok video, which is inspired by Valentine’s hack, TikTok user Mari Steffany S spritzes the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ (which comes in a mini version) on Benefit Cosmetics’ Hoola Bronzer for a look that she told Allure she’d add to her everyday makeup routine.

You can work with other powdered products too, like eye shadow to create a creamier look, and can swap in your own setting spray. Just note that some TikTok users don’t love this method, calling out that it dries quickly, leaving patchier results, but you can play with different formulas and products to see how they work for you. Another way to get the look? Others recommend spraying the brush — rather than the product — with setting spray to pick up a more even amount, or even simply using distilled water. 

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Another even better option is to scrape out the particular amount you plan to use, and build the cream in a separate container rather than spraying the entire product, which can impact its future-use and quality.

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