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That heart shattering second that seems to take forever, falling, falling, falling…The tile in my bathrooms is unfinished cement, the flooring around my makeup desk is wood. Both the unfinished cement tile and the wood flooring in this house have tried to claim the lives of my precious beauty products. I had to learn some tips and tricks on how to fix broken makeup the hard way: by trial and error. Now that the hard work is done I figured I’d share the easiest and best ways with all of you!
I’ve cried over a dropped highlighter…then I learned how to fix broken makeup. It’s not about how many times you drop it, it’s about how many times you put it back together!
There are a few ways that you can fix broken makeup or repurpose it in the case of a catastrophic disaster. Most of these methods require very little in the way of tools and supplies. Likely you can fix broken makeup with some items that you have on hand at home right now! I hope you’re here because you are being proactive but if not, don’t be sad! Before long your favorite makeup will be as good as new.
How to Fix Broken Makeup
I’m going to break this into groups. There are different ways to fix different kinds of products so you can jump around in here to find what works for you!
Powder Based Makeup
This is probably one of the most popular types of makeup that get broken. The mica based powder products are soft and creamy and they tend to turn back to dust when they hit the ground. This is probably the easiest way to fix broken makeup that you’ll find.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Popsicle Sticks
- Compact (If your container is totally demolished)
- Plastic container (If you prefer just a random small container for a replacement)
- Plastic Wrap
The next part is going to be a little scary but also really satisfying…
- Pick up all the loose pieces and chunks and put them into whatever container you plan to use for future use.
- Crush all the pieces up into as fine a powder as you can manage.
- Spread them out to a fairly even layer.
- Add in some rubbing alcohol until you have a paste consistency.
- Spread the paste like substance around until it is even.
- Cover with plastic wrap and press down to make an even, smooth, layer on top
- Allow to dry for 1-2 days.
- Use as normal!
Lipstick / Eyeliner / Pen Type Makeup
These types of makeup are a bit tricker BUT they’re not impossible to repair or repurpose once they have been broken. They’re quite fragile because of their thin style and their soft, creamy, texture. Accidents happen: here’s what to do if you need to fix broken makeup that is a soft or stick based.
What you’ll need:
Now we get on to the fun part!
- First things first, determine the level of breakage. If it’s a small break you can simply touch both ends of the break to the lighter flame and then stick them back together! Simple as that. If it’s a more damaged situation you can follow the next few steps.
- Instead of throwing away all that usable product you can take the pieces and place them into the new small plastic container.
- Leave the container open and place it on low in the microwave for a few seconds at a time.
- When the product is soft and melted you can stir it and spread it evenly in the container.
- Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
- Using the plastic wrap as a non-stick surface press down on the top of the product to make it smooth and even.
- Use the brushes to apply lip and eye products! You’ll get the same great quality just in a new format!
Foundations and Liquid Makeup
This is one of the most heartbreaking sections that I’ll have to share with you. It’s such a mess when liquid makeup and foundation break. It’s easy to fix broken makeup but in the case of foundation and other liquid makeup products it can be tricky. You’ll need a few supplies, mostly it’s about finding another container that will work for your product. It’s not always a great idea to put liquid makeup products into thin plastic containers. These options below will keep your products fresh and ready for use!
New Container Options:
The process however is quite simple…If your bottle is broken or stops working you’ll need to transfer the remaining liquid into these new bottles in order to keep it fresh and usable! These kinds of containers are also good if you need to mix two shades of foundation in order to get a custom color that matches your skin tone!
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