We have all experienced that “Oh no!” moment when we realize we have cracked a foundation compact, shattered an eye shadow, or melted a lipstick. You may even exclaim something a lot worse if the cosmetic you have broken is brand new. But don’t fret! You may still be able to salvage your broken make up. Depending on what kind of mishap has occurred, there are some quick and easy ways to make sure you still get plenty of use out of your broken cosmetics.
So you just opened your lipstick and found it in two pieces, half in the lid and half in the tube. The most likely culprit is heat exposure, but right now you are more worried about the fix than the cause. If the piece in the lid is mostly intact and easily slides out, re-attaching it should not be too difficult. Keep in mind that any tool you use to help slide the top of the stick out of the lid, including your hands, should be sanitized before touching the make up so you don’t germ it up.
Once you’ve removed the top half of the stick from the lid, place it on a clean paper towel or plate. Take the lipstick tube and apply a small amount of heat (a blow dryer works well) to the portion of the stick remaining in the tube. Then take the top of the stick and try to meld the two halves back together. As long as they appear to stick, place your mended lipstick in a freezer bag and place it in the fridge for about twenty minutes to make sure it firms up and holds together.
If your lipstick is badly melted and it is obvious you will not be able to re-attach it good as new, your next option is to is to use it in a new form. You will need to remove any melted lipstick from the lid and either place it back into the tube to use or find a new separate container (like a pillbox or empty lip balm container). You’re going to need your chosen container, a tool to scoop the lipstick with, a tool to flatten the lipstick into the container, and a blow dryer. Heat the lid of lipstick tube with the blow dryer until the lipstick is pliable enough to scoop out and either back into the tube or another container. If you’re using a new container, do the same with tube until all of your lipstick has been transferred. Use your blow dryer to make the lipstick in the new container pliable again. Use a tool to flatten it into the container and smooth out the surface. Then place the closed container in a freezer bag in the fridge for about twenty minutes to make sure it firms up and holds together. Remember, if you don’t use clean hands, tools, and containers, the lipstick won’t be good to you anyway so be sure to sanitize.
Blush and Foundation Compact Powders
Powder foundations and blushes seem to crack if you even look at them the wrong way. If the contents of your cracked compact have fallen on the floor or are floating around the bottom of your purse, cut your losses and toss it. But, if your broken foundation or blush is still contained within the compact or has broken over a clean surface you can still save the day. Depending on how broken the powder block is, this could be a quick fix or require a little bit of elbow grease.
If the powder block is in a few big pieces (not shattered to bits), try arranging them back into their original configuration in the compact, adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol, and using a spoon or butter knife to press the pieces back together and down into the compact. Let it dry and as as it holds, you’re ready to roll.
If the foundation or blush block is severely broken, your best bet is to break it some more. Yes, you read the right. The first step to fixing it is to grind all of its contents down into a fine powder. From here you can transfer it to a new container and use as a loose powder, or try to reform the block in the compact.
To reform the block in the original compact, start by grinding all the pieces into a fine powder. Then pack the powder back into the container and add a few drops of rubbing alcohol. Use the bottom side of a spoon or the side of a butter knife to further pack the powder down and make sure it adheres to itself and the container. Once it dries, you should be able to go back to using your powder like new.
Eye Shadow Compact Powders
Eye shadow compacts are just as prone to breakage as foundation and blush compacts, if not more so because they usually contain a thinner block of product. Fixing your broken eye shadow is just like fixing your foundation and blush compacts with one exception, you have more options. Same rules apply as far as cleanliness though. If it’s been compromised, just toss it. No matter how much you paid for it, it’s not worth the germs.
Just like with broken foundation and blush compacts, if the eye shadow block is in a few big pieces (not shattered to bits), try arranging them back into their original configuration in the compact, adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol, and using a spoon or butter knife to press the pieces back together and down into the compact. Let it dry and hope it firms up.
If the eye shadow block is severely broken, you’re going to need to go the grounding it down route. Once you have ground the pieces into a fine powder, you can transfer it to a new container and use as a loose powder, try to reform the block in the compact, or turn it into a “cream.”
To reform the eye shadow block in the original compact, start by grinding all the pieces into a fine powder. Then pack the powder back into the container and add a few drops of rubbing alcohol. Use the bottom side of a spoon or the side of a butter knife to further pack the powder down and make sure it adheres to itself and the container. Once it dries, your eye shadow should be good as new.
If you decide you would rather turn your broken eye shadow into cream formula, grind down the broken pieces and then add a small amount of Vaseline (emphasis on small). Mix the powder and Vaseline till they are completely integrated and then transfer your mixture into a small container (like a pillbox or empty lip balm container). Place the closed container in a freezer back and plop it in the fridge for at least an hour. It should shore up into a nice creamy eye shadow alternative.