Have you ever had a powder makeup product that cracked or shattered? My Cindy-Lou Manizer from the Balm was slightly broken when I first opened it, but since I ordered it from Hautelook, I couldn’t return it. The last time, I opened it, a ton of powder fell out and it drove me to research ways to save my highlighter. I also had a self inflicted disaster with my Lily Lolo Cosmopolitan eyeshadow, I was trying to remove the sifter since I was having issues getting the shadow to come through and BAM! Eyeshadow everywhere…I didn’t have much left, so I decided to take my Z-Palette and metal eyeshadow tins and try and use this method on the remaining shadow.
If you head over to Pinterest and search “fix broken makeup” a ton of pins come up for you to browse! I took a little bit from several pins so that I could work with what I had on hand. This is by no means the only (or even the best) way to fix your makeup, but it does work!
The only ingredient you absolutely must have is Isopropyl Alcohol at least 70%, but the higher percentage you can get the better. You should also grab a towel, because this can get messy.
The first thing I did was to grab some saran wrap and a butter knife. I pressed the saran wrap over the highlighter and used the butter knife to crush the remaining powder so that all of it was broken up:
I tried using a straw to deliver the alcohol but it proved to be frustrating (for me), so I ended up using the bottle cap and adding a little at a time. Next time, I will probably use a medicine dropper. You want to mix the alcohol and powder until it forms a paste:
I ended up using my fingers to spread out the paste in the compact as it was just easier than using the edge of the butter knife. I then used a paper towel and a cup to apply firm pressure. You can also use a washcloth or any scrap material you have around. Whatever you use, will leave an imprint in the makeup.
You then need to wait at least four hours for the alcohol to evaporate, but waiting overnight is best. What does the finished product look like?
I know it doesn’t look super smooth, but is whole and ready to be used! Yay for not having to replace an expensive product!
You do the same process with mineral eyeshadow:
Instead of a cup, I used a quarter wrapped in a paper towel for pressure. Since I spilled most of the eyeshadow, the last picture doesn’t look like anything in the pan, but I promise it’s there!
Here are swatches from both finished products:
I’m excited this project worked!
Have you ever tried fixing broken makeup? How did it work out for you?
Thanks for reading!