Raise your hand if you’ve shed some tears over shattering some of your makeup products. I know all of us beauty lovers have experienced this heartbreak at one point or another. All the more heartbreaking if it’s a limited edition item. I still remember when my favourite blush broke into a million pieces. I reached out to grab something and bam, it just dropped to the floor. But luckily throughout the years, there has been an influx of ways to salvage some of them through the DIY process on the internet. We even have some indie brands coming up with products to help you through the fix-it process as well. So before you toss that eyeshadow of yours into the trash assess the damage. You might just be able to breathe some new life into it with some clever hacks and save a little money in the process.
How does one fix makeup you ask? Well, there are a couple of different ways and it really depends on the type of product you broke. Powder products are by far the easiest ones to fix and select cream products can also be revived. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind before salvaging broken makeup products:
I’m always surprised by how many different types of powder products we use in makeup, luckily there are a few genuine fixes for them. Whether it’s foundation compacts, bronzers, highlighters or eyeshadow here are some effective methods that should work for your broken makeup.
The most popular method is the use of a small amount of Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. You’ll also need a spoon, paper towel and a bowl. If you want to avoid using alcohol you can easily swap it for some rosewater.
You can easily turn your beloved compact face powder into a loose version. All you need to do it empty the broken powder and its remnants into a ziplock bag. Seal it and crush the pieces into a fine powder from the outside with a spoon. Next, put the powder through a sieve with a clean container underneath. Keep stirring it with a spoon until it falls into the container, this will make sure the pieces are completely broken up and you get a fine smooth loose powder as an end result. This technique works best with setting powders or powder foundations where you don’t have to be as precise like pigmented bronzers or blush.
When using your blush or bronzer you might have noticed that the product you love so much suddenly develops a hard surface losing its pigmented qualities with your brush not picking up enough product, This is often the result of a film being created on top of the surface due to the transfer of oils on makeup brushes from your face. It also happens a lot with eyeshadows when you wet them before use. In this case, there two ways to salvage your makeup. First is by gently scraping the top layer, but this can result in wasting the product or risk cracking it if you’re not careful. The second way is easier and all you need is tape.
The most common complaint of cream blush or eyeshadows are when they slowly start to dry out, develops a crack and it doesn’t perform like it used to. In this case, the fix is easy by just an adding a few drops of saline solution and mixing it in. It restores the moisture without compromising the colour or wear. But before trying this hack please pay attention to the sight and smells of your product. If your broken makeup has expired or gone bad for some reason its best to throw it out and not reutilize it.
Don’t you just hate it when your favourite lipstick bullet breaks? I’ve gone through this issue even with new lipsticks especially if the formula is super soft and I go in too aggressively. Sadly this can be a bit difficult to repair back to its perfect condition but there are two ways you can easily recover the product. Plus you can use these methods fix for other stick products as well.
Have you broken some of your makeup before? How did you fix it? Let us know in the comments below
Follow @missmalinibeauty on Instagram for more updates.