You know the feeling. It’s a boiling hot day and time for a lipstick reapplication, but instead of getting a perfect pout, you end up with half your lipstick snapping off and smearing onto your face. Or accidentally tripping over the bathroom mat and dropping your favourite eyeshadow palette or face powder.
There is nothing worse than ruining your best makeup products. Especially if the broken product was particularly expensive or a staple in your makeup kit, but fear not, it’s possible to not only fix broken makeup but also to continue using it like it’s brand new. Here’s how.
The first step to salvaging a broken lipstick is to try putting the two pieces back together and placing it in the freezer for a few hours to set. If this doesn’t work, remove the broken part and place it inside a plastic, sealable container. Microwave for a few seconds before applying it using a lip brush or apply it with your finger for this trendy blotted lip look.
Broken eyeshadow/powder compact
Save your broken eyeshadow or powder by using a toothpick to grind it up even further – yes, even the parts that survived the fall. Use your finger to press all the pieces down firmly before setting it back in place with the help of a makeup setting spray like the super-strong L'Oréal Paris Infallible Fixing Mist or long-lasting Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.
This is a tricky one. If the liquid foundation bottle hasn’t smashed to smithereens and you’re only dealing with a minor crack, the best thing to do is to apply a bit of tape and wrap the entire bottle in cling wrap to prevent any air from drying it out. Alternatively, you could buy a tiny, sealable plastic container and pour all the remaining foundation inside it and then use as needed.
See? No need to cry over broken makeup! Most of the time, it’s an easy fix.