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When you find the best eyeshadow for your eye color and a blush that perfectly flatters your skin tone, it’s a pretty big deal. That is to say, if those essential products break, it’s also a bit of a big deal. Sure, you might be able to make do with something else in your collection or repurchase your faves (assuming they haven't been discontinued!), but isn’t it better to simply fix your broken makeup? We certainly think so. Read on, and you can basically become a makeup surgeon, learning how to fix broken eyeshadow and other shattered powder products.
Broken makeup is far from a lost cause; in fact, we know three ways you can salvage your broken eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, and more.
So, your favorite blush was crushed? Here’s what to do: Crush it up even more. This may seem illogical, but trust us. Take the handle end of a makeup brush or another handy tool and break up the damaged powder until it’s a fine powder. Then grab a makeup wipe—yep, the kind you use to cleanse your face and remove makeup—and press it down onto the broken powder. The moisture from the wipe will help press the loose powder back into its original shape. Once the powder is pressed flat, toss the wipe and leave your compact open to dry out. When it’s dry, you should be able to apply the product as per usual!
You may be used to your eyeshadow being in its standard form, but loose shadows are pretty fab, too. Don’t worry, a powder eyeshadow like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow will work just as well once transformed into a loose shadow as it did before it was ever broken. If you want to switch things up a little and give it a try, break up the smashed shadow even more to create a loose shadow. Switch the loose powder over to another container—a small travel jar or even a contact lens case can work—and you’re ready to sweep it onto your lids. And no, this little tip isn’t limited to eyeshadow. You can turn your pressed face powder into loose setting powder, a pressed illuminator into loose highlighting powder, and so on.
Editor’s tip: New to loose eyeshadows? Try this little hack: Dip a damp brush into the shadow, and then apply it—the color will look extra pigmented and amazing.
Besides bringing your products back to life with the fixes above, you can also breathe new life into them by repurposing the broken bits you’re left with. This can mean different things for different products, but a few ideas include mixing broken eyeshadow with a cream shadow to get a whole new color or finish, adding shimmer from busted highlighter to a clear lip gloss, and mixing broken face and body bronzer with lotion to get a brand new tinted body moisturizer.
We’ve covered broken eyeshadows and other makeup products that come in powder form, but what should you do if you break your go-to lipstick? Say you destroy the L’Oréal Paris Plump and Shine Lipstick, Sheer Lipstick and don’t want to go without its lip plumping action for a day. Crushing it up and pressing a makeup wipe into it won’t quite do the trick. Instead, you can use it to start your own lip palette. Take whatever remains of your lipstick and press it down into an empty lip palette. You can also use an empty pill case as a crafty palette alternative.
And that’s a wrap on fixing broken makeup! (We don’t need to tell you how to fix broken eyeliner pencils—just give it a quick sharpen.) Speaking of things that need fixing, however, let’s talk about cakey makeup. Here’s our article on the topic: How to Fix Cakey Makeup.
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