How To Repair Broken Makeup

Repair broken makeupI think we’ve all been there.  A quick slip and your favourite compact or eye shadow hits the floor with a heartbreaking smash.  You don’t want to take a peek inside because you know what you’re going to find – a shattered, powdery mess which ends up everywhere and doesn’t travel well.  Don’t cry… I’ve got the solution, and all it involves are a couple of things you probably already have hanging around the house.


What will you need to repair this mess?  Just your broken product, some rubbing alcohol (I use 70%), and a small spoon/knife/any other tool you can use to flatten.

Repair broken makeup

1.  Using the back of a spoon, roll into the product to grind it into more of a powder.  This will make it easier for you to work with.  For eye shadows, you can also try using a knife, or the back end of the spoon.

2.  Add some rubbing alcohol.  I ended up adding about 1/2 a teaspoon to make mine work. Start off with a few drops, and add more as you need it.

3.  Blend the powder together using the spoon/knife.  Once it’s less powdery and more thick, start to push it back into the case, making sure to pack it down so it stays together.  Use the knife to smooth down the top.

4.  Let it sit.  It took about an hour for the rubbing alcohol to evaporate from my compact.  You’ll notice the colour start to lighten as this happens, and it will soon return to the original shade.  Ta da!  Your makeup is good as new and ready to use.


Are there any other tips you have for dealing with broken makeup?  Any other how-tos or DIYs you’d like to see?  Let me know in the comments below.