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How To Fix Broken Make-Up Products, Because There Really Is No Better Time To Learn

Don't bin it.

Have you ever watched your favourite beauty product fall in and shatter into a million pieces? We feel your pain.

However, there are ways around crumbled mishaps – the kind that usually happen after a glass or two of wine. 

But, how does one fix makeup, you ask?

There are a couple of different ways, but it depends on what type of product you broke.

We've scoured the internet and sought information from the best of the best to find out how you can salvage a product even when it's mostly now just embedded into your carpet. 


As it turns out, fixing a broken lipstick is even easier than fixing a broken powder product.

Start by sticking the broken lipstick in the freezer – this, although mental sounding, will help to bond the broken pieces back together.

If that doesn't work, warm it up – with either your hands or a microwave – and push it into a small empty container. Then to apply your colour, dip a lip brush into the lip colour before tracing it onto the lips. 


To hit rewind and take the compact back to its former glory, simply add a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol (you can buy it in Boots for less than a tenner) into the mix, according to Superdrug.

Mix it in by using the back of a brush and leave to set. 


According to celebrity makeup artist Stevi Christine, how you should fix broken powders depends on the extent of the breakage.

"If it's just a crack, I would tap the backside [of the packaging], making sure all the excess is broken is off, therefore not bleeding into the other colours in the palette," she tells Byrdie.

After that, reach for a makeup brush to smudge the shadow in, making sure it's pressed nicely into the packaging, in order to prevent new cracks from forming.

If the powder is completely crumbled, break it up even further, put into a container and use it as a loose powder. Small containers can be found in art stores.

Sadly, it remains to be said that there are some makeup products that can't be fixed.

Anything that’s in glass – a foundation, nail varnish etc – should be scraped up and discarded of. The last thing you want to do is exfoliate with little glass shards just to salvage some makeup.

While there are a number of things you can MacGyver your way back to health, it is better to be safe than sorry. 

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