Today I thought I would do a quick post giving you step-by step instructions on how to fix your powder makeup when it breaks. We all know how awesome it feels to have a pretty new product, it’s so exciting and you just can’t wait to use it! But what happens when it drops and breaks?
=( pretty much sums it up for me. I used to wind up throwing these products away (which wasn’t so bad when all I used were drugstore products), but now I have invested a bit more in my collection and can’t afford to just replace anything that breaks! So here are some instructions on how to fix those precious broken items:
You will need: a tool to break up the powder, rubbing alcohol, a flat surface, wax paper, and a flat object slightly smaller than the product you are fixing.
1) After cleaning up the extra powder and making sure your colours aren’t contaminated, take a small tool (such as a cosmetic spatula if you have one, or a pin, I used a pen lid) and sterilize it with rubbing alcohol.
2) Take your rubbing alcohol and dispense it drop by drop into the powder (an eye dropper works great for this!). Use your tool to mix periodically and keep adding alcohol until you get a paste that is of the consistency that you can easily manipulate. It should kind of look like this!
3) On the flat surface, take your product and very gently lift and drop in order to level the surface. Once the surface is smooth, leave the product for an hour or two to let the majority of the alcohol evaporate.
4) Once the product is mostly dry, but won’t crumble when you touch it, take your wax paper and cover the surface. Use your flat object to gently press your powder back into the pan and into shape. Apply gently pressure for a few minutes.
5) Finally, leave it to dry completely and your product will work just like new!!
The trick is the rubbing alcohol. It is just a temporary emulsifier that will evaporate completely and leave you with a powder product that has not been altered in any way =). It takes some time, and if might not look just like new, but I promise it will work just as well, and is totally work the effort!
Have you ever fixed a powder product like this? Show me your before and after pictures!
Do you have any tips to fix other types of makeup?