Have you ever cracked a favorite makeup item, like a pressed powder? Rather than throw it away or buy another, fix it yourself and keep using it!
One afternoon I was getting ready to go to dance, and it happened. The eye shadow palette sitting on the vanity was knocked off. Panic was my first thought, then the dread of throwing my palette away, then the light bulb went off. The palette could be fixed, and all of my favorite eye shadow colors could be salvaged. This is a huge money-saver in the life of a teenager because makeup is expensive.
Here is a picture of a cracked eye shadow for a palette I dropped. This is a highlight shade that I use often, so I can’t get rid of it!
First, I’m using 90% Isopropyl alcohol. I wouldn’t suggest using anything higher because it will dry out the eye shadow too much, but nothing lower than 70% because it will not bond the eye shadow together. The alcohol will evaporate as it dries so the eye shadow will not be wet.
I added 2 drops to start with, and then added more to make the crushed shadow darker in color and damp.
I added a bit too much alcohol to the eye shadow pan, but if this happens, just lay a tissue over the saturated pan to soak up the excess.
After blotting, I cleaned up the edges and pressed the shadow back down with the end of a pair of tweezers. Anything flat can be used to press down the eye shadow. After this step, it still wasn’t pressed cleanly enough for my liking, so I folded a tissue and pressed my finger into the pan.
After pressing, this is the eye shadow drying. It looks fine, and performs the same as before, if not more pigmented!
Even though the alcohol flooded the pan, nothing was affected and the eye shadow is the exact same as before. This trick can be used on any kind of powered makeup.
The next time you drop a compact or any other kind of makeup, do not toss your cosmetics! Use this simple trick to save the day!