How to Repair Broken Makeup

Hello and welcome to this week’s post.  I hope you’re all doing well.

I hate when I break my makeup- it feels like a part of my soul dies, especially when it’s a product I love.  

I’m going to show you how I fix my broken powders.  It’s definitely not a new technique and most of you have probably heard of it, but I’ve started using a different method that’s so simple, but so much easier.  

Let’s get started.1 (1 of 1)Start by dumping the broken powder into a small bowl.  This is the game changer.  A lot of other repair methods happen within the actual makeup pan, but this allows you to create a more consistent paste while adding the rubbing alcohol.2 (1 of 1).jpgBreak the powder up with the back of a spoon to create a uniform consistency.  The chunks look large in the picture, and I ended up breaking them up more, creating a finer mill.3 (1 of 1).jpgStart by adding 1/4 teaspoons of alcohol at a time, mixing in between.  You want to create a thick paste, but be wary of the texture/ consistency.  You don’t want to add too much alcohol and create a watery mixture- it’s harder to work with and ruins the final texture once it’s dry.  And you don’t want to add to little, because they powder won’t come together properly once it’s totally dry. As long at it looks like something pictured above, you’re in the clear.4 (1 of 1)5 (1 of 1)Spoon the product back the the makeup pan and smooth out with either a makeup spatula (if you’re bougie enough to own one), the back of a spoon or a butter knife. It won’t look pretty, and it’ll be messy, but patience is a (Tessa) virtue. Don’t worry about messy edges or uneven surface texture, we’re going to smooth it out.  

Let the powder sit in the compact for about 5-10 minutes in this messy state, allowing a bit of the alcohol to evaporate and making it easier to press.6 (1 of 1).jpgWrap a small cap in a piece of paper towel.  You can use a bottle cap or a coin- anything that easily fits into the pan and allows room for movement.7 (1 of 1)Gently press the powder until it becomes uniform, and clean up the edges with the paper towel.  I did end up smoothing it out more after I took this picture.  Try to make it as uniform as possible by smoothing out any folds or cracks so that the powder isn’t susceptible to future breakage.  

Allow the powder to dry in the open compact for about 24 hours.

That’s it! Super easy and effective.  I hope this helps you out and please let me know if you try it out.  Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you in my next post.


Kayla Price