Whether it’s dried-out mascara, snapped-off lippie, or broken powders aplenty, there’s always an easy way to save your favorite makeup products. See below for Savoir Flair’s top product-fixing tips that will save the day, come any snap or smash.
Dropping your favorite bronzer or opening your bag to discover that your blusher has smashed into bits is the worst. But before you despair and throw it away, there is a way to fix your favorite powder and make it perfect again. Simply piece it together and pour a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol over it before smoothing it out with your finger and pressing a clean paper towel onto it to absorb the excess liquid. Leave it to dry, and it will be good as new in no time.
If your lipstick has broken off the bullet, don’t bin it! Hold a match or lighter over the top of the base (where there will still be a bit of product left) and heat it so the lipstick in the base melts slightly. Next, take the main tube of lipstick that has fallen off and place it onto the melted base, pressing down gently to secure it into place. You can then take your lighter or match to melt where they join, making it look smoother. Put it in your fridge for about 30 minutes so it can cool and set, et voilà – broken lipstick no more.
Okay, so technically it’s not a “broken” product, but it does mean you can’t use it, so it still counts. Dried-out mascara is a beauty disaster, especially when you haven’t had it for very long, but you can save yours even when it’s dried out simply by soaking the tube in hot water for an hour. This dissolves the clumps and slightly “melts” your mascara, helping you get some more wear out of it.
Filmy Layer on Powders
Again, not technically a broken product, but a beauty dilemma none the less. Ever opened your favorite powder product – be it an eyeshadow or a blush – and found a hard, shiny film on the surface? That’s the result of oil build-up and, although it can be seriously annoying and stops you from using your powder, it’s super easy to remove. All you need to do is get a piece of strong sticky tape, press it firmly onto your powder, and peel it off. Watch that pesky layer of film disappear and restore your powder to its full makeup glory.