How to: Fix Broken Eye Shadows

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There is absolutely nothing worse than the moment you drop your powder compact and the pure fear strikes that it may have shattered (well, maybe there are worse things but still, it sucks). With makeup now-a-days getting so expensive, wait before you reluctantly throw it away because there is an extremely simple way to fix it and return it back to normal.

This process is something I have done with translucent face powders, bronzers and eyeshadow so as long as it is powder, you can fix it.

It just so happened that my friend dropped her Urban Decay eyeshadow the other day and I could feel her pain so I told her I would fix it for her. I was about to do it when I realized, what a perfect blog post!

What you will need20160529_191009-1

Like I said, I started fixing it before I decided to do a blog post so it was only a little shattered at first….




20160529_185437 Take any tool you can find and sanitize the pointed end you plan on using with the rubbing alcohol to rid it of any unwanted bacteria. Then use that end to go in and break the eye shadow up as much as you can.




Start with 2 small drops first and see how that works. The rubbing alcohol is what is going to bind the powder together again. It is important to start off by using only a small amount because you can always add more but you cannot easily take some away. The less you use, the less alcohol scent you will be left with. The consistency I always aim for is comparable to a really thick mud. All of the product should be just wet enough but not too wet that it resembles a puddle. The picture above is shows how much alcohol I used, just enough to soak the product but it’s not liquid. Use the tool to go in and break it up even more.




This is the important part that is going to bring your shadow back to its original shape. Press down on the quarter with some pressure but not enough to break through the shadow (that would be extremely counter-productive). Twisting the coin is going to really smooth out the surface so this is where finding a coin or a cap the size of your shadow is going to play a big part. My coin wasn’t exactly the same size so it did leave some indentations as you can see in the photo below but I did go back and try to smooth it out to the best of my ability afterwards. This process is also important because it is getting rid of any excess rubbing alcohol in the compact.




As you can see, if done properly the shadow will end up just as pigmented and lovely as it was before. I would recommend leaving the eye shadow open for some time to let the smell of the alcohol wear off. 

Other than that, your eye shadow will be good as new.

Let me know in the comments if you try this and if you find any other techniques that you find work better!

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