Bionic Tip: Repairing broken blush and eyeshadow

by Bionic Beauty on 28.Feb.2009 · 4 comments

Sit back and imagine if you will…
Wheeeee! You’ve just gotten home from Sephora, Walgreens, CVS or *insert favorite beauty store name here* with some amazing new eyeshadows, and the PERFECT blush for your skin tone.
You beeline for the bathroom to try out their awesomeness right away. Unfortunately your dog/hand/significant other comes flying out of nowhere and knocks the eye shadow and blush for a flying loop-de-loop.


Broken bits are all that remain of your precious new finds.

Don’t cry. Be a Powerful Beauty and scoop up those bits. With these tips you can save pretty much any pan makeup item!

1. Create your own loose pigment product.

  • Empty the bits, and whatever remains in the pan, into an old (but clean) lipgloss tub, empty sifter jar, etc.
  • Use plastic spork, small spatula or other tool to break up all the bits until you have a uniform powder consistency.
  • Apply with a brush!

2. Repress using (some) pressure.

  • Put the broken bits back into the original pan.
  • Cover your finger with plastic wrap.
  • Use your finger to gently and evenly press the shadow (or other makeup) into the pan.

3. Re-press using alcohol.

  • Put the broken bits back into the original pan.
  • Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol (not tequila or rum, ladies. Stay focused.) and stir into a paste.
  • Note: At this point, your shadow will look quite dark. Don’t worry.
  • Using a plastic wrap covered finger, press the shadow/powder into the pan. Even it out with your finger.
  • Set the container out to dry for a few days. Once the color is back to normal, you’ll know it’s ready.
  • Or- if you pan is not plastic, you can bake the pan in your oven at 300 degrees (F) for 3 minutes at a time. Check it OFTEN! Once you notice the edges lightening, remove the pan and set it out to dry for about 2 days.

What about you? Any tips to repair or recover your broken makeup products?


1 holly February 28, 2009 at 8:11 am

Omg, pressing with alcohol is an awesome idea! I broke my favorite, discontinued eyeshadow last year and never threw it out because I loved it. Yay now I cna use it again! Thanks =D

2 Leann February 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

I also love that alcohol tip…. luckily I’ve never broken eyeshadow or blush

3 jennifer bowen February 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

lol who said any thing that well you need rum or any thing like that to get drunk on yes rubing alcohol works too but well i would never try that at home unless i was at my bottum lol any thing with well alcohol i well can not have in my home so well i just may have to use it the other way to fix well the make up with but that is a realy neet tip

4 Jen Hill March 1, 2009 at 9:21 am

So smart BB! I have broken a few blushes and shadows in my day and next time will be sure to try your techniques to save them.

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