How to Fix Broken Powder Makeup

fix broken makeup

Have you ever dropped an eyeshadow, blush, or powder compact and had the powder go everywhere? I’ve done it, but I don’t like wasting makeup, so here is how to fix your broken powder to make it good as new:

how to fix broken powder makeup

  1. Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the powder and let it soak in. (Use a dropper to control the amount.)
  2. Press the powder in place using the back of a spoon.
  3. Let it dry for a day or two.

That’s all you have to do! No more loose powder all over your makeup bag.

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  1. That’s a great solution! What about eyeshadow though…would the alchohol in it be harmful to your eyes? Think I might skip it on busted eyeshadows with my sensitive eyes, but for blush/powder that sounds like a great fix.

    • I used it to repair my eyeshadow (it’s the one in the picture), and it was fine. The alcohol evaporates after a day or two.

    • It should be fine. I use alcohol to disinfect my eyeshadows. Just wait for the alcohol to evaporate.

  2. It never even occurred to me that there was a solution for that! I can’t stand having lose powder fall onto my clean (or at least, sometimes clean) bathroom counter. Thank you!
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  3. you are a cool lady! great blog, always look forward to reading it! Keep it up! Carol, Singapore

  4. Bridget says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Brilliant! Thanks for the tip!
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  6. holy crow! i cannot wait to try this. thanks for the tip!

  7. What!? I had no idea you could do that! I dropped my blush a few weeks ago and used it in pieces until I got so bothered that I bought a new one. If only I had known I could fix it. Thank you!
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  8. You just blew my mind. Seriously.

  9. Thank you!! My powder breaks all the time and it makes such a mess when I try to use it. I can’t wait to give this a shot.

  10. Great solution — perfect timing, too, as I just recently dropped a container of Mac eyeshadow! Thanks for sharing.

  11. No way! Thank you, Rachel. You just saved this clutz major money. :)

  12. What a great idea! This has happened to me often over the years and it feels like such a waste to throw it away but it is such a pain to use it. Can’t wait to try it
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  13. oh genius! I thought the solution was throwing it away! Thanks for the helpful tip.
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  14. What? Really? That little tip just made my day! :)
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  15. Rachel, you’re KILLING me. I just threw away one of these yesterday!!

    Luckily, it has sisters in my makeup drawer I can try this trick out on :)
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  16. that is genius! i never even thought of there being a solution. so simple too!
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  17. I never knew that. Incredible!! Over the years, once I dropped mine, I just tossed it out. Thanks.
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  18. This is such a great tip, thank you! I *always* drop powder compacts, and then have to live with them for ages since I use makeup so infrequently.

  19. Suzanne says:

    Who knew? Obviously you did! thanks for the tip.

  20. I thought your solution was going to be to grind out the lumps and use it as a loose powder. Ha! I like your idea better. ;-)
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  21. Rachel, you are a genius! :)

  22. I am proud to say that I knew about it :) I learnt this trick from beauty blogs. Some bloggers also experiment with creating their own colours from a few broken items. I’m super careful with my make up so I never dropped anything. This is a great tip and worth sharing!

  23. wow, this is an incredibly helpful tip, I just love what you share. Have a fabulous day!
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  24. Karen F says:

    brilliant! thank you for sharing this!

  25. No way! I didn’t know this was possible. I’m going to use this tip next time. Thanks!

  26. What a fantastic tip! I hate it when the powder busts.

  27. Wow! I had no idea! Another great use for rubbing alcohol too! Thank you so much for sharing your tip. I spend a pretty penny on my favorite cosmetics so to know all is not lost is fabulous.
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  28. Love this trick!! I’ve used it before and it’s a lifesaver (and $ saver :) )

  29. I’m with Emily: MIND BLOWN.

    Infinite thanks!

  30. What a fantastic tip! I was really bummed to have to throw away my new powder foundation when I dropped it a few months back. Now if I do that again I won’t have to throw it away. Thanks!