Imagine my horror when I got home super happy with my Sephora Black Friday Haul, only to find that my brand new Becca highlighter was already broken inside! In Malaysia, there is a refund policy where you had 7-14 days to return a product in it’s original packaging with no damage. I contacted the Sephora customer service team but I have not heard back.. and it’s been three weeks. Frustrated, I decided to take matters into my own hands because the powder is so pretty and I just wanted to be able to use it. I fixed it and it doesn’t look as good as new, but at least it’s usable. So today I thought I’d show you How to Fix Broken Makeup!
If you’re here to fix a broken Becca powder, let me know in the comments! The Becca powders are freaking amazing but they break so easily like they don’t care about our feelings. Rude.
I love using this trick to fix broken makeup because it does not alter the formula or finish of the product. You can use this to fix broken eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, highlighters, powders, etc. It’s so simple and uses products you probably already have at home! All you need is rubbing alcohol, some paper towels, and a butter knife. It takes 5 minutes to fix, and then you leave it on overnight to dry and it’ll be good to use by the morning time.
What You Need to Fix Broken Makeup:
1) Rubbing Alcohol
2) Butter Knife
3) Paper Towel
4) Eye Brush/Wooden Stick
Shatter. It. All!
Using the back of an eye brush, or a wooden stick, break up the powder into really small pieces. You can use literally anything to do this – a chopstick, the back of a pencil, your fingers even! Yes, this step will be painful to do and watch if you’re a hardcore makeup addict like me, but oh well.
Press It Down!
I use a spray bottle to spray on some rubbing alcohol onto the powder. If you don’t have a spray bottle, pour a small amount directly onto the powder. Then, using your fingers, press the powder down to make all the small pieces stick together.
Flatten With Butter Knife
After pressing down the powder, pour in some rubbing alcohol until your powder turns into a paste (like above picture). Then, using a butter knife, spread the product (like how you’d spread butter on toast!) to flatten it and make it look as close to it’s original state as possible.
Flatten with Round, Flat Surface
Put a couple of paper towels on the powder. Then, using anything that is round with a flat bottom that is the size of your powder, press down firmly. For example, I’m using a small Bath & Body Works White Barn candle for my Becca highlighter. It’s the perfect size! This step will make sure each part of your powder is perfectly even and flat.
Then, leave your compact open to allow the rubbing alcohol to evaporate. I like to leave it overnight to make sure it’s completely dry. If you’re pressed for time, two hours should suffice.
That’s it! It literally takes a couple of minutes to to turn your messy, broken makeup into a usable, almost as good as new product. The rubbing alcohol doesn’t alter the formula or the finish of the product, but it does alter the smell! Just a quick warning, it will smell like rubbing alcohol, but it doesn’t linger on your face.
Rubbing alcohol is safe to use on the skin, but an excessive amount can dry out the skin. But your newly-fixed product will not dry out your skin because the rubbing alcohol has evaporated. I’ve used this technique to fix a couple of different makeup products over the past few years, and it has always worked! It doesn’t break me out or dry out my skin at all.
I hope this post was helpful to you, and you save some money by not having to throw out broken makeup. It’s so easy to fix broken makeup, it only takes a couple of steps! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried this method, or if you have any other techniques of fixing broken makeup!
Thanks for reading, xoxo