Got a Broken Compact? Here’s How to Fix It!

Published on April 23rd, 2011

It’s inevitable. One day your makeup bag will come crashing down and you will be left with a a bunch of little plastic compacts filled with what looks a lot more like sand than makeup. I know because it happened to me. Occasionally I splurge on a makeup purchase. On my latest trip to SoHo I stopped in to the M.A.C store to get a tutorial on the smokey eye, which has eluded me for quite some time, whenever I try to pull off the look I always end up looking like Dolly Parton after watching Old Yeller, only less glam.

So after my smokey eye makeover (look out pussycat dolls) my salesperson suggested that I take home the silvery- black color she used on me, and $15 later I was skipping down Spring street with my vampy look in tow.

But then what happens is out of a horror story. I slip, and my little M.A.C bag comes crashing onto the sidewalk. I was too scared to look at my little eye shadow, I knew what would await me.

When I got home it was just as I feared, my eyeshadow was smashed to smithereens.

A couple of internet searches later I found this little trick that I just had to share with all of you.

Here is what you need:

– some sort of small paddle or stick (I used a metal nail file)

– your destroyed eye shadow (or any other type of pressed makeup)

– a bottle of rubbing alcohol

Step 1: Pour rubbing alcohol to the top of your compact

Step 2: Use your toothpick, paddle, tongue depressor or whatever you’ve got to combine the mixture together. Be careful not to mix it too enthusiastically, you may have some overflow and this is not bueno.

Step 3: Smooth the top so that your compact will look nice and new then, be patient, put your compact on a flat surface and let it dry overnight.

Once it’s dry you will have a brand new eyeshadow! Here is the before and after of a gold shadow that I did yesterday. Uh- Mazing!



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