How To Fix a Broken Compact May 5, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)

I'm always incredibly frustrated when I open my compact and discover nothing but crumbs. Not only is it impossible to use, it's also a huge waste of money to throw out half of your makeup! Crumbling makeup palettes are all too common with blush, bronzer, eye shadow, and anything else that can come in a compact powder. But don't throw away your makeup just yet! We have a way to fix a broken compact in just three steps. All you’ll need for this quick (and handy) DIY solution is some rubbing alcohol, a few Q-Tips, and an eyedropper.

Step 1. Collect Your Makeup and Add Alcohol

Put all of the crumbling makeup from the compact into a tiny bowl. (If your compact is large enough you can complete this step inside your old compact. If it is a small compact, we recommend using a bowl.) Try not to lose any powder and make sure there is enough makeup left (once it has been broken) to make it worth your while. From there, using an eyedropper, add a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol until it is all absorbed. You can pour it directly into the compact if you have a steady hand and forego the eyedropper. The amount to use will depend on how much makeup is broken, but don’t overdo it. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away, and the more you add, the longer it takes to set.

Step 2. Mix

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Mix the makeup and alcohol with a Q-Tip until you have created a thick paste. (You can also just use your finger, but we recommend a clean, new Q-Tip to avoid putting bacteria into your makeup and getting a potential eye infection - gross!) You do not want it to be too runny, and we do not want chunks of dried makeup within the paste (that kind of defeats the purpose). Be sure to mix it as best as you can for a smooth result.

Step 3. Return to Palette

Put the makeup paste back into your compact (if you completed steps one and two directly in your compact, then you can skip over that part). Level the paste so it is sitting flat in the compact and leave it to sit and dry overnight. The alcohol will eventually evaporate, and your makeup will be as good as new!

We've all experienced a broken compact or two (or three, or four...) after dropping them on the floor or carrying them around in your purse. If you carry your makeup with you often, try placing a couple of cotton balls on top of the makeup before you close it and pack it in your purse.  You may have to rip up the cotton balls up to fit the size of the compact, but the cotton will help keep your makeup palette stable and prevent any unexpected bumps from cracking the surface! Let us know if either of these DIY solutions work for you in the comments.

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