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Sunday, 28 November 2010

Fixing Broken Eyeshadows

One of my favourite eyeshadows broke last week when I stayed over at a friends..
And I figured it was the perfect opportunity to do a little ‘How To’ post showing how to fix it..

First thing I did was to take it out of my palette and place it on a clean surface (preferably one that you can wipe down after your finished in case you spill anything)

Then crumble the broken fragments into a fine powder (the finer the better) just try not to spill any over the sides of the pan.

Next comes the alcohol ;) technically any type of alcohol would work so long as it has a high percentage but the higher the percentage the better. So I opted for surgical spirits- or rubbing alcohol if you’re from the U.S. (the lower the alcohol content the longer it will eventually take to dry) Just pout a tiny bit in the lid.

Then.. the trick with this is to apply as little as you can to make the shadow into a paste (the closer to a liquid it is the longer it will take to dry and it might not set properly)

Make sure you also have a coin that fits the pan (for mac & urban decay a 2p works perfectly) and have either some tissue or scrap fabric ready for the next step...

This is perhaps the only remotely tricky bit. Take your coin and wrap it in the cloth/tissue as tight as possible, then press the coin into the shadow to ‘set’ the paste.

This may take a few attempts if this is your first go but... then you're done!

Simply pop it back into the palette to dry and you’re all finished :)

Mine only took about an hour to dry but I tend to leave them at least overnight just in case!

45 comments:

Jennifer said...

wow :D that's impressive!!! i've never try pressing an e/s or blush like that XD i used to think that shattered e/s or blushes can't be fixed hence i will use them as pigments or loose blushes ;) thanks for the tip though, may try that next time!

Hannahh x said...

This is suchhh a good idea! I might try this! :) xx

Keyta Hawkins said...

This is a really good idea, only a few weeks ago one of my eyeshadow pas broke in my bag whilst at college, i had to bin it :'( xxx

Fashion Queen said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.

charmed-chick said...

what a great tip :)
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Christina Marie said...

Ah great tip! Thanks for this, i have a few broken ones of my own x

D said...

WOW great idea!

i am now a FOLLOWER!

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Emma said...

this is so helpful thanks so much for posting this! ahh all the money i've wasted putting broken shadows in the bin haha but not anymore :) xxxx

..R May A.. said...

@Emma I threw away so many broken shadows until i found out how to do this - saves so much money :)

Ansa said...

I need to do this to a couple of mine. Kitten by Stila shattered lately. This is the 2nd kitten I shatter. Great post. :)

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh that is soooo cool!!! I never even thought of trying to fix an eyeshadow after it broke, haha
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Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh this is such a fantastic tip - it looks brand new!! :)

johanna said...

oHh what a GERAT tip!

Cowbiscuits said...

such a good idea! I'd have totally thrown it in the bin :P xx

Diana said...

great tutorial!

*Starsglittermagic* said...

such a useful post! i've always wondered how to do this. thanks!x

LipglossAndLeopardPrint. said...

Omg.. That's such a useful post! Such a good idea! Can you do that for bronzers etc as well? xx

..R May A.. said...

@LipglossAndLeopardPrint I imagine you could do this for any pressed powder - I haven't tried it myself but I don't see why not :)

julianne. said...

this is the most awesome tip ever.
thanks so much for sharing.
thisis just great!

Cynthia Z said...

Good job! :). I need to fix a broken bronzer, so I just need some alcohol now. Hmm... I wonder if Vodka would do :D

♥xx♥

ching said...

oh my goodness this is super helpful! i had no idea alcohol can act as paste. :D thanks for sharing.

Liz said...

Wow I will definitely try this next time instead of throwing it away or resorting to using little crumbly pieces!

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this tutorial! I never knew you could do that, what a neat trick. :)

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

SilhouetteScreams said...

Great tutorial! I think I would have just looked at the eyeshadow and cried. XD

What eyeshadow was it?

pixelhazard said...

Oh wow that is soooo handy to know!
Will definately have to remember this
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Katie said...

great idea!

Kb said...

Great tip, thanks! I'm always being silly and dropping mine or not packing them properly when travelling, so this will help!

kirstyb said...

oh thats amazing thanks for sharing xxxx

Mooshi.Chui said...

wow that was awesome!!!
im going to try that

xx mooshi

www.mooshichui.blogspot.com

..R May A.. said...

@SilhouetteScreams It was UD sin - probably my most used!
@Kb I'm always forgetting to pack mine properly - so this trick comes in useful all the time :)

Nadine said...

Thats insane!! Thank you so much for sharing this! I'm defo gonna try this out!

ediot said...

woW thats great! i broke a new eyeshadow too. from my favorite brand make-up store.
will definitely try this out. thanks for sharing
xx

Nat Elizabeth said...

WOW that is seriously impressive.
What an amaze how-to-do post! Never knew something like this existed :)

P.s I've finally got a new post up!

NE

Venus In Virgo said...

Awesome post! I have so many messed up shadows, thanks! XOXO

Ahleessa said...

I use to fix it this way in the past too... hehe~

UrbanMermaid said...

Genius! I've always wondered how to do that lol xx

Cherry Pullinger said...

That is the best make up tip ever!

Dressing Up For Me said...

Wow, this cool! My eyeshadows aren´t crumbly yet but I´ll definitely remember this post when they crack. Thanks for the trick! :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

What a great trick. I've got so many old broken eye shadows...

Dina (XYYan) said...

Thanks for the great tip! I think we can do this method to fix any broken makeups, like blush and powder foundation :)

Winnie said...

Oh this is a great idea! I love the colours in your palette. What's the colour that is on the bottom left in the last photo? I have a palette filled with browns/nudes too!

..R May A.. said...

@Winnie it's Trax from mac - it's a really pretty plum with gold reflexs :)

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing Hun!
I remember seeing a tutorial on this method on youtube and I always kept it in mind in case I needed to do that to any of my cracked shadows :)

Hannah said...

Ahh thank you for this post I will definately be doing this :) x

Prutha said...

this is such a great idea!!!