Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Temptalia Asks You

Do you have any suggestions or tips on how to fix broken makeup? Share your quick fixes!

Temptalia's AnswerFor powder products, you can add alcohol and mash it together so it’s kind of like a thick paste, and then press it using a quarter over wax paper or a cotton shirt. For lipsticks, you can melt the bottom a bit, which will help it to adhere to the base again. Gel eyeliners can be revived sometimes by microwaving or adding mixing medium.

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36 thoughts on “Do you have any suggestions or tips on how to fix broken makeup?

  1. I did this with 2 of my MAC shadows and they work even better now! Carbon is notorious for swatching terribly/being patchy, but now it’s sooo creamy. And Electra goes on like it’s wet!

  2. I usually press it or use some alcohol to press it.

  3. Dorna

    For re-pressing shadows, make sure you use the highest proof of isopropyl alcohol you can find, that way it’ll dry faster. Stars Makeup Haven sells MAC-sized empty pans and empty palettes for a decent price!

    For dried out mascaras, gel liners and things like that: Seal them in a plastic bag that you know won’t leak and put it in a cup of hot water for a minute or two… softens it right up! Make sure the water isn’t on a heat source, or else the bag will melt =]

  4. Blow-drying gel eyeliner a bit with the lid on helps, too!

  5. Heather

    I am really looking forward to reading everyone’s tips! Usually if I have a broken shadow I will crush it up and use it loose or for a lipstick de-pot it!

  6. jillian

    Do you just add rubbing alcohol? I have a few lorac blushes I took out of a palette I didn’t like, but i’d never tried that before, and they are a little crumbly and seem fragile now.

  7. Yazmin

    Nail polish that has become too thick can be thinned down by adding a tiny bit of nail polish remover and shaken.

    a mascara thats on its way to drying up can be revived for a few more extra uses by putting them in a cup of very hot water

    • Miss Tayva

      It’s actually a lot safer to use a proper polish thinner than nail polish remover. Polish thinners usually contain and replenish vital ingredients that may have evaporated from a polish…
      Whereas nail polish remover can break down pigments and any other additives. I used to think there wasn’t a difference until I poured a teeny bit of nail polish remover in a glittery polish… it dissolved ALL of the glitter :-(
      I was sad.

  8. Amanda

    any suggestions for fixing powders that turned hard after wet applications? besides just scraping the yucky layer off?

  9. heidi

    You can also use eyedrops on gel liner to rewetten it.with eyedrops, not contact solution it has to be actual eye drops.

  10. Hend

    Oh thanks for the Gel liner trick ! I have a stash of them that need to be revived :( !

  11. I do the alcohol trick for powder products.
    For gel liners I pour a little bit of the top part of Neutrogena Oil-free makeup remover (the one you have to shake) and mix it with the back of a small spoon; it works beautifully, because of the same silicone base of both products.

  12. do you think I could microwave a cream eyeshadow? One of my benefit creaseless creams is drying out a bit. anyone tried?

  13. Sylvie

    Could you elaborate on how I can melt the bottom of my lipstick? I have one that’s broken because it got too hot in my jeans pocket during summer (so I think it melted and then broke) and I’ve no idea how I can fix that. Thanks!

    • You could use a blow dryer or a lighter! You just want to get the very bottom of the lipstick (where it connects to the tube) enough so it will be squishy and then harden back in place.

    • Kris

      Or, check out Dusty Hunter’s video on organizing/de-tubing lipsticks, if it can’t be salvaged and stuck back to the bottom of the tube; he suggests using small, clear containers to hold lipstick (you do the same thing, melt it a little with a blow dryer, but instead of sticking it back, you pull it out with an exacto knife); that way you can still use it with your fingertips or a lip brush.

  14. Marta

    I have inglot’s Duraline, and although when I purchased it they told me it was to be used as a waterproofing mix medium, me and my friends only use it for resucitating Fluidines, which otherwise we would just stop purchasing. Really, it is the most lasting (and affordable) solution we have found for them, and sometimes gel products dry SO fast in Madrid’s dry-hot weather you just need to get a solution.

    • Sara

      I just bought Inglot’s Duraline for my loose pigments. Can you elaborate on how to revive the fluidlines using the Duraline? Do you mean put a few drops in the jar or wet the blush with the duraline & then swipe the fluidline. I have about 6 fluidlines that are starting to separate and would love to revive them.

      • Marta

        I usually put a drop on the Fluidine (or any gel eye liner like Elf’s) and with that I can usually work it for a day or two, no matter how dry it was. Some will say you could do that with olive oil or eyedrops, and they do work to revive gel eyeliners. But Duraline it’s the only thing I’ve tried that gives the eyeliner its original consistency & pigmentation back. My friends also use it for dry mascaras, but I’ve got very sensitive eyes and haven’t dared yet. It’s really a great product if you don’t want to get MAC’s mixing medium!

  15. Catherine

    For broken eyeshadow just crush up whatever is left of the eyeshadow into a fine powder, put some rubbing alcohol and make it a paste. Then if it’s in a single case drop the container so it distributes the paste evenly, if it’s in a palette press it with pantyhose wrapped around a coin the same size as the eyeshadow. Be sure not to use too much with matte colors though.

  16. Jessica

    I’ve revived gel liners with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. Just add a drop in, close the liner tightly, and leave it to soak in overnight. I’ll have to try using mixing medium, too!

  17. Liz

    Ok, bookmarking this post. Then in case of emergency I can just whip it out.

    Sorry, don’t have any tips, except crying when my eyeshadow breaks (as it happened a few days ago with my brand-new Wet n’ Wild shadow,) and then hope maybe my tears can fix it. 😉

  18. Lauryn

    For drying mascaras: A spray or two of MAC Fix+ into the tube, replace wand and gently stir with the wand. No pumping up and down, this forces air INTO the tube and mascara dries out quicker this way.

    For Gel liners: Inglot has a product called Duraline. Its about 7$ and you can revive your gel liners with this stuff, as well as turn powder shadows into gel liners. Stuff is the BEST..

    For broken powders.. I have a spice grinder that i use only for makeup. I usually put the broken powder into it, grind it up fine and then put it into a round flat container with a shaker top and apply the product with a kabuki brush.

  19. BooBooNinja

    Can you use the alcohol method with baked blushes too?

  20. Eva

    I have some MUFE Aqua Cream eye shadows that are drying up, would the fluidline trick apply to these?

    • Marta

      Yes! 😀 it was my first try! It isn’t permanent though, so I’d go one drop and one use at a time, no point using a lot of Duraline since it is going to dry out again eventually!

  21. lunohodik

    for mascaras-few drops of eye make-up remover onto the wand-not too much just a couple of drops, put the wand back into the tube, after 1 hour its ready to go. I use it mostly for YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils as it dries in 2-3 weeks and becomes as hard as a rock but plenty of product left in the tube. the eye make-up remover that works the best for this trick is Garnier’s Clean & Fresh Eye Makeup Remover. but I guess you can do the trick with any mascara and any not-oily not micellar eye make-up remover:)
    again – the eye make-up remover must be oil-free to do this trick!!!

    • BooBooNinja

      I’ve never heard of this before!
      If people use nail polish remover to thin out thick nail polishes, then it goes to reason that your trick may work with mascara!

  22. laura

    i heard somewhere that you can use like a silicone based primer to revive gel liners…

  23. BooBooNinja

    Can you use the alcohol method to fix baked blushes and baked eyeshadows? I’m concerned it’ll make the product rock-hard.

  24. Annie

    I press loose and broken shadows with 91% rubbing alcohol and a drop of TKB Trading My Mix Clean Pressing Medium. The shadows apply super creamy and foil like they’re wet. Also a mix of the alcohol and pressing medium in a spray bottle will fix messy dusty powders like blushes can tend to be. I’ve also used the pressing medium to press loose glitter into a pan! (tip: glycerin from any drug store can used as well in place of the pressing medium)