DIY Trick: How to Fix Broken Makeup!

How many times have you watched in slow motion as your favorite makeup slipped from your hands (or got knocked over by your INCORRIGIBLE cat) only to land face down on the cold hard ground?? Crushed up bits of what was once the most beautiful and perfect addition to your makeup stash turning to a sad case of dust. But hey...don't worry, Dummies! You don’t have to toss it in the trash (or struggle to keep using it without making a mess.) Turns out you can easily restore it to it’s original glory with a few easy steps!

You’ll Need:

  • Broken powder makeup

  • Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol – higher % is better. We used 91%!

  • A spoon

  • Cellophane/plastic wrap


  1. Grab your broken makeup and crush up the remaining bits with the handle of a spoon. Make sure you crush it well to create a fine powder that looks consistent throughout.

  2. Fill the cap of the rubbing alcohol and a few drops to your crushed powder, a little at a time. You want it to be wet enough that it becomes a paste, but not so wet that it thins out or never dries! The amount of makeup in your container will determine how much alcohol you will need.

  3. Use the end of the spoon and stir the powder and alcohol together to create a paste. Add more rubbing alcohol if needed.

  4. Place a small sheet of cellophane smoothly on top of the paste you’ve just made.

  5. Press firmly on the cellophane with the back of the spoon to create an even layer.

  6. Keeping the cellophane on the container, smooth and press the makeup with your finger. You want to create an even layer across the compact.

  7. Remove the cellophane and continue to smooth the makeup with the back of the spoon.

  8. Wipe the outside of the container clean. If you see any cracks forming, this means your mixture is too dry. Just add a little more rubbing alcohol on top and smooth it in with your finger.

  9. Set out to dry for at least 24 hours.

Viola! Good as new!

Keep those paws wrapped tight around your new and improved makeup and don’t forget to tag us at #beautydummyDIY to share any tips you picked up along the way!