How To Revive Your Busted Beauty Products

Let's face it: It's hard to keep your makeup in fresh-from-the-store condition forever. And as any beauty freak will tell you, it can feel like the end of the world when you drop your favorite powder blush or lose the cap of a cream eyeshadow, resulting in a shriveled-up pot of useless product.

But before you toss your rejects, take a step back and assess the damage. Can this makeup be saved? If your products are broken, dry, running low, or just look weird, chances are you can breathe new life into them with a little ingenuity. We've rounded up five quick fixes for the most common debacles, so you can salvage your favorite makeup and save a little money in the process.

First, check out this video to see three of these hacks in action.
Illustrated by Tristan Offit.
Cracked Eyeshadow
If you've ever had to put on your makeup in a rush, or are just plain clumsy (ahem), you've probably dropped an eyeshadow or maybe even a whole palette. When the product hits the floor, it's typically a sad, broken, and crumbly mess. Fortunately, there are ways to salvage a broken pan of powder. All you need is a little isopropyl alcohol and some plastic wrap.

Try your best to gather all the broken pieces of powder and put them back in the pan, and then wind a piece of plastic wrap around it to keep the pieces in place. With your fingers, smash the eyeshadow through the plastic to create an almost loose-powder consistency. Then, unwrap it. Add a few drops of alcohol until the powder is saturated with liquid. Once the powder has a malleable texture, use a finger or a mini spatula to smooth it back into the pan. When it dries, your eyeshadow will be as good as new!
Illustrated by Tristan Offit.
Broken Lipstick
One of the worst things that can befall a lipstick lover is a broken bullet — or a melted one. Sadly, unless you have a lipstick mold, it's pretty difficult to restore the product to pristine condition. But with a little heat and an empty container, you can still get a lot of wear out of your favorite shade.

Simply spoon out the residual product with a knife, toothpick, or even a paper clip, and place all the lipstick you manage to recover in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt it in a microwave for 10 seconds, and repeat until it's completely liquefied. Pour the liquid into an empty lip-balm tube, allow to cool, and voilà — you've repurposed your broken lippy.
Illustrated by Tristan Offit.
Hard Film On Powder Products
If a powder product you love (eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, you name it) suddenly loses its pigmented qualities, chances are a hard film has developed on its surface. This is often due to oil buildup from months of use or unclean brushes. Often, people simply toss these products, but a strip of packing tape can bring them back from the brink.

Tear off a piece of packing tape and press it firmly over the top of the product. Then, gently pull off the tape and watch as the gross layer of film lifts away. That's it. You're back in business.
Illustrated by Tristan Offit.
Dried-Out Creams
Some of the most common wear-and-tear complaints are dried-out cream eyeshadow or blush that just doesn't perform like it used to. The fix is easy. All you do is add a little saline solution to the dried product, mixing it in with a toothpick. The salty liquid will restore much-needed moisture, but won't compromise the product's color or wear-time.
Illustrated by Tristan Offit.
Unreachable Product
If you ask us, the phrase "so close and yet so far" was made for that moment when you're down to the last few drops of a precious product — if only you could reach them! Usually, this is due to poorly designed packaging, and no matter how much you squeeze or prod with your doe-foot applicator, there always seems to be some left that won't budge.

Beauty spatulas were created for this very dilemma, and will help you save money in the long run. They look like mini silicone cooking utensils, and allow you to scrape up every last drop. Just make sure you have an empty container for decanting the product.
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