I’m the worst at handling my belongings. It seems like the more expensive the product, the more I’m prone to breaking them!
Case in point: One of my favorite powder foundation compacts is the Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation. I’ve purchased this powder at least 3-4 times now over the past few years. Out of those times, I’ve broken the compact twice.
If this is a familiar sounding scenario to you, have no fear! It may be extremely frustrating to have to deal with this problem again and again though but there is an easy way to fix a broken makeup compact. Whether it is a powder foundation, pressed powder, blush, bronzer, or eyeshadow, it can be saved!
How To Fix A Broken Makeup Compact
With this quick DIY fix, you don’t have to waste valuable product and spend a ton of money to replace it. The only thing that you will need on hand is rubbing alcohol.
The first step is figuring out which percentage of rubbing alcohol you want.
The higher the percentage, the faster the alcohol will evaporate when you are mixing it in with the broken pieces. I generally like to use 70% rubbing alcohol because 99% rubbing alcohol dries too fast for my liking.
Pour about a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol into the compact with the shattered makeup pieces.
Depending on how much product you have left, you can use your judgment and estimate how much more or less than a teaspoon you would need to mix in.
You may need to pour more rubbing alcohol if you use higher percentage rubbing alcohol.
Quickly mix the solution of alcohol and the shattered makeup pieces together using your fingers or a wooden craft stick. The consistency should feel like wet mud.
Pat down the softened mixture starting at the bottom of the compact and make sure the entire bottom surface has been covered. Continue to pat the mixture until the entire top surface is flat.
Step 5 (Optional)
Once you have patted the surface and still find that the surface is still bumpy and not flat, pour a little more alcohol into the compact. Lightly tilt the compact from left to right (like a see-saw) until the alcohol runs all over the entire surface. This should smooth out the surface.
Clean up the edges of the compact and store the compact lid open in a safe place. Let it air dry for 8-10 hours.
Voilà! Once it’s dry, you’ve got your compact back in one piece!
Repairing broken makeup compacts is a simple DIY project that doesn’t take much time and can help save you a ton of money in the long run.
Whether you dropped your compact on the ground or the product somehow shattered in another way, there is a way to fix it. It may not look exactly the same as it first did when you bought it from the store, but it’s still a great solution for those who don’t want to re-purchase the product again.