How To Fix Broken Makeup Powder Compact

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Good Morning and happy Wednesday.  Let’s chat about my favorite makeup life hack.  How to fix broken makeup powder when it either takes a tumble or is running low.  First things first.  Some housekeeping things.

Nothing like waking up in the morning to see your site is down for 30 minutes.  You know like the busiest time when people read your blog with their morning coffee and check their email.  Thanks GoDaddy hosting I really appreciate that.  So please go and check out my post from yesterday.  Its all about why you should ditch your antiperspirant and I’ll tell you that potential health reasons to do so.  Like all 60 minutes “Could your deodorant be giving you cancer???“” bah bah boommmmm.  Are you intrigued?  It’s pretty good if I do say so myself.  If I do say so myself.  You know just getting a little Jay Z up in here.  Okay I’ll stop rapping rambling.  Just check it and see all the things I’m digging lately.

Since I switched over to wordpress (I promise I have a post explaining all coming your way) I’ve had to go back and update some of my older posts.  You know like update the metatags and keywords.  For all the people who read to enjoy and aren’t bloggers you can glaze over now and just tell me you don’t care about the background logistics, just keep things pretty and moving along right?  ;-)  Anyways, so as I was digging through some archives, I came to a conclusion.  One, I’m pretty funny especially after a few drinks and blogging.  Two, I had some extremely informative tutorials in the past.  I found this one and thought I would spice it up for you.  Then Mia told me it has saved her makeup a few times and I was like yes.  Definitely need to share this one for my newer readers and a reminder for everyone from the early days.

How To Fix Broken Makeup Powder

I am still so surprised that a lot of people don’t know about this tutorial!  When my little came for my bridal shower I pretty much saved her compacts including her bronzer, blush and eyeshadows.  It works.  So without further ado.  Let me show you how to fix broken makeup powder.  No matter how little is left.  Like I’m talking dusty crumbs status.  It will work.

First, let me tell you.  I am not crafty at all.  I wish I was.  My poor little in my Sorority, I swear I told her let me just take you out for dinner and buy you wine instead of trying to make Big/Little clues on Cardboard.  Me + Glue gun = Disaster.  I will actually say her paddle was my one shining moment.

So here was my epic project that I’m sure to some of you this is old news but for me it was an epic discovery that actually worked.  I’m going to show you how to fix broken makeup compact that started off like this.

fix broken compact powder

Ended up looking like this.

fix broken makeup powder

I’ve told you before I’m a Bare Minerals gal especially now they’ve idiot proofed the packaging and placed the loose minerals into a pressed compact.  I still use this but also NARS Laguna is on heavy rotation. 

It’s all great until your makeup bag tacks a tumble and you are left with the above related mess.  If only I could make it look this graceful!

I was quite heartbroken because you know I’m trying to be all savvy and save money.  I remembered in the back of my head a previous pin about how to fix broken makeup powder and I trucked to Target to get some rubbing alcohol.

I was so proud of myself guys.  Not only did I go to Target and not pick up anything else but I actually left with what I went in there for.

Okay so here is what you do to fix broken makeup powder.  Take the messy compact, rubbing alcohol and saran wrap.  Place a few drops of rubbing alcohol into the compact and place the saran wrap over. Then with your finger start mashing up the product even breaking up the powder that is not broken. Start pushing it all down until it starts to turn into a paste like consistency.

This is about the time I started to freak out a little in my head and started to second guess this decision.  I figured well if I messed it up it was broken to begin with so I kept on with the project.

I got fed up with the saran wrap halfway through so I grabbed a tiny spatula and started smoothing the paste. Once it was flat I left it out overnight with the lid open (just wanted to clarify because I need very specific instructions when trying to follow something new).

I woke up in the morning and wouldn’t you know.  All the alcohol evaporated, it didn’t smell and my compact was ready to rock and roll.

I saved myself some money and I’m pretty pumped to have the life of my compact extended.

I read another tutorial after the fact that said to place a paper towel over the top of it to blot out the excess oil. That probably would have been a great idea.  Also make sure to just use a few drops….I went a little overboard and my compact was a little soupy instead of being a paste.

This can work for broken foundations, bronzers, eyes shadows basically anything that is a power.

Fix broken makeup powder

My other favorite life hack is when you’re done with a Bath & Body works candle dump hot water in.  The wax at the bottom will float to the top.  Let it cool and then clean it out.  Use it for storing bathroom products like cotton balls or my current use Qtips.  Full instructions here.

Placing a wooden spoon over a pot prevents it from boiling over.


 My last DIY for you was from this weekend.  Get a spray bottle.  Go to the dollar store because Target and Home Depot will try to charge you $4.  Then go to Lowes because apparently Walmart and Target are sold out of it.  I will save you that trip to Walmart unless you want a great show.  We trucked to Target to learn they were sold out as well.  However, it was a great winning experience for me to prove to a certain someone that Targets price on Dawn was the exact same price as Walmart.  Anyways……get cleaning vinegar.  Mix one cup, heat for 90 seconds.  Add 1 cup of blue dawn dish soap.  Put into spray bottle. Then spray down your tub like where you stand.  You know all those nasty boy feet marks that they leave. Well an hour later, hit it with warm water and watch them go bye bye.  It was fantastic.  I did scrub a little bit with a sponge and they were all gone.  Plus no scary bleach that you have to breath in.  Done and Done.

So there are my two life saving tutorials.  Have you ever tossed a broken compact because you didn’t think it could get saved?  Let me know if you’ve tried this in the past!  Hope you are having a great day and check my post from yesterday now that my site is all happy again.  xoxoxo

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  1. June 17, 2015 / 5:52 AM

    I saw this hack on Pinterest awhile ago but completely forgot about it until now! I definitely need to try this the next time I break a compact. Is it bad I kinda want to purposely break one to try this? Haha!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. June 17, 2015 / 6:08 AM

    So smart! Great hack, lady!

  3. June 17, 2015 / 6:12 AM

    That was definitely one of my favorite hacks!! Also I do the wooden spoon trick all the time…sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t lol!!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  4. June 17, 2015 / 7:35 AM

    Great hacks!!
    I’ve never had to use the compact trick, luckily.
    I love putting a wooden spoon over a boiling pot! I do that all the time. But word to the wise–it doesn’t work with a curved wooden spoon. Haha

  5. June 17, 2015 / 7:37 AM

    This is such a good hack. My kids always knock over my compacts.. ok fine I’ve been known to drop a few also. I love all the others too! The spoon thing pretty much saves my life everyday making dinner with three kids running around. I absolutely love cleaning with vinegar and dawn. I never saw that candle thing! I have an excuse to go buy some candles now. Oh and congrats on buying nothing else at Target, because I went to the health food store for probiotics and came out with about 6 other purchases lol. That is not the place to pick up extra items either haha. xo

  6. June 17, 2015 / 8:28 AM

    This sounds like a total lifesaver!!! I broke a Nars compact over the weekend and have been all pouty about it, but thanks to you I now have a plan of action…I’ll try to repair it tonight!

  7. June 17, 2015 / 8:49 AM

    I saw this on Pinterest a while back! It works for blushes, eye shadows, etc. I’m telling you, the old school stuff (rubbing alcohol, vinegar, baking soda) is pure gold. They’re functional for everything! Funny story: I tried the wooden spoon trick. You know, so I could cook pasta and take a quick shower at the same time… I ended up with a boiled over pot and a scorched wooden spoon. I feel like that one is an old wives tale! Or my heat was way way way too high…

  8. June 17, 2015 / 8:56 AM

    domesticated diva over here! look at you go haha. all great tips! although i may never stop bleaching my shower. it’s huge and all white top to bottom and it’s the only thing that i have found that makes it stay that way. i’m horrified to ever see it otherwise. lol. great post girl!


  9. June 17, 2015 / 9:42 AM

    Ahh I need to do this! Thanks for the tips. I can’t wait to try it on my broken makeup.

  10. June 17, 2015 / 9:43 AM

    Awesome tutorial! I have a blush I need to do this with. I love the spoon trick – every time I forget to place it I end up with a ridiculous mess.

  11. June 17, 2015 / 10:16 AM

    You are magical!! Best save ever! I will also be making that magic cleaning potion because as much as I love all of my natural cleaners, they don’t always get the job done!

  12. Shelby | Recent Somethings
    June 17, 2015 / 12:43 PM

    Totally giving you a standing ovation for this one. Your hacks on how to fix broken makeup are everything girl!! Great job!

  13. June 17, 2015 / 1:23 PM

    Shut UP! I’m so excited. I currently have a broken compact and it’s making me so sad! I can’t wait to do this when I get home!!! Also, the dawn & cleaning vinegar in the tub is wonderful! The bathtub needs cleaned in our place so I think I’ll give this a try. Thanks, lady!!

  14. June 17, 2015 / 3:20 PM

    Heck yeah, high 5! Brilliant on that compact! I never knew that could be done so I have thrown away many a compact with pebbly remnants. Lol. Happy Wednesday beautiful!


  15. June 17, 2015 / 4:22 PM

    This has happened to me one too many times, whether it be foundation/blush/eyeshadow, etc… thanks so much for this great tip!

    And I was wondering what was wrong with your site yesterday morning, but then it was working later on… YAY!

  16. Kristina
    June 17, 2015 / 9:33 PM

    Wow- these are great, girl!! I actually just bought a BareMinerals compact yesterday so at least now if it ever breaks, I’ll know just what to do :)

  17. June 18, 2015 / 6:48 AM

    Love this hack! And I also loved the SORCERY gif lol

  18. June 18, 2015 / 11:26 PM

    That make up idea is genius. Pinning for later for sure. That Dawn/Vinegar trick is the BEST. I totally discovered it because of my husband… and it’s the best ever. I’m way overdue for that cleaning too.

  19. June 19, 2015 / 1:09 PM

    this is seriously awesome! pinning this right now!

  20. June 19, 2015 / 5:21 PM

    I love having this post handy for when I have a less than graceful day and break one of my coveted compacts!!! And that last hack with the cleaner? I need to do that ASAP! I was just looking at the tub this morning and thinking it needed deep cleaning soon.

  21. June 23, 2015 / 1:13 PM

    I’ve got some bronzer that just started to break so I will definitely be trying this! And that shower hack! I don’t think there is anything worse than scrubbing a bath tub.

  22. Brenda
    July 11, 2016 / 7:28 AM

    Can you use the methyl alcohol or no? Please help me ladies!!!

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