If you’re like me you hate to suddenly find that your favorite compact or eyeshadow is cracked or broken. Just as bad is discovering the nail polish you love is thick and drying out. And makeup brushes that are flimsy can be frustrating to use. But throwing out all these items can be expensive. The good news is, you don’t have to – read this article for tips about saving broken makeup, rescuing thickened nail polish and creating better brushes.

Saving Broken Makeup – Saving Cracked Or Broken Pan Of Powdered Makeup

Let’s start with the basics, which is something we’ve all experienced at one time or another. You open a favorite compact only to find the pan of powder is broken and loose or perhaps you drop a pan of eyeshadow and it cracks into a hundred pieces. Don’t despair – you can repair this makeup!

First, I will give you the simple steps to repairing broken pans of makeup – then we will go into details of how you can be even more careful in the repair work. The things you need for basic repair are household rubbing alcohol and an object with a smooth surface – this can be just about anything – even a spoon will work. Get a free mystery gift bag for Leap Year with orders of $20 or more, and enter to win a $100 e.l.f. gift card! Use code LEAP 2/28-2/29!

Just add a few drops of alcohol to the loosened powder and press it into a smoothed out shape. Depending on the size of the pan of makeup you will likely need 3 to 5 drops of alcohol. After smoothing out the powder allow it to dry completely before using.

If you want to take the extra steps you should begin by covering your broken makeup with a plastic sandwich bag. Insert the makeup into the bag and use a knife or similar object to ‘grind up’ any makeup that remains intact. After all the powder is loose you should then add enough rubbing alcohol to create a very thick consistency. Use the knife to smooth out the powder mix. Then you can cover the powder with a piece of cloth. Use a smooth surfaced item to press the powder and cloth into place. This will create a pattern on the top of your makeup. Remove the cloth and allow the makeup to thoroughly dry before using.

Rescuing Thickened Nail Polish

While you may not be able to make your nail polish last forever, you can rescue thickened nail polish that is on the verge of drying out. And all you need is nail polish thinner. Just add a few drops to your nail polish, replace the lid, and shake thoroughly. A nail polish remover that contains acetone also works. And believe it or not, you can even use household rubbing alcohol to help thin out your thick polish.

Creating Better Brushes

As promised, this article includes information about saving broken makeup, rescuing thickened nail polish and creating better brushes. If you’ve ever tried to apply makeup with a brush that just doesn’t cooperate, one that doesn’t have the firmness needed to accommodate your requirements, then you understand the frustrations that can result. Creating better brushes will remedy this problem and the way to do that is simple. In most cases you can simply use a pair of needle nose pliers to tighten down the metal clamp around the brush bristles. This forces a more compact and denser head on the brush, which makes it easier to control.

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