How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Makeup

How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Makeup tutorial


Receiving a pressed powdered product in the mail and seeing that it is broken is quite frustrating and heartbreaking. I received this HD Brows Blusher 2 in the post today and it was broken, more like shattered as pictured above. Devastated but then realise that I can fix it so it was “new” again. So here is a tutorial on fixing any pressed powdered makeup product (eyeshadow, bronzer, highlighter, powder etc) back to its original state. This technique can also be used to create a pressed eyeshadow from a loose pigment.

Tools needed:
Surgical spirit (can be bought in pharmacies and it’s cheap, also known as rubbing alcohol outside of the UK.)
Stick (nail cuticle pusher, end of tweezers, end of a cutlery or brush etc. Anything.)
Tissue or fabric
Coin (optional)

How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Makeup tutorial

1. Use the stick to carefully break up the pressed powder, breaking up the large bits into smaller bits so it will be able to stick together more easily.
How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Makeup tutorial

2. Pour in the surgical spirit. You can use a pipette, spoon, the cap of the bottle or pour it straight out of the bottle. Pour enough so that every little bit in the pan is saturated then mix it with the stick. It will become a paste like texture. Add more spirit if it isn’t. In this example, I used 2 caps full as the pan is slightly smaller than the palm of my hands. Then leave it to dry. The spirit will evaporate over time. It doesn’t matter if the top isn’t as flat as you wanted it to be.
How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Makeup tutorial

3. Once it is nearly solidified or not as wet (after an hour or more, depending on how much spirit you added), put the tissue or fabric on top of the pan and press it around with your fingers or a coin to flatten it. Excess spirit will be absorbed. Then leave it to fully evaporate and solidify. I would recommend leaving it overnight.
How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Makeup tutorial
How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Makeup tutorial
How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Makeup tutorial

You can now use it as normal! The texture and pigmentation would be the same as it was before it was shattered. I think it’s best to clean up around the pan after step two as it is very difficult to clean it once you get the spirit onto the packaging and left it to dry. Kind of ruined it. Sigh and I’ve got to review this later on.
How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Makeup tutorial

For turning loose pigment into pressed powder, scoop the pigment into the eyeshadow pan then follow steps two and three. With this, you can create your own shade by mixing pigments together. Quite fun to experiment with.


  1. Lauren Dewar
    11th October 2013 / 9:28 pm

    I never even thought about using surgical spirit to fix powdered makeup! Such a good idea, will be using this from now on. πŸ™‚

    Lauren x

  2. Sophie Pocock
    11th October 2013 / 9:30 pm

    Great tutorial I would never thought you could fix them had it when powders break.


  3. Diana
    11th October 2013 / 10:02 pm

    Really amazing tutorial!
    I would pretty much cry myself out if any blush or eyeshadow got broken.
    Please take care, have a nice day :3

  4. Laura
    11th October 2013 / 11:25 pm

    I love this trick! I've fixed quite some eyeshadows and blushers with it, but I didn't know the paper/coin part, mine always windeup all un-even


  5. Jade | JadeFungBlog
    12th October 2013 / 12:58 am

    I had to do this with a MAC mineralize blush, though of course then I lost the super pretty coral/pink/gold swirl that it originally had πŸ™ thought about buying it again but I guess I get the exact same colour payoff anyway -_-. If I received this in a post though I'd get onto whoever sent it and ask for a replacement!

    Jade | JadeFungBlog

  6. Junjun
    12th October 2013 / 1:17 am

    WOW! Thanks for sharing this tip! >u<

  7. Rena Blank
    12th October 2013 / 3:15 am

    This is so useful! I just broke a beautiful teal shadow from Victoria's Secret and they don't make it anymore so I am definitely going to do this! xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

  8. Reshma RayConnect
    12th October 2013 / 5:05 am

    I had tried this method on a broken eye shadow & it really works!

    Primed with Prettiness

  9. Erika
    12th October 2013 / 7:16 am

    Wow! Will remember this and now I want to create my own shades!! I am going to bookmark this post, you have inspired me!

    Thank you! Enjoy your weekend!

  10. Suci Permatasari
    12th October 2013 / 11:26 pm

    good trick. fixed a broken pressed powder make up- i will try ur trick.

  11. Rhea Bue | Styles and Writes
    13th October 2013 / 4:01 am

    wow! this is cool!! πŸ˜€ amazing tutorial indeed! πŸ˜€

  12. 13th October 2013 / 9:08 am

    thank you for this Nicol! This is suck a quick fix.

  13. Debarpan Mukherjee
    13th October 2013 / 9:47 am

    a nice quick fix you mentioned here,hope ladies will love this trick of yours.

  14. 13th October 2013 / 10:30 am

    I wish I knew that last week , thank you for sharing Nicol beautiful articles as usual

  15. Sol Felice Alvarado
    13th October 2013 / 2:52 pm

    This is AMAZING! Thanks for this. πŸ™‚

  16. Ileana
    13th October 2013 / 11:38 pm

    WOW! This is perfect!!! I have so many to fix πŸ˜€



  17. Katelyn
    28th October 2013 / 1:21 pm

    A great tutorial! πŸ™‚

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