Eyeshadow is a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. It is commonly used to make the wearer’s eyes stand out or look more attractive.
Eyeshadow can add depth and dimension to one’s eyes, complement the eye color, make one’s eyes appear larger, or simply draw attention to the eyes. Eyeshadow comes in many different colors and textures. It is usually made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream or mousse form.
Women all around the world call attention to their eyes by adding color to their upper and lower eyelids. But how much do you really know about eyeshadow?
In ancient Greece, the eyeshadow was known as focus, and Greek women wore shades of green and blue made from gemstones like lapis lazuli and malachite. From there, the custom spread throughout the world and down through history. Today, eyeshadow is still a key element in a woman’s makeup kit. Civilizations across the world use eyeshadow predominantly on females but also occasionally on males. In Western society, it is seen as a feminine cosmetic, even when used by men. In Gothic fashion, black or similarly dark-colored eye shadow and other types of eye makeup are popular among both sexes.
Many people use eyeshadow simply to improve their appearance, but it is also commonly used in theatre and other plays, to create a memorable look, with bright, bold colors. Depending on skin tone and experience, the effect of eyeshadow usually brings out glamour and gains attention. The use of eyeshadow attempts to replicate the natural eye shadow that some women exhibit due to a natural contrasting pigmentation on their eyelids. Natural eyeshadow can range anywhere from a glossy shine to one’s eyelids, to a pinkish tone, or even a silver look. The more you know about eyeshadow and how to wear it, the more reward you’ll get from this essential beauty enhancer.
Eye Shadow Ingredients
Eyeshadow formulations start with a base filler. Talc or mica is a primary filler ingredient but some formulas use kaolin clay.
Binders are used to ensure the powder adheres to your skin. The most common binders are derivatives of zinc or magnesium. In addition to pigment, some manufacturers add silica, nylon, dimethicone, boron nitride (a ceramic material), or bismuth oxychloride for “slip” so the powder will slide more easily over the lid. A bit of preservative like glycol (a type of alcohol) or tocopherol (a form of vitamin E) helps prevent bacterial growth.
The big difference between a cream and a powder shadow is the waxes and oils used in the base. Beeswax, castor oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, and silicone are among the ingredients used for liquefying a standard shadow. Once the wax or oil dries, the pigment tends to wear longer due to the way the ingredients bond with the skin.
Before you pack your favorite shadow, consider which are more likely to crumble in your bag. Frosted shades, violets, and blues are difficult to compress into cakes and break more easily. Matte shadows are more likely to hold together.
Thanks to the World Wide Web, today we can find much useful information and learn some hacks that can make our life easier. And yet, this is not another regular makeup article in which you are doomed if the mascara in your bag gets dry, but at least these tips can help you save some money and time, which at the end of the day is still a great outcome. We can for sure guarantee that none of us wants their favorite shades of eyeshadows broken, especially not if you are in a rush or your monthly budget is already planned. So, the good news is: we have a solution.
There are varieties of methods on how to fix broken eyeshadows, but we have made research in order to present you with the best ways. And of course, it is very important to fact check the things before you use anything over your skin, especially if you have a sensitive type, so we did that for you. You will need only a couple of ingredients, which are probably in your home already. As we’ve mentioned, the process can be done by following different ways and it is up to you to choose which one you will use considering your skin type.
In this article, we will show you how to fix your eyeshadow, blusher or any type of powder form of makeup without using alcohol, by using hydrogen peroxide, hazel, hand sanitizer, and even water and vodka. Plus, a hack that will help you make your melted lipstick back on track again. If you are looking for a solution for a pallet, it is better if you stick out the shades which you broke and once you are done, put them back in. However, you will only need to put out the whole eyeshadow and blend it if more than half of it is broken. Otherwise, you can take the powder and put it away, work on it and then only stick it in the hole made from it. It will blend and became whole after you are done, so it won’t cause you troubles once it is completely dry.
How to fix your broken eyeshadow without using alcohol
The first thing you need to do is to take a toothpick and smash it even more. If you don’t have enough space within the package, you can do it aside by taking a clean plate. After the first step, put back the smashed product in the package again and even if it is full, don’t worry because the product will be pressed again. Once you are done with it, take a makeup wipe without alcohol, the one you use on a regular basis and make sure that your hands are completely washed and clean before you do this. You don’t want your smashed makeup to have any unwanted bacteria passed on. Now all you need to do is put the wipe on the product and start pressing down firmly over the makeup wipe. Keep pressing until you feel no lumps or loose bits of the powder. You may need another wipe for cleaning up the edges if you made a bit messy, and voila, your broken powder is fixed. The most important thing in this process is to make sure that the product is crumbled good enough so that the process of fixing it up will be much easier and all the parts can get back together smoothly. If you find it hard to follow the process with a toothpick, you can try using a spoon. But remember, make sure it is perfectly clean before you start using it.
How to fix your broken eyeshadow with hydrogen peroxide
First of all, you need to make sure that your Hydrogen Peroxide is not more than 3%. Many people don’t recommend it because the thing which lasts from the H2O2 formula is the water inside your make up, but since you can fix your make up with water as well, it is not supposed to cause you troubles. So, once you are back on track, keep using the same method. Grab a clean toothpick or a spoon and start smashing it. Keep crushing it until it becomes a loose powder. Some products will be easier to crush than others. If fixing a blotting powder, which is already really fine and translucent, it would be very easy to do this. If you’re fixing a dense, compacted eyeshadow, it’ll be a little more time-consuming. But don’t stop mashing and crushing until it’s like the consistency of flour.
Depending on the size of your compactor container, add a tiny bit of hydrogen peroxide at the time, mixing it to create a paste. Be sure that you don’t add too much because at the end your make up product will be filled with water which would make it hard to get dry again. A few drops at a time will do. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it away. Keep mixing it up until it becomes like a toothpaste. Really try to smooth it out on the top. Your compact was most likely smooth and flat, to begin with, so try as hard as you can to flatten the paste out on the top. This is easier said than done because trying to flatten peanut butter with a spoon is almost impossible. So it won’t come out perfect, but do the best you can. Again, take a makeup wipe and clean the edges of the package. Once you are done, you need to leave it aside for a couple of hours because it needs to get dry. Once it is dry, it will look like a powder again. Maybe your product won’t be completely flat, but after a couple of uses, it will come to its natural shape again. And of course, the most important thing is that your product is back on track again, so don’t hesitate to try this. Test out the dryness of your powder by gently rubbing the surface and feeling of dampness or sponginess. If it feels solid and powdery, and on your finger, it looks like the powder it used to be, then you’re all done.
Next, pack the mixture back into the pan. Take a paper towel and press it over the mixture, using a flat surface to press it all in. This will ensure that the surface of your product is smooth. Let it dry overnight and in the morning, your product will be as good as new!
When it comes to reattaching the pans to the palette, you can use a dot of a nail or super glue. If you’re going to be putting your repaired product into a magnetized palette but the pan doesn’t want to stick, cut out a piece of a refrigerator magnet and glue it, the black side facing out, onto the bottom of the pan. Voila, your beloved shade has been completely fixed.
How to fix your broken eyeshadow by using water or rosewater
If more than a half of your product is still inside the package, grab a clean plate and put the broken part in it. Smash it with a spoon, and after that, add a few drops of water inside the plate. Mix it up until it becomes whole, but it is very important not to put a lot of water inside it. Use the spoon for gathering it back inside the makeup palette and use a clean finger for blending it in. You can repeat the process with the wipe because it is more likely that it will stick over your finger. Smooth out the surface, and clean the mess you’ve made over the package. Voila, your eyeshadow is now officially rescued without any other liquid.
How to fix your eyeshadow with a hand sanitizer
First, mash up your broken powder into a shot glass or something similar. I like to use a shot glass because they’re small and there is less surface area to leave the residual product in the process. Make sure you have ground your product down to a fine powder as much as possible without leaving chunks. Second, add a few drops of hand sanitizer. A lot of people would like you to use rubbing alcohol, but with hand sanitizer, it is much easier, and it is more likely that you already have it at home. Plus, if you use a lightly scented hand sanitizer (one without beads or coloring) your makeup will come out smelling fresh every time you apply to your face and will help keep your compacts and brushes from becoming a frat party for bacteria. Third, mix sanitizer and powder together until you have a paste. Making sure again, you have no chunks. Try not to use too much sanitizer. When your make up is drying, it tends to dry out too much and crack when an abundance of alcohol is in the mixture. Fourth, take your paste and a spoon, a clean one, again, and carefully place the product in the desired container. This takes some finesse. Now let your makeup dry completely. Make sure you won’t touch it until it is completely dry. The best results come from higher quality makeup but this should work on just about any solid powder makeup.
How to fix your broken eyeshadow with DIY makeup fixing spray
First of all, you will need a couple of ingredients in order to prepare the fixing spray, but once you do it, you can use it in varieties of occasions. Not only that you will look perfect after you put it over your make up routine, but you will also have an excellent helper when it comes to fixing up your broken powder makeups.
In order to prepare it, you will need:
- Rose Water
- Measuring Spoon
- Spray Bottle
Grab your spray bottle and pour ½ teaspoon glycerin into it. Add a teaspoon of water and add it to the spray bottle as well. Most recommended is purified water over tap, but it is up to you. Next, add ½ cup of rose water and add it to the mixture. Shake well and you have some amazing setting spray for your makeup. Keep the spray in your refrigerator to keep cold. Spray before you apply any makeup. You will notice this helps set your foundation and powder to achieve a flawless look that will last all day. And as well, you can use it when fixing up your eyeshadow. The procedure is almost the same. Drop it off, smash it, add enough spray in order to get a well-mixed paste and put it back inside the package. Make sure it is well done before you let it dry.
How to fix your broken eyeshadow by using Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a plant. The leaf, bark, and twigs are used to make medicine. You may see a product called witch hazel water (Hamamelis water, distilled witch hazel extract). This is a liquid that is distilled from dried leaves, bark, and partially dormant twigs of Hamamelis virginiana. Witch hazel is taken by mouth for diarrhea, mucus colitis, vomiting blood, coughing up blood, tuberculosis, colds, fevers, tumors, and cancer. Some people apply witch hazel directly to the skin for itching, pain, and swelling (inflammation), eye inflammation, skin injury, mucous membrane inflammation, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, bruises, insect bites, minor burns, and other skin irritations.
In manufacturing, witch hazel leaf extract, bark extract, and witch hazel water are used as astringents to tighten the skin. They are also included in some medications to give those products the ability to slow down or stop bleeding. Those medications are used for treating insect bites, stings, teething, hemorrhoids, itching, irritations, and minor pain.
How does it work?
Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins. When applied directly to the skin, witch hazel might help reduce swelling, help repair broken skin, and fight bacteria.
Considering this, you can use this type of liquid when fixing up your broken powder products. You need to take one plastic bag, your broken product, and a makeup cleaning wipe. First of all, you need to wash your hands very carefully and be sure that all of the products mentioned above for the preparation are not used before. Take the bag and put the broken powder product inside it. Afterwards, you need to smash the broken eyeshadow, powder, blusher, bronzer or whatever it is but be very careful when doing it because you will want your product well smashed. This may be weird to you since this is the case you ended up researching for fixing it, but believe me, the better you smash it, the fewer chances of doing it wrong are on. Once you have a perfectly devolved product, you need to work on mixing it. Take a clean, small plate and put it on outside the plastic bag. Put a couple of drops of the witch hazel liquid and mix it well enough until it becomes cream alike. Once you are done, use a spoon or a wooden stick to put it back inside its original package. Make sure that the holes in it are filled, because you don’t want any troubles with your product again. After you are done, you can take another plastic bag and put it over it. You can make it straight by using your finger, or taking something like a coin if it is an eyeshadow package. You can use a hand cream or something similar if you are fixing a powder, blush, bronzer or something from this kind of bigger packages. Once you are done, you should put the bag away and let it dry. Usually, it takes a couple of hours for it to be done and ready for use again, but if you are having enough time, it is better to let it dry during the night just to be sure that it will be perfectly dry and ready for use in the next day. This helps in preventing infections and irritations which can be caused by using other products when fixing it, such as alcohol, vodka and the other liquids which can make your sensitive skin get irritated. It is based on natural products, so you are not supposed to go through problems of this kind when using this method.
How to fix your broken eyeshadow with vodka
Got very drunk during the weekend? So bad that you smashed all of your makeup products inside your bag? Don’t worry, we have a solution. And in order to fix it, you will need which caused you trouble – alcohol. Yes, you’ve read well. We suggest vodka, because of the high percentage of alcohol in it.
To begin, you’ll need rubbing alcohol, a small clean mixing dish, and some paper towels. Take the contents of the pan and pour them into your mixing dish. Don’t try to scoop up any product that’s fallen onto the floor. While it can be tempting to want to save every last speck of an expensive eyeshadow or blush, the product may have been exposed to bacteria that you definitely don’t want on your face. If some of the product in the pan doesn’t want to come out, use a sterilized needle or the tip of a knife to scoop it into the dish.
It will help your powder products get dry faster. In order to follow this almost surgical procedure, you will need:
- A Teaspoon
- A freezer/sandwich bag
- A cloth
- Something with a flat base that fits inside the pot to tamp down the powder once you’ve done your fancy business – if it’s shadow you can use a coin.
Furthermore, put the blusher (or shadow) into the freezer bag and carefully, using your spoon break it up even further. After you’ve cleaned up the mess you probably made, take it back out of the bag (you can chuck that out now), and add vodka in a couple of drops at a time. You don’t want to soak the pan and have excess fluid floating about, but you do want there to be an even level of dampness across it so that everything dries and firms up evenly. Working quickly enough, wrap your cloth around whatever it is you’ve decided to use as your stamper, and carefully but firmly press down into the pan of wet mush to tamp it down and smooth the surface. Move the stamper about a few times to make sure you have an even surface. This also helps soak up any excess liquid in the pan so everything will dry quicker. That’s basically it – a lot of people’s advice is leaving the now firmly-pressed powder in the airing cupboard overnight, to allow everything to properly dry out. Or just left it on a shelf for a few hours until it feels nice and arid.
So, to sum the things up, using just one ingredient you probably already have at home, you can easily repair your broken powder makeup and have it back to normal the next morning. Life changing!! And it takes less than 5 minutes to do (although it does take overnight to dry).
Here’s all you’ll need:
Broken powder makeup (powder, eyeshadow, or blush)
Alcohol, Vodka, Water or rosewater and Fixing spray
Plastic wrap, makeup wipes, or anything similar and clean to press the makeup back inside the container
- Gather all of the broken pieces of makeup into its original container, and crush the whole thing up (even the parts that may not have broken).
- Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the compact, and let it soak in. Use your finger, the back of a spoon, or anything, really, to rub and smooth down the makeup. I used my finger (which is still stained bright pink after about 10 hand washes!) at first, but I found that I got better results by placing a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the makeup, and then rubbing the plastic wrap to smooth out the makeup. If the mixture is still too dry, then add a little more alcohol, and rub again.
- Once your makeup is all smooth again, all you have to do is wait, preferably overnight. The alcohol has to dry out, and once it does your makeup will be totally back to normal, and the alcohol smell will be gone! Your blush will be perfect the next day, and you would never have guessed that it was a crumbled mess the day before!
You can use the same procedure and try different things to do the process, but we suggest researching the possibilities before you try doing something which can harm your skin.
How to fix a broken lipstick
Scoop it out and set it in place
This method is good if your lipstick bullet is fairly new but broke very close to the base. It involves scooping out the base of the lipstick and putting the broken lipstick bullet in the base instead. You can use a bent paper clip to scoop out the base. As for the remaining lipstick that had been scooped out, you can store it in a small container. The pro about this method is the lipstick will be more secure in the lipstick container since it is being placed in the very base. The con is that your lipstick is going to appear so much shorter.
Heat it and freeze it
If you want to take your chances at making your lipstick work as it did before without losing much product, then this method is for you. It involves using a flame to melt part of the lipstick (usually the bullet) and then sticking it onto the lipstick base. After the lipstick base started to melt, you need to quickly stick the lipstick bullet on top. To fill in some gaps on the side of the lipstick, use a paper clip to scrape some lipstick from the top, heating the product I scraped quickly in the flame, and then use the paper clip to smooth out the sides. Finally, pop the lipstick into the freezer, and after a few minutes, it will be solid once again. The pro about this method is your lipstick won’t lose a lot of lengths, but the con is that it the broken lipstick top might still slip off from the lipstick base if it doesn’t stick well.
Store it in a container
If there’s no way your lipstick could ever look like lipstick again, you may want to consider placing it in a tiny container or palette. I really like using solvent containers, but larger, travel-size cosmetic containers work, too. When it comes to actually place your lipstick in a storage container, you can either do the smoosh method (which is exactly how it sounds) or the melt method, which entails placing the lipstick in a metal spoon, hovering it over a candle flame and letting it melt. Once it’s liquid, you pour it into your container and stick it into the freezer to solidify.
If the lipstick bullet that broke wasn’t your favorite, to begin with, now is the time to experiment by turning it into a cream blush or combining it with another lipstick to create a custom shade. Using the melt method, I combined broken lipstick colors to create a shade that works for my lips and cheeks.