How to Fix Broken Powder Foundation

Updated on November 20, 2019
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I love writing about tips for getting the most out of makeup products.

When I find makeup on sale, I buy it, so at any given time, I may have a few compacts on hand. One day, I found a broken compact in my bathroom. It turns out my husband knocked the makeup onto the floor and forgot to tell me. Great.

Luckily, with the following four steps, I was able to fix my foundation to use later.

All you need to fix broken powder makeup is the broken makeup, rubbing alcohol, cellophane, and a smooth surface that you'll use to press the makeup back into shape (a plastic spoon, mini spatula, or just your finger).

How to Fix Broken Powder Makeup

  • Step 1: Break up all the chunks. You want the compact to be powder. The finer you have the makeup ground down, the smoother it will be in the end. Prevent a huge mess by putting a piece of cellophane on top of the compact. This will keep the powder contained.
  • Step 2: Add rubbing alcohol to the powder. It's hard to estimate exactly how much you'll need, so start with just a few drops. You want the powder to be damp, but not to the point it floats. If you accidentally add too much alcohol, use a piece of paper towel to soak up the excess.
  • Tip: Use at least 70% rubbing alcohol. The higher the percentage, the faster it will dry.
  • Step 3: Blend the powder and alcohol. Smoosh it all around. Use your finger, the back of a plastic spoon, or even a mini makeup spatula to press the makeup into the alcohol.
  • Step 4: Let the compact sit overnight so that the alcohol evaporates. For a neater look, clean the edges of the compact with a Q-tip or an eyeliner brush.

You can follow these easy tips to fix foundation, blush, bronzer, eye shadow, and any other powder makeup.

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1. Break up the entire compact. 2. Pour in rubbing alcohol.4. Smooth the powder, blending the alcohol into the powder.5. Let sit overnight before using.
1. Break up the entire compact.
1. Break up the entire compact.
2. Pour in rubbing alcohol.
2. Pour in rubbing alcohol.
4. Smooth the powder, blending the alcohol into the powder.
4. Smooth the powder, blending the alcohol into the powder.
5. Let sit overnight before using.
5. Let sit overnight before using.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Whitney


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    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Georgia

      It definitely will!

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      Kate Swanson 

      3 years ago from Sydney

      Wow! I assume this would work with eyeshadow as well? I was at a performance last week and had to borrow a mirror from one of the other women. She gave me her eyeshadow compact - the eyeshadow was totally shattered and both she got covered in powder every time she used it, but it was her favourite so she was persevering with it. I'm going to let her know this solution!


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