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How to Fix Broken Eyeshadows and Other Face Powders

Updated on October 27, 2012

At one time or another I'm sure you've tossed a pressed powder, such as eyeshadow or a blush, into your purse and took it out later only to find it had exploded into millions of pieces.

Luckily, with a bit if alcohol and some patience, this tragedy can be remedied!

How To Fix Broken Eyeshadows


  • A Broken Pressed Powder, Eyeshadow, Blush, Bronzer, or Face Powder
  • Alcohol, Distilled, Rubbing, or Isoproyl
  • A Pressing Implement, Spoon, Fingers, Coin, Bottlecap, etc
  • A Mashing Implement, Tweezers, Toothpick, Spoon, etc
  • Paper Towels


  1. Smash up the rest of the powder until its loose using a mashing implement. I have used toothpicks and the back of a spoon and both work well for this.
  2. Add in alcohol by small amounts until the powder becomes a paste.
  3. Press the paste back into the pan with a pressing implement. Depending on the size of the pan you can wrap a coin in paper towel and press, otherwise a spoon will do, or wrap your fingers in the paper towel and press down to flatten the paste.
  4. Leave the newly pressed paste to completely dry out, preferably overnight. Ta da!

Mending Cracked Eyeshadows from Depotting


This process works for any pressed powder, whether its eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, finishing powder, or any other face powder.

Mixing mediums can be substituted for alcohol, but generally tend to be more expensive.

Unfortunately I do not know of any way to repress broken powders without alcohol or another additive.


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