DIY: Fixing Shattered Pressed Shadow

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Imagine dropping your favorite pressed shadow, shattering it to pieces—we’ve all been there and it’s no picnic. Instead of throwing it out, we’ve got an easy step-by-step tutorial to pick up the broken pieces and put the color back into the pan. With a clean space and a little patience, you can get your shattered shadow into working shape.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • • Clean surface area
  • • Spatula (or small spoon)
  • • Paper towels
  • • Ziplock bag
  • • Unscented isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • • Coin (preferably the size of your makeup pan)
  • • Scrap fabric 

STEP 1

Place the shattered shadow into a ziplock bag and crush the pieces with your spatula or small spoon until you have an even consistency.

STEP 2

Pour almost a capful of isopropyl alcohol into the pan and mix enough to create a paste with the shattered pigment. Gradually add more alcohol as needed.

STEP 3

As if smoothing a sheet of brownie batter, spread the product using your spoon. 

STEP 4

Grab a small piece of scrap fabric—an old shirt or pair of jeans will do—and place over the pan. Press a coin down hard over the fabric for 10 to 15 seconds. Remove the fabric. 

STEP 5

Allow at least a couple of hours to dry, but we recommend waiting a day to put brush to pan. Get pressing!