How To Repress Broken Eyeshadows

10 Dec

Sleeping past your alarm and rushing into work is a bummer.  Stubbing your toe is a bummer.  Overeating and then hating your self with self remorse … is a bummer (unless it’s Chipotle).  Do you know what the biggest bummer of all is?

Broken eyeshadows.  Yeah, I know.  Serious stuff.  I saw you flench when you read that.

I placed an order online through Stila, when my package arrived I excitedly ripped open the package and started digging in.  Everything was dandy until:

Oh the horror!  I shake my fist at you, US Postal Service!

After overcoming my feelings of sadness and anger, I picked myself back up and got to work- and I put it back together  How?  Take a look! 

Step 1:  Break up the rest of the eyeshadow.  I used the end of a fork.  It will kind of break your heart to do this, but remember: the eyeshadow is broken so you can’t use it anyway.

Step 2: Add some isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).  You can use a dropper if you have one, or you can just pour some into the cap and add it the the eyeshadow (that’s what I did). 

Step 3: Mix until eyeshadow becomes a paste.  Just add alcohol a little at a time until you reach this consistency.  If you add too much, don’t worry it isn’t ruined.  It will just take longer to dry.

Step 4: Press eyeshadow back into the pan with a tissue over it.  Don’t press too hard because then it will spill out of the sides.  Just a nice firm press will do.  You can also use a coin (with a tissue over it) to get a more even press, however, keep in mind some of the print on the coin will transfer over to the eyeshadow.  On the bright side, you’ll have a custom George Washington eyeshadow.

Step 5:  Admire your work, and let dry.  Generally (depending on the size and amount of alcohol you add) it takes 2-3 hours to dry.  However, I usually leave mine overnight just to be extra safe.  

You’re welcome eyeshadow, you’re welcome.

Hope this helps!  Have an awesome glittery day!


6 Responses to “How To Repress Broken Eyeshadows”

  1. Kristy from Nebraska! December 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Awesome tutorial Kayla! This happens to pretty much every single eye shadow I own. I know you do a lot of make up reviews, but I’d love to see some more tutorials! Plus if you did a video I could watch it over and over and pretend we’re hanging out. I miss you and your blog is phenominal!

    • ShoeGalKayla December 11, 2011 at 8:50 am #

      Thank you so much! I miss you too! 😦 I’ve thought about videos but I need to get a better camera!

  2. princesagr December 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Wow! thank you very much! I didn’t know this trick. I have throw some eyeshadows because they were broken (I hate them being around everywhere) but not anymore 🙂

    • ShoeGalKayla December 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

      You’re so very welcome! It breaks my heart to throw away broken shadows! That’s why I had to find a solution! 🙂

  3. Aman-duh July 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    I think I have that same shadow and it breaks all the time. It seems to be much softer than most.

Leave some sparkle love

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: