I’m sure this has happened to everyone (who owns lipstick) at least once. Maybe you’re in a hurry and not paying attention so you twist your lipstick up too far or maybe it’s super hot out and the lipstick has begun to melt without you realizing it. Whatever the circumstances, you go to apply your lipstick and…disaster…it smushes against your lips and breaks in half. This has happened to me at least half a dozen times. I’d tried the refrigerator trick – melting the lipstick a little, trying to stick it back together and letting it set in the fridge. This method never works for me and the lipstick always ends up breaking again. So I decided to try something different to fix my broken lipstick.
What my lipsticks looked like before the fix:
Disaster, right? In order to save these, I figured I’d have to scoop out the product and transfer to a palette of some sort. Most people would probably employ one of the two methods I’m about to show but I also wanted to maintain use of my lipsticks in the bullet form.
For this you’ll need:
- Butter Knife (you don’t need anything sharp)
- An empty palette
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Cotton pads
I purchased the petal palette from Amazon for $8.95 USD. I thought it was a fantastic find. First of all, the size is great for my needs. It’s small and sleek and able to fit into all of my cross bodies. As a side note, since having baby I’ve retired some of my larger handbags (the diaper bag has taken their place) and usually opt for a small cross body to carry my personal items. The compact petal palette has 6 wells/slots: one large, three small and two medium sized. The set-up is great if you have different sized lipsticks you want to melt down or if you plan to use it as a mixing palette. Speaking of which, there is a small mixing well for that purpose. Finally, the palette includes a small lip brush and features a quality mirror that’s the full length of the compact!
So, first of all, I sanitized the palette with some rubbing alcohol. Then I twisted my poor, broken lipstick up all the way as far as it could go.
I used a butter knife to cut that portion away and set it aside.
I then used the same butter knife to scoop out all the lipstick inside the barrel – the product you don’t usually get to unless you’re using a lip brush.
Here’s where the two methods come into play. Taking the chunk that I had set aside, I carefully inserted that back into the bullet. You’re ability to do this will depend on how your lipstick broke. As mine broke at the base, it was impossible for me to continue to use. But by cutting it, scooping out what was left inside the barrel and then placing the in-tact piece back into the barrel, I was able to “stabilize” it so to speak. You end up with a shorter lipstick but at least now you can use it. Here is the result (to make it look nicer you can clean up the edges of the tube with a cotton swab and some alcohol).
Setting my repaired lipstick aside, I the turned to the additional product that I’d scooped out the of the barrel. After transferring it into the spoon, I lit my candle and held the lipstick filled spoon over the flames for about a minute. You don’t need to place the spoon directly in the flame – just above it will do fine as the gentle melting is better. Always keep in mind that melting may change the color of the lipstick slightly and may also effect the finish especially if you let it get too hot.
Once the lipstick melted completely, I ever so carefully poured into the palette. Repeated all the steps above for my other two lipsticks. The whole process took less than 15 minutes.
Pretty happy with the results. Not only was I able to continue using my lipsticks in the bullet (and they haven’t re-broken) but the travel palette has come in handy as well.
I’m sure many of you already know these tricks to fix broken lipstick but I thought I’d share anyway. Hope it was useful. What do you guys usually do with broken lipstick?
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