Cracked Makeup? Here’s How to Fix It

I spotted a genius idea over at The Beauty Department and had to share with my lovely readers.

We’ve all accidentally dropped that foundation palette, eyeshadow quad, or blush pot (all while having a mini heart attack)  … praying to the makeup gods that it doesn’t shatter all over the floor! It doesn’t, it just shatters inside the palette … le sigh.

No worries …. here’s how to fix it!

What you’ll need:

-70% alcohol (can be purchased at your local art supply)
-plastic wrap
-synthetic eyeliner brush

  1. WRAP IT UP:Completely cover the compact with the plastic wrap and make sure it adheres tightly to contain everything.
  2. MASH IT UP:With your spatula, crush up the entire pan of shadow, not just the broken pieces. You essentially are turning the pressed powder back into loose powder.
  3. ADD ALCOHOL:Remove the wrap and add at least 10 droppers full of alcohol. You can add a few droppers full at a time to see how much you need. I used a dozen.
  4. SMOOTH IT OVER:Now you’ll feel the powder has become sponge-like and very pliable, giving you the perfect opportunity to even it out smoothly with your spatula.
  5. PERFECT THE EDGES:Use your eyeliner brush to smooth it out even further. Give it a few hours to completely dry and it’s like it never happened! To make it extra pretty, clean up the perimeter with a Q-tip.

You can try it with creamy eye shadows too!

"To revive your dried-out and cracked old cream shadow, apply the same steps except there’s no need to wrap it up or mash it up. Just add alcohol to reactivate it, stir it, smooth it out and perfect the edges. "

Voila … magic!

How To Bleach Your Eyebrows

Because I color my hair, and my eyebrows are naturally very dark, I have to bleach them from time to time to compliment my hair :) (the things girls go through lol) It takes me anywhere from 10-15 minutes to do, because I usually have to bleach them twice for the color to take (as you can see above).

I use the Jolen Creme Bleach Kit available at Walgreens for around $6. It’s gentle, doesn’t break out my skin and most of all, is easy to do at home! Here’s a step by step guide to bleaching your own brows at home:

**BEFORE ANYTHING: Test out the bleach on a small patch of hair on your arm & wait 24 hours to be sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

1. Wash the eyebrow area with cold water and a gentle face wash.
2. Take the spatula and measure out about one half teaspoon of creme.

3. Clean the spatula, and measure about 
a quarter teaspoon powder and place on the tray. Mix well.

4. Apply the mixture with the spatula and completely (& carefully) cover the area of hair you want bleached.

5. Leave on for 10 minutes.
6. Gently remove with a cool damp washcloth (one you don’t mind getting stained lol)
7. If the area isn’t as bleached as you would like, reapply the mixture and apply for another 5 to 10 minutes.
8. All done! 

Flirt the Line: How to Apply Liquid Eye Liner

Precisely applied liquid eyeliner can give the appearance of bigger eyes, longer lashes, and considerable glamour — and with the right makeup and enough practice, even a novice can pull it off. Follow these simple tips to get the look! 

Concentrate on Quality

Choosing a good liquid liner is crucial. It should be a quick-dry formula, so smudges are less likely, and it should have a soft tip that tapers slightly at the end. The color should also be rich — test it on the back of your hand and make sure you can draw a very dark line without having to push down too hard.

Master Technique

First, trace the upper lashes with an eye pencil or a damp angled brush dipped in dark shadow, getting as close to the lashes as possible. Once you’ve got the perfect line, trace over it with a liquid formula. To keep your hand steady, rest your elbow on a table and keep a light grip on the brush. Tip: Start from the middle of the lid for better control over the thickness of the line.

Flaunt Your Shape

If your eyes are close together, leave the inner corner bare and highlight it with a pale shimmery shadow. Extend the line at the outer corners, finishing just beyond the edge of the lash line — the farther out, the more dramatic the look. This makes close-set eyes appear to have more space between them. For eyes that are wide-set, the opposite holds true. Line the eyes all the way to the inner corner and don’t extend the line at the outer corners. If you’re wearing liquid liner for day, be sure the line is fine — no heavy streaks — and match your mascara to the liner.

Don’t Fuss Over a Smudge

Skip makeup remover when cleaning up mistakes. Instead, saturate a Q-tip with moisturizer, which will remove unwanted liner without affecting the other makeup you’ve put on.

Less Is More

To keep the look fresh and modern, the rest of your makeup should be clean, with light concealer and a soft pink blush on the cheeks.

1. MAC Fluidline: $15
2. L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner: $8.50
3. NYX Liquid Liner: $5
4. MAC 266 Small Angle Brush: $19.50

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HOW TO: Depot your eyeshadows


Tools needed :
Mac Eye shadows
Tweezers (that you don’t use to pluck)
Empty Palette

1. Separate the top part of the eyeshadow by pushing your tweezers in between a little dent right in front of the container (where you open/close the eyeshadow)

2. Hold the pan up to the candle and wave around for 1 min, until the plastic is really melted, then using your tweezers, push at the center hole under the eyeshadow, and it should come right off.

4. Wave the back sticker of the eyeshadow color over the flame for 20sec, and use your tweezers to gently peel off the sticker…

now attach a magnet behind and pop the label on the back..

Eye and blush palettes done…