During my makeup routine, my last step before I set my makeup with a finishing spray, is applying highlighter. One day, I was almost done with my makeup. I went to grab my favorite highlighter, Champagne Pop, and my hands must have been slippery – because I dropped it.
*Insert gasp and bloodcurdling scream*
The lid was still closed, but I knew the inevitable had happened. I opened it up to see it crumpled inside. I wanted to cry. (Not really, but I’m going for the dramatic here so just roll with it.) Sure, I could still use it, but it was so messy in its newly, crumpled state. Then, I remembered that I know how to fix it!
In this post I will list step-by-step how to fix any makeup product that is in powder form. This DIY will work for blush, bronzer, eye shadow, highlighter, and pressed powder.
TOOLS YOU WILL NEED
Gather your supplies and set them aside. You will need rubbing alcohol, shot glass (or small container), butter knife, paper towel, table spoon (I used a measuring spoon 1 TBSP).
PLACE THE PRODUCT ON A FLAT SURFACE TO BEGIN
Start by gently patting down on the product with your fingers. You want to make sure you spread it out to make it as flat as possible.
Next pour a little less than half of the alcohol* onto the product, and gently start to press and smooth the product out with your finger.
*Note: adding alcohol will not change the consistency of the product, nor will it be harmful to you.
POUR THE REMAINING ALCOHOL ONTO THE PRODUCT/ LET IT SIT FOR 10-15 MINUTES
After you have gently pressed and smoothed the product with your finger, next you want to pour the remaining alcohol onto the highlighter. This is where you want it to sit for 10-15 minutes.
About half way through the waiting time, (I did this next step at about the 7 minute mark), you want to take the butter knife and gently smooth over the product. After you have gotten it as smooth as you can, let it dry for the remaining time.
PLACE A TISSUE OR PAPER TOWEL OVER PRODUCT AND SMOOTH OVER ONE LAST TIME
In this final step, the highlighter should now be completely dry. Be sure to fold your paper towel or tissue* into a square and lay it on top.
Next, take the bottom of a circular surface (I used the bottom of the shot glass) and gently press on top of the tissue all around the highlighter to smooth it out.
Remove the tissue, and gently clean around the edges of the pan. Voilà! Your hightlighter is back to its original shape when you first opened it!
*Note: I originally used a paper towel, however, after I smoothed it out with the shot glass there were ridges in the highlighter like the pattern of the paper towel. I switched to the tissue to get a smoother finish.
Have you ever dropped a powder product? Have you ever tried to fix it? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.