They cost you a bomb but they do not come with a warranty. One slip or negligence in storing them right, and your makeup products can no longer be used. But they can always be restored to former glory only if you know how to do it right.
Bharti Taneja, a Delhi-based cosmetologist, suggests easy ways of restoring your unusable makeup products:
* Dried nail paint
Add a few drops of acetone in the nail paint bottle. Close the lid and shake it. It should be as good as it was when you bought it.
* Broken eyeshadow
Gather all the broken pieces of eyeshadow into a plastic zip lock bag then crush it with a spoon until it turns to fine powder. Pour some drops of water in a clean container. Put the fine, dry powder in it. Add more water drops in it until it settles a bit. Place a tissue on the eyeshadow powder and smooth it down. Now remove the tissue and leave the eyeshadow to dry.
* Broken compact powder
Pressed compacts often break when mishandled. You can restore it by putting all the broken pieces of powder in a plastic bag. Crush the powder chunks as fine as you can, place them in a clean new container. Put some drops of alcohol in it so that the powder gets damp. Smooth out the powder and press down on it with a tissue paper. Remove the tissue and clean the edges of the container. Leave the compact open and let the powder dry overnight.
* Dry mascara
There are two methods to fix a dried mascara. Put some drops of any generic eye drops to the mascara tube, close the wand and swirl it two to three times. You will find your mascara as good as a new one. Or you can close the wand tightly and dip it in hot water and keep it there for a few minutes. Your mascara ready to use.
* Broken lipstick
Wear clean gloves and remove the broken piece of lipstick. Swivel the lipstick up as far as possible. Take a lighter and heat the lipstick base. Slightly melt the base area, pick up the broken piece of the lipstick and attach it gently to the base.
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