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Remedy Makeups Mishaps With These DIY Tips

by BUST Magazine

The Big Fix


Beauty products ain’t cheap. So when you’ve treated yourself to a lipstick that breaks on the first application, splurged on the perfect glitter polish only to never use it again ’cause it’s impossible to take off, or dropped that brand-new blush, there’s an added sting. But all is not lost. Try these fix-it tips and save the day.


Peel Off Polish

Taking off glitter nail polish usually requires a gallon of remover per digit. Avoid the annoyance and acetone damage by applying a thin layer of non-toxic white glue as a base coat using a nail polish brush. Let dry and paint your nails as usual. When you’re ready for a different color, the polish will peel right off.

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Broken Bullets

There’s something so tempting about turning a lipstick all the way up, but it never ends well. If you’ve accidentally ended the life of your fave lippie, soften the broken end with a candle lighter, stick it back into the tube, hold for a few seconds to ensure connection, and then put it in the freezer until solid.

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Shattered Powders

Picture it: a beautiful eye shadow or blush falls to the ground and crumbles into a pile of dust as dramatic music swells. Don’t worry, there’s a happy ending. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into the pan, mix with the powder until a paste forms, and flatten. Let the mixture dry. It’s ready to use when hardened completely. Just like new.


By Kathryn Hensch

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2016 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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