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Here's How to Fix A Broken Makeup Palette or Pressed Powder

Who among us hasn't, at one time or another, shattered a beloved (and expensive) highlighter?
Photo: @beccacosmetics/Instagram

Photo: @beccacosmetics/Instagram

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We've all been there at one time or another: You finally get your hands on the (often pricey) highlighter or eye shadow palette of your dreams, only to drop it on a hard surface and completely shatter the whole thing after just a few uses. Bummer. But all hope is not lost! If you're able to salvage the cracked powder (read: It didn't break by falling face-down onto a grimy bathroom floor), it's actually possible to fix broken makeup palettes and powders.

The even better news is that the process is shockingly simple — and requires only one fairly basic ingredient, which you likely already have tucked away in your medicine cabinet. In a Youtube tutorial by user AlexandrasGirlyTalk, the entire solution is made simple (seriously, it's much less intimidating than you probably think). So next time you run into a beauty product catastrophe, grab yourself a shot glass and some rubbing alcohol — this will make sense once you watch the video — and hit "play."  

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