How to Save Broken Lipstick Quick!

Posted in How-To's by Quinn  |  March 18, 2018

We’ve all been through the same heartbreaking experience of having a perfectly good stick of lipstick break while we’re trying to put it on. Lipstick is known to melt pretty easily, leaving you with a messy tube of melted lipstick that you can’t even use. Other times, it just gives out and snaps in half or right at the base, and then we just have a detached wad of lipstick that you don’t want to throw away but you don’t know what else to do with it. This can be extremely frustrating, especially if you’re paying $40 for your lipstick and you end up having to throw it out. Regardless of which way your lipstick disappointed you, there’s no need to fret, and definitely no need to throw out your lipstick, girl! Before you throw away your money, try these super easy hacks to save broken and melted lipstick.

If It Melted

 

What You’ll Need

  • Freezer
  • Small container
  • Makeup spatula, or another small tool

 

The Process

  1. As soon as you realize your lipstick has melted put it in the freezer for at least an hour, instead of opening it and messing with it. This gives it a better chance of hardening back to its original shape, or to something very close.
  2. Take it out of the freezer and open it to see if it is usable. If it is in its original shape, or close to it, you can use it as is.
  3. If the lipstick is in lots of pieces or in a weird shape, or unusable some other way, pull out your spatula and scrape the lipstick out. Make sure you get all of the lipstick from both the base and the cap.
  4. Put the lipstick you scoop out into your small container and warm it up for a few seconds to melt it. From here you can either remold it into the base if you’re a sorcerer, or you can just use it from the container, using a makeup brush to apply it.

 

If It Broke In The Middle Or At The Tip

 

What You’ll Need

  • Q tips
  • Lighter or matches

 

The Process

  1. The first thing you want to do is twist the lipstick up as far as it goes, this just makes it easier to work with later on.
  2. Use a Q tip and smoothen out the end of each piece of lipstick where the break occurred.
  3. Carefully hold your lighter or match to the broken end of the lipstick that is attached to the base, and melt it just a tiny bit.
  4. Once the base end begins to melt, remove the flame and put the base down. Repeat step 3 on the bottom of the other piece of lipstick.
  5. Once both pieces of lipstick have slightly melted ends, reattach the severed piece of lipstick by gently applying force and sticking it to the base end.
    NOTE: This is where it matters how well you smoothed out each of the ends with the Q tips. The smoother and flatter the ends are, the better they will adhere to one another.
  6. Once the pieces are reattached, go back over the lipstick one more time quickly with the flame to melt the pieces together. Use a Q tip once more to smooth everything out and give it a more polished, seamless finish; you won’t even be able to tell that it was broken.
  7. Although it may look good as new, don’t use your newly repaired lipstick without letting it set and harden for at least an hour in the fridge.

 

If It Broke At The Base

 

What You’ll Need

  • Makeup spatula or another very small tool (bobby pin)

 

The Process

  1. Twist the lipstick up as far as it goes and assess the situation. If there is still a lot of lipstick attached to the base, don’t do this method, go back to the previous method. If your lipstick really broke right at the base and there is only a small amount of lipstick left on it, continue with this method.
  2. Using your makeup spatula, or tool of your choice, scoop out all of the remaining lipstick from the base.
  3. Once the base is cleaned out, all you have to do is take the piece of lipstick that broke off and put it right in the base and it’ll work like new.