We all know that feeling when our favourite bronzer has hit pan and begins to crack into a million little pieces. Can we salvage those precious pigments? In the words of Barack Obama, Yes We Can.
So one day as my beloved NARS Laguna Bronzer had somehow shattered I looked for tips on how to re-use the product. It seemed a waste to throw it away. Cracked powder makeup can occur either through dropping makeup or simply when it's coming to an end and can no longer maintain it's pressed form. So to get your powder back to its original forms all you need is a spoon and some rubbing alcohol. (Yes, this sounds very old fashioned - but it works). We use alcohol because it prevents the growth of bacteria. Having bacteria on your makeup products can lead to causing unwanted spots and blemishes. All you need is a few drops of rubbing alcohol onto the powder. Once you add this use the spoon to press it back into the pan. If the original packaging is now to big for the remaining product, try using an old eye shadow contain or a travel size container.
If you are like me and often hurriedly slam the cap of your lipstick back on, simultaneously ruining it, then fear not: there is a solution. Unfortunately unless you are a brilliant sculptor it's unlikely it will go back to its original form. Alternately you can purchase lipstick palettes, which you are probably familiar with if you are at makeup school. It is simple to use these. Simply depot the remaining lipstick into the palette, you can do this using a palette knife, a teaspoon or whatever you find easiest.
For aspiring makeup artists, look into a makeup course in London.