How To Fix Broken Lipstick Tube In Ten Minutes
How to Repair a Broken Lipstick
If your lipstick has broken but it's still in good shape overall, or if your lipstick has melted in your car and is now a lumpy mess, it is worth trying to repair it rather than throwing it away. You can put a broken lipstick back together, and melted lipstick can be saved by putting it into a new container.
Putting Pieces Back Together
Prepare a clean work surface.Lay out paper towels on the work surface. Wear thin, disposable gloves to keep your hands clean and prevent anything sticking to the lipstick.
Swivel up the lipstick as far as possible.Expose the broken end that is still set in the base.
Remove the broken piece.If it hasn't already fallen off, pick it up with a gloved hand.
Melt the broken ends of the lipstick.Using a match or lighter, carefully run the flame underneath the broken part of the lipstick to soften it. Slightly melt the end of the lipstick that's still in the tube. Take care not to burn the lipstick or melt the case.
Connect the broken piece to the base.Press the broken piece gently to the base of the lipstick.
Seal the edges.Use a toothpick or the end of a clean match to gently move the sides of the lipstick together and seal the stick as one piece.
Put the lipstick in the fridge for about 30 minutes.Let it cool until it's completely solid. If it still feels soft, leave it in for a while longer so it doesn't break again.
Saving Melted Lipstick
Prepare your work surface.Put paper towels on your work surface to catch any drips.
Remove the lipstick.When it was melted, the lipstick probably pooled on the side and bottom of the tube, then hardened. Scoop it out of the tube with a small knife or paper clip. Be sure to get as much of it out as possible, so you don't waste any.
Melt it to remove lumps.To make your new lipstick perfectly smooth, put it in a metal spoon and hold it over a candle flame until it melts.
Pour it into your new container.Pour the liquid lipstick into a small, clean container.
- Lip balm jars are a good size and have lids that will close tightly, keeping your lipstick clean and contained.
- Empty pill containers will also work, but probably won’t be secure enough to toss in your purse.
Put it in the fridge for half an hour.It will cool and turn solid. Once hardened, your lipstick is ready to wear. Apply with a lip brush to keep your fingers clean and enjoy!
QuestionWill a hair dryer work to melt it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but be careful not to have it on high because the product will get everywhere. Keep the blow dryer a couple of inches away to get an even melt.Thanks!
QuestionWill this work for Winky Lux lipstick?Cecilia FloresTop AnswererAs long as the lipstick itself isn't too soft when it's in its regular state, I'd say it's probably able to withstand this. If when applying the lipstick normally, the heat of your lips practically melts the lipstick, then it's too soft.Thanks!
QuestionWill this work for foundation sticks?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionIs it ok not to put it in the refrigerator?GwackCommunity AnswerIt most likely would not set properly, as it needs to be chilled to get it's full shape and texture back.Thanks!
QuestionWill this work for lip balm?Cecilia FloresTop AnswererThis method will also work for lip balm. Just be careful, because lip balm contains more oils than lipstick, so it'll melt faster.Thanks!
QuestionDoes this work for concealer sticks?Cecilia FloresTop AnswererYes, this should also work for concealer sticks and foundation sticks.Thanks!
QuestionIf the lipstick is stuck in the lid, how do I repair it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt the lipstick is broken, melt the broken end and reattach it as shown in this article. If it is completely stuck, you may need to use something to get it out and then melt it completely and store it in another container. Be sure to refrigerate it to get it back to lipstick consistency.Thanks!
To repair a broken lipstick, start by covering a work surface with paper towels and putting on disposable gloves to avoid making a mess. Then, swivel up the lipstick and remove the broken piece. Next, use a match or lighter to warm the broken ends of the lipstick. When the lipstick has melted slightly, gently connect the 2 pieces and use the end of a clean match to move the sides of the lipstick together. Finish by putting the lipstick in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Some people advise using a tissue to work with the lipstick. This is good in a fix, as it is likely to be easily available. However, the gloves are cleaner and won't stick to the lipstick as a tissue might, so if you can use the gloves over a tissue, do so.
- Lipstick that has very little base left can still be recovered and used for a bit longer. Simply mash the broken part back into the tube with a clean, gloved hand and continue to apply using a lip brush instead.
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