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How-To: Repair a Broken Eye Shadow

Stila and I have always had a dysfunctional kind of love affair. Their eye shadows are so buildable and blendable that it's hard not to love them, but because they're so soft, they tend to break. Then you're left with tiny bits of Kitten all over the place, which means a lot of product goes to waste.

While at Sephora this weekend, a Stila representative named Pam asked me if I'd tried their shadows. We got talking about the fragility, and Pam showed me a trick. It's one of those no-duh things that I should have tried on my own, but I honestly didn't think it would work so well. In just three steps, you can rehabilitate your broken shadow and make it as good as new. To find out how to do it,


Because Stila's shadows are so soft, they're prone to breakage. But that quality is exactly why it's so easy to put them back together. Here's how to do it:

  • Step one: Use a clean mascara wand (like the testers at Sephora) or Q-tip to gently scrape away any loose bits of shadow.
  • Step two: Place a Kleenex on top of the broken shadow, then use your index finger to press down on it. Use a series of small pressing motions rather than a few big ones.
  • Step three: Remove the Kleenex, and you should have an intact shadow once again. (I turned mine upside down and it stayed in one piece. Success!)

Simple but effective, right? Don't forget, you can also turn broken blush into lip gloss.

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