Pick up the broken pieces and use a clean object, such as the back of a make-up brush, to crush them into even smaller pieces. This will make the pieces easier to remould.
Pour rubbing alcohol, which you can buy at any pharmacy, over the powder until it is soaked and you get a paste. To reduce the mess, you may want to use a dropper or a bottle of rubbing alcohol with a nozzle, which you can find at Watsons for $5.50. If you are repairing something that is part of a bigger palette, cover the other parts of the palette so that they do not get wet.
Mould the paste together using the flat side of a dinner knife.
Let it dry for at least three hours before using or when the smell of alcohol is gone.
Carrying your pressed make-up palettes around in your bag can lead to them breaking up into pieces if they get knocked around too much. For a cushioning effect, place cotton pads over the palette before closing the case.
This article was first published on Sept 26, 2014.
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