Have you ever plucked a bullet lipstick out of a hot car or sweltering handbag to find that it has melted out of shape? Has a well-meaning toddler twisted it all the way up, tried to use it, and snapped it in the process? Ouch. Was it your favorite shade (from LiveGlam, of course)? Double ouch.
No worries, here’s how to repair a bullet lipstick.
If your lipstick was snapped at the base or in the middle, there’s hope!
- Clean paper towel
- Thoroughly wash your hands and lay out a clean paper towel to work on
- Carefully pick up the broken piece and hold it at the tip
- Hold the broken end in the stream of your hairdryer on medium heat
- You’re aiming to slightly soften and almost melt the end of the lipstick, not totally liquidize it
- Gently press the softened end of the broken piece onto the end of the bullet that remains in the lipstick component
- Use your toothpick to gently scrape away any product that has bulged out during the “reconnection” process
- Place the lipstick into the fridge for a few minutes to help the pieces adhere
Smooshed by the cap
If *someone* placed the cap onto the lipstick before it was twisted back into the component, you’ve got a messier situation on your hands. You may need to turn your lippie into a solid balm.
- A spoon that has been disinfected
- A lighter
- A clean toothpick
- A clean, empty lip balm pot
- Remove any lipstick chunks (aka the non-smooshed parts) and set aside on a clean paper towel
- Use a clean toothpick to scrape the lipstick from inside the cap and inside the component and transfer to your awaiting spoon
- Add the lipstick chunks to the spoon and hold the spoon over the flame of your lighter
- Gently melt the lipstick until liquidized
- Carefully pour the melted lipstick into the awaiting jar
- Screw the lid onto the jar and place into the fridge to set
- You can use this with a lip brush, or with (clean) fingers like a colored balm
- Note: if anyone walks in to see you holding a spoon over a flame, be sure to show them the lipstick…to avoid confusion