We've all been there: You're doing your makeup just like any other morning and reach for your favorite eyeshadow (or worse, contour!). Just when you think you've got it, your fingers fail you. Your precious baby has slipped from your grasp, plummeting towards the hard tile floor. The container is fine, but the powder? Destroyed.

Before you throw that thing out (or try to make due with a broken compact), check out this amazing makeup hack that will quite literally change your life. You'll get to save your favorite powders, and save a few bucks since you don't have to replace them. 

And in case you're wondering, you can totally use this to extend the life of your face powder. You know when you get to the end of your powder compact and all you've got are those broken pieces from the edges? Grab a small container from the dollar store, crush up those crumbs, and use this trick!

All you need is:
• Rubbing alcohol, AKA isopropyl alcohol (don't use water!)
• Your broken powder
• A pencil
• A small coin
• A clean cloth or paper towel

Ready? Let's go!

1. First, you have to go to town on your powder.

Things are gonna get worse before they get better. You want to completely crush up the powder into a nice, fine dust.

2. Add rubbing alcohol.

You can use a dropper if you have one, or just use a teaspoon to add tiny amounts until the mixture is damp. Personally, I like the mixture to be more liquidy so you can play around with it. Bear in mind that the more alcohol you use, the longer it'll take to dry.

3. Wrap a coin in a cloth.

Preferably a clean one. You can use a paper towel or coffee filter if you'd prefer not to sully your cloths with bright pink makeup.


4. Now use that coin to whip your makeup into shape!

Press down evenly across the powder. The goal here is to pack it back into a compressed powder, so don't skip this step!

5. All that's left to do is wait!

Depending on how much alcohol you used, it can take up to 24 hours. Check in on it every few hours. If it still smells like rubbing alcohol, it's not ready. Once it's all dry, it's ready for use. Enjoy!