Monica is now at the age when she likes to imitate everything that we do. This includes trying to put on makeup while I’m getting ready in the morning. Most mornings I hold her and explain my morning routine: swipe on some toner, lotion on my face, concealer, foundation, blush, eye shadow, and mascara. For a while, she was content with playing with a set of travel brushes from a Clinique bonus time gift. She now wants to participate and asks for blush and eye shadow. I play along by very lightly rubbing the brush on her cheeks before dipping the brush in the compact and putting on blush myself.
On other mornings, she likes to go through my makeup bag and put on my makeup by herself. Obviously I don’t give her the concealer or mascara, but it’s pretty harmless to let her play with my blush and eye shadow.
Unfortunately, some of these mornings result in dropped and cracked makeup compacts. Right now, my Aveda foundation is pretty looking sad. It’s supposed to be a pressed powder, but you wouldn’t know by looking at it.
Fortunately, this is an easy $2 fix as opposed to replacing the whole compact. Simply pick up a bottle of rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol from the first aid section at Target, Walgreens, or CVS. You might already have some in your first aid kit at home because the alcohol is used to clean any bacteria in a scrape or wound.
Trickle enough rubbing alcohol onto the broken makeup to form a paste.
Drag the back of a spoon (or a clean finger) over it to reshape.
Leave the compact overnight to dry. The alcohol will evaporate, returning the makeup to its former glory.