Don't let a cracked eye shadow or shattered blush get you down. Just because it's broken into a million little pieces doesn't mean it has to be tossed into the garbage. In fact, with just a few simple steps and a little bit of creativity you can either restore or repurpose some of your favorite products.
YouTube star Deepica Mutyala stopped by the Fourth Hour to share some of her favorite tricks for salvaging old makeup — and we have a few of our own hacks at TODAY.com to add to the list as well. So whether you have a busted bronzer or maxed-out mascara, there's no need to give up hope with these quick and easy hacks. Plus, they'll save you from shelling out on replacements.
1. Turn broken bronzer into tinted moisturizer
If you find you're left with only a few golden crumbs of what once used to be the secret to your year-round glow, don't fret. In just four steps, you can transform your favorite bronzer from some measly specks of powder into a moisturizer that will give you that same gorgeous sun-kissed look. A little can go a long way! Here's how to make your very own tinted moisturizer.
2. De-clump old mascara
There's something undeniably annoying about grabbing your mascara in the hopes of giving your eyes the perfect pop, only to find that's it's gone all clumpy and dry, leaving you with lashes that resemble crooked spider legs. If you can relate, definitely don't throw out your old mascara. All you have to do is follow this quick tutorial and you'll have a tube that's as good as new. Thick, long lashes are four steps away!
3. Turn broken eye shadow into eyebrow gel
A perfectly good eye shadow that you cracked on the bathroom floor (oops!) or even a color that you just don't like anymore doesn't have to go to waste thanks to this cool hack. With the help of some petroleum jelly, you can revamp your eye shadow into the ultimate eyebrow gel, leaving you with envious and oh-so-trendy full brows. Watch out Cara Delevingne, your eyebrows might no longer be the talk of the town!
4. Fix a broken lipstick
We all know how hard is it find the perfect shade of lipstick, and when it breaks, there's nothing worse than having to say goodbye to it. Well, no matter what happens to your lipstick — flattened out, broken in half or crumpled — it doesn't have to be kicked to the curb like a bad boyfriend.
With just four steps and the help of a candle, you can make your favorite hue as good as new. Here's how to do it.
5. Repair a broken eye shadow
The eye shadow that you shattered into a million little pieces is certainly no need for tears. In fact, with a little rubbing alcohol, you can create an eye shadow that looks and works as good as new. Follow this quick and easy tutorial and you'll have the perfect smokey eye for many more days — or nights — to come. Trust us, your bank account will be thanking you when you don't have to spring for a new one.
This story was first published on Jan. 20, 2016.