TEMPORARILY BROKE

Updated on: 09/10/14 09:14pm
CALL ME "MRS INNOVATION" OR "MRS PROBLEM SOLVER"

Today the unthinkable happened to a friend of mine... Her favourite lippy had spent a lovely day travelling around in her handbag, an hour or so sweating in the sun, the bag was accidently dropped from a short height onto concrete and a hastily grabbed attempt at application was the final straw...her lipstick broke in two. 
Lipstick can be considered an expensive purchase. There are several ways that we can improve its longevity.

1. Keep your lipstick in a cool, dry environment. This is especially important for products without additives or chemical compounds that may keep your lipstick stable but are harmful to your health. One of the most expensive products on the market has been proven to contain lead - don't forget a small amount of lipstick is ingested each time you wear it. 
Be mindful that most lipsticks can literally melt if kept in temperatures that are too high. 

2. Avoid winding the lipstick out too far. Just like eating a zooper dooper (long thin iceblock).... if you unstabilize the strongest point, it will inevitably break at its weakest point. 

3. Don't drop your lipstick. Unfortunately this can be an unavoidable event. Accidents happen. Dropping your lipstick, particularly on a hard surface, can cause weak cracks that could make it susceptible to breakage. 

IT'S BROKEN...NOW....HOW DO I FIX IT?

Lots of people will tell you to ditch the liptick tube and rescue the lipstick by squishing it, or melting it, into a small makeup pot. Application with a lipbrush will then be necessary. 

NOT HAPPY WITH THAT?

My next solution came to me quite quickly, I didn't know if it would work, it was my little experiment....although I later discovered EVERYONE is doing it.

FIVE SIMPLE STEPS

1. Light gloves - Don some lightweight kitchen gloves, purely to avoid messy hands.


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2. Match/lighter - Gently melt the broken parts of the lipstick with the flame. Be careful not to burn the lipstick or its case. 


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3. Attach - Carefully attach the broken ends to re-join the lipstick.


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4. Smooth over - Depending on how "bad" the break is...you can smooth the edges over with the other end of the matchstick. I didn't need to do this, I just smoothed over with a gloved finger. 

5. Refrigerate - Place the "newly attached" lipstick in the fridge for 20 minutes to set. 

I can happily relay that my friends lippy is now restored and she can apply it straight from the tube as normal.


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Has this ever happened to you? What was your solution?

Nicole.









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