Repair Your Broken Lipstick: Tip-of-the-Day #216


In these first days of fall - or rather San Francisco's first days of summer - I'm finding my lipsticks are all taking the heat (pun intended). Two of my BRAND NEW sticks melted and broke off at the base before I even had a chance to abuse them. So, I did some research and found out I have several choices with respect to what I can do with them now.

1. Throw them out. Uh, no! Smart women don't throw out perfectly good (albeit melted) makeup.

2. Take the broken piece of lipstick, and with a lighted match, carefully melt the base of the broken piece as well as the remaining lipstick still in the tube. Put them together and make sure it's standing upright. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and voila! Lipstick should be good as gold.

3. Take your lipstick out of the tube and microwave it for 30 seconds in a microwaveable container. Then transfer the melted contents to a small receptacle, like those sample sized containers that Kiehl's and other cosmetics companies dole out. Refrigerate and use it as if it were a lip balm. (Keep Kleenex on you to wipe the color from your finger when you're done applying).

Don't despair! Even lipstick can come around again for a fair shake.

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