Broken Lipstick = New Lipstick

We’ve all known this tragedy :

Actually that’s not super tragic because this is a shitty Anna Sui lipstick that’s like twelve years old. BUT. When it happens to a lipstick you love, SUCH SADNESS. What do you dooooo omg. You can :

Do that thing where you melt the bottom of the broken-off end of the bullet a little bit with a lighter and then jam it back down on the base, which is messy, infuriating, and often results in an extremely short-lived repair that’s just going to break again as soon as you use it,

OR

Scrape the whole lipstick out of the tube and mash it into a pot or tin or lip palette … but then you have to apply it with a brush or your finger, which, NAH.

OR

You can use my Preferred Solution, and make a brand new clean sturdy bullet … in a lip balm tube. OH YES.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

A broken lipstick

An empty lip balm tube

A very small glass or other microwave-safe container

A disposable plastic dropper (optional but recommended)

If you don’t have an empty (or near-empty) balm tube you can sacrifice, here’s a 12-pack of clear ones on Amazon for $4.99. If you do have a near-empty tube you can use, twist the product/base as far up as it’ll go, and clean it out really well — toothpicks and q-tips work pretty well.

HOW ^2 : 

Dump your broken bullet into your little microwaveable glass thing, and scrape the rest of the product (as much of it as you can easily get) out of the base of the bullet. I used a teeny glass soy sauce dish — if you don’t have droppers (here’s 20 for under five bucks), you’ll definitely want to use something with a corner, or with an actual lip/spout for easy pouring. It does need to be super tiny, though, because otherwise once you go to decant it, half your lip stuff is going to end up on the walls of your melting-container rather than in your balm tube.

Also, if you want to get really next-level here, you can edit that lipstick formula a little bit. Most lipsticks are made with a base of oils and waxes along with colorants and stuff, so you can usually add a little bit of other semi-solid oils or cosmetic-appropriate waxes to change them up a little. This particular lipstick is not only a hideously unflattering color on me, it’s also not good at doing the whole “opaque” thing. So I figured it’d at least be more usable if I backed off the pigment concentration and turned it into more of a deliberately sheerish thing. Thus, I added a little bit of coconut oil, and also a little bit of beeswax to “balance” the oil and keep it from getting too soft/emollient. If you don’t have oil and beeswax? Just throw in a wodge of clear lip balm, which is already the appropriate consistency.

Now, go ahead and make sure your balm tube is prepped. If you’re reusing an old one, you twisted it all the way up to clean it out — now you need to twist it all the way DOWN.

Now slam your little glass pot o’ lip glop in the microwave, and nuke that shit. Depending on the consistency of your lip stuff (like how much wax it contains), it’ll probably take about 80-120 seconds to fully melt and liquefy it all. My own microwave has approximately the same wattage as, like, the effing sun, so I do 90 seconds on 70% power. Once your glop is melted, stir it around with the end of a toothpick to make sure everything is all the way melted, and any other ingredients you added are fully incorporated, then decant!

It’s seriously way easier to use a dropper — pouring and aiming a tiny container into an even tinier container is supremely difficult and frustrating.

Fill it all the way to the top, but don’t overflow it. As it cools, it’ll contract a little :

And it’s done! Be sure to wait until it’s TOTALLY COOLED OFF to room temp before you twist it up and use it. Which, yes, it’s 100% usable now. Is it as nice and fancy as it was in its original container? Probably not, but at least it’s workable now, and it can’t break again.

For reference, here’s what that original lipstick looked like :

And here’s what it looks like after “editing” with a little coconut oil and beeswax :

Same shade, but a much more wearable semi-sheer. Yay!

Got another repair method we should know about? Share!