I'm sure this has happened to you: a careless sweep of your arm or the cord from your blowdryer sends your make-up to the floor, destroying a compact containing eyeshadow or blush or powder. Do you suck it up and toss the powdery mess into the garbage and buy a new one? Before you do that, consider this save.

Push the powdered pigments together and sprinkle a few drops of rubbing alcohol on them. Cover the pile with a piece of plastic wrap, pressing it into place. Let dry (alcohol evaporates quickly but wait at least thirty minutes to be on the safe side). Carefully remove the plastic and voila!

(Image: Abby Stone)