Faced with a beauty emergency just as you’re about to leave the house? Help is at hand. Read on for quick fixes to seven of the most common beauty disasters, from a smile full of lipstick to mascara-clumped lashes.
To get rid of tired, puffy eyes, place two chilled slices of cucumber over your eye area, and leave them on for around five minutes. The powerful blend of antioxidants found in cucumbers will combine with the chilled temperature to soothe inflammation and swelling around the eye area. If you’re prone to tired eyes, keep a stash of green-tea teabags to act as a cool compress. Simply steep the teabags for a moment or two in hot water, allow them to cool, and store in the refrigerator ready for those dull-eyed days.
When it comes to foundation, there’s a fine line between the perfect amount and going over the top. If you’ve gone overboard, spray a small amount of water onto your face and use a sponge to even out any cakey areas. Next, squeeze some moisturizer onto a foundation brush and start carefully smoothing out any remaining build-ups. Follow the contours of your face with the brush for a flawlessly natural look.
If you’ve been plagued by pimples since your school days, you’ll know all too well that they seem to pop up at the worst of times. Pimples are essentially an inflamed area of skin, and you can treat them just like you would any other inflammation – with ice. Wrap some ice in a paper towel and hold it against your pimple for about ten minutes to bring the swelling down. To hide the pimple completely, steal a tip from the stars and lightly glide some yellow concealer over it.
Lipstick on Your Teeth
Nothing ruins a dazzling smile quite like a smear of lipstick across your teeth. As soon as you spot a lipstick stain, wrap a piece of tissue around your finger and gently swipe it along your teeth until they’re clean. To make sure they stay that way, put a small amount of flavorless, clear lip balm on your finger and lightly apply a thin layer to your teeth. This creates an invisible barrier to ward off any further lipstick stains, and also adds an extra glisten to your smile.
The solution to split ends is waiting for you in your own kitchen. When used sparingly, olive oil is great for adding a natural shine to your hair, and helps to temporarily hide split ends. Simply take a teaspoon’s worth of oil and run it through your hair with your hands. To prevent split ends altogether, have regular trims and make sure you use a thermal-protection product or heat-protection spray to keep your hair moisturized while styling.
With a bit of quick thinking, this beauty disaster doesn’t have to ruin your day. First, use a nail file to even out the chipped area until it’s as smooth as possible. After that, all you need to do is apply two layers of nail polish and the chip will be completely hidden. Broken a nail on a night out without a nail file in sight? The striking strip of a matchbox makes for a great substitute in an emergency.
Rescue your lashes from mascara clumps by holding a baby wipe between your thumb and finger and gently running it along the mascara build-up to remove it. If this happens every time you apply makeup, take it as a sign that your mascara needs some TLC. Tightly seal the tube, and place it in a bowl of warm water for five minutes. This will soften the brush, and the next time you apply your mascara it’ll be as good as new.