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Beauty blunders happen to the best of us, self included! Whether it’s too much perfume, a sudden pimple, or frizzy hair, make sure you’re prepared for the worst with these handy tips, so you can also ensure you look your best. These pro-tips will help you get you back to looking your best.
Beauty Emergency: Heavy-Handed Fragrance Application
Everyone’s run into this overly potent problem before. Chalk it up to anxiety, excitement, or simple ignorance, it’s easy to go overboard with the perfume application once in a while.
The Fix: A small dab of hand sanitizer applied to the scented area will soften the aroma, and the same effect can be achieved with a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol. The alcohol will evaporate quickly, taking some of the excess aroma along to diffuse the strength of the fragrance.
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To avoid a choking cloud of cool musk in the future, hold the bottle at least 12 inches away from your body before spraying. Better yet, spritz the air three times and walk through the settling cloud to diffuse the fragrance all over your skin rather than concentrated in one especially pungent place.
Beauty Emergency: Dry, Flaky-looking Skin
This problem is most likely due to a heavy-handed application of foundation and powder which just sits on your face, giving an ashy appearance.
The Fix: Dampen a washcloth with warm water. Wring it out well to ensure it’s just slightly damp, then gently blot the cloth over your skin with a soft tapping motion. Once your face dries you’ll have a young, dewy glow without wrecking your makeup.
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Beauty Emergency: Frizzy Hair
The cold, dry environment of air conditioned buildings may feel great during the hot days of summer, but it can quickly turn hair into a frizzy mess.
The Fix: If you don’t carry a bit of styling cream in your purse, reach for a dab of hand cream instead. Run the cream through your hair, then twist your hair up into a tight bun and leave it alone for 10 minutes. When you let your hair down it will be shiny and smooth.
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Beauty Emergency: The Dreaded Pimple
Pimples and blemishes are so hard to hide because the swelling is difficult to conceal.
The Fix: Mix a small amount of baking soda with a little bit of water, just enough to form a paste. Apply this paste to your blemish and let it rest for 15 minutes, then wash it away. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, baking soda will not only draw out excess oils from the effected area, it will also reduce swelling at the site.
Beauty Emergency: Greasy Looking Hair From Too Much Product
Going overboard on the styling cream, serum, or gel can cause your hair to look greasy and limp.
The Fix: Pull out your blow-dryer and gently brush your hair under the heat for 10 minutes. Yes, this works even on already dry hair! The heat will help the excess product evaporate, and the brush will help restore body by lifting the built-up product away from your scalp.
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Beauty Emergency: Over-plucked Brows
Ultra-thin, over-tweezed brows look freaky and unnatural if you’re trying to fill them in with the wrong product.
The Fix: If your brows are just sparse all over then you’ll want to use a pomade, or a brow pencil, to create the shape of your brow. If your brows just happen to be over-plucked here and there, then you can fix this easily with a bit of brow gel swept over your brows. Then dab in any thin spots with a stiff angled brush and matching brow powder. The trick here is to dab, not stroke, to create a natural-looking brow to perfectly frame your eyes.
Beauty Emergency: Mascara Makes Your Eyes Water
Mascara expires faster than any other beauty product. Three months after it’s opened it’s no good. The older your mascara is, the more likely it is to clump and flake, causing the small particles to wind up in your eyes, causing your eyes to water and tear up.
The Fix: Mark a calender, or set a reminder on your phone, to replace your mascara three months after opening a new tube of mascara. I like to mark mine with a sharpie so I can have a constant reminder. If you’ve had an eye infection at any time when using a tube of mascara, get rid of it and buy a fresh tube.
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Beauty Emergency: Eye-Shadow Makes Your Eyes Sting
There’s nothing sexy about a bloodshot smokey eye. Usually, when eye shadow makes your eyes sting it’s not so much the product, but the form that it takes. Blending loose powders around your sensitive eyes can create a sort of dustbowl effect that can be rather irritating.
The Fix: Switch from a loose powder type of eye shadow to a cream based, or cream-to-powder shadow which doesn’t suffer the same dusty fallout as powdered eyeshadow. Most pressed powder shadows won’t create dust, but to stay on the safe side reach for a cream.
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