Nothing ruins a good day like having to fix a chipped nail or dark circles under your eyes that just won’t disappear. It could seem impossible to fix beauty blunders yourself, but you don’t necessarily need to book an appointment with your nail tech, or run into Red Square in a panic.
We’re providing you with these easy beauty solutions to stop your day from taking a turn for the worse.
Beauty Blunder 1: Dark Under-Eye Circles
The scenario: You’ve found yourself up till 4AM binge-watching make-up tutorials, and now you’ve gotta pull your own kinda dexterity to fix your panda eyes.
To combat puffiness, wrap two ice cubes in muslin and place over your eyes for a few minutes. Reduce sagging and smooth out the eye area for a revitalised appearance with a product packed with vitamin E, like The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream. Or opt to soothe and brighten with Sorbet Vitamin Brightening Under-Eye Mask.
Follow with a thick, full-coverage concealer with a yellow undertone to help cancel out the circles. Apply a light-coverage concealer with a brush to the darkest spots and blend. Finally, simply set with a powder. Hey there, bright eyes!
Beauty Blunder 2: You Chipped A Nail
You have a fight with the drawer and then… Crack! Chipped nails are the WORST. Try this trick from nail-care expert, Lynn Gray. “If you break a nail, apply a base coat across the break, then soak up any excess with a small square of dry tea bag. It will fuse the nail together.” Trust us – we tried it and it works!
Then apply colour and finish with a strengthening topcoat, like Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat, to hold it together. To avoid this from happening in the first place, also try Orly Tough Cookie, which can help strengthen dry and brittle nails that snap and break easily.
Beauty Blunder 3: Smudged Mascara
Oily skin? Your struggle is real, since it can lead to easy make-up transfer. Deal with any extra oil on your lids by simply patting a blotting sheet on them before you do your make-up – the Real Techniques Miracle Blotting Cushions are reusable and allows for precise blotting.
Then, before coating your lashes, create a canvas on your lids with a humidity- and sweat-resistant eye primer like MAC Prep + Prime 24-hour Extend Eye Base. The finishing touch? A waterproof topcoat for lashes – use Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara. It won’t allow your mascara to kiss your lids and, bonus, you can use it to groom unruly brows to keep them in place.
Beauty Blunder 4: Icky White Film On Your Lips
Lip balm is handy when it comes to relieving desert lips, but when lips are peeling, particles can get trapped, creating a white coating. Exfoliate your pucker with SIX Eye & Lip Soft Exfoliator, then switch to a shiny balm that leaves no residue, like La Roche- Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Lip Balm. Going out? Try Benefit Gogotint Cheek & Lip Stain in your fave go-to colour – it’s non-sticky and has a long-lasting shine.
Beauty Blunder 5: Those Post-Gym Sweats Just Won’t Quit
While exercising pre-meeting is shown to boost confidence, it can also leave you sweating for an hour after you’ve worked out. Start by glugging cold water. A University of Ottawa study showed that those who drank ice-cold drinks while exercising perspired less. The same trick works by placing a cold towel under your arms or on the back of your neck. Finish by using Shield MotionSense Germ Defence – it holds its own, even through a HIIT sesh.