Beauty emergencies can strike anytime, anywhere. From sunburns and chipped polish, to frizzy hair and melting makeup…a little improvisation goes a long way to help deal with these pesky emergencies! Today Kaitlyn is sharing more than 100 fast fixes for last-minute mishaps! Kaitlyn writes….. When I was in college I spent 9 weeks doing an internship in New York City. It was a total dream come true but I also happened to be there during the hottest part of the summer.
Between the intense rain storms, the 1000% humidity, and the blazing heat, I was a walking beauty emergency! I took a crowded subway and walked several blocks to get to work. I needed to look presentable in the office and I also wanted to look cute for going out after work without having to trek all the way back to my dorm room. But most of the time I was stuck with frizzy hair and melted makeup. I sure wish I’d had all the tips in this post back then! Below you’ll find solutions to just about every beauty emergency you can think of.
- If your hair has a lot of static, wipe it down with a dryer sheet.
- Rub a small amount hair conditioner or hand cream onto your hands and work through your hair. You can use this trick on wet or dry hair.
- Spray a clean, dry toothbrush with a bit of hairspray and brush it through flyaways to tame frizz.
- Use a bit of lip balm or salve to smooth down flyaways.
- If you’re traveling, or even just at your office, without access to a curling iron or rollers, you can fashion makeshift rollers with markers/pens and paper clamps. Wet your hands with a bit of water and run them through your hair to dampen it a bit. Roll your hair around markers the way you would with regular hair rollers. Secure with a paper clamp. If you don’t have a hair dryer handy, use the hand dryer in your office bathroom or turn up the heat in your car and put your head in front of the air vents.
- Another variation of the above trick is to do paper bag curls. Tear a paper bag into strips and roll slightly damp hair in them. Tie the ends together to keep them in place. Dry in the same manner mentioned above.
- Flip your head upside down and spray your roots with hairspray. When you flip your hair back over, don’t brush through it. Simply run your fingers through your hair to tame the volume.
- If you don’t have a teasing comb or brush, use a clean, dry toothbrush to tease the hair at the crown of your head.
- If your hair is a bit flat because it’s just been washed, spray some dry shampoo into the roots to give it a bit of texture. This trick also helps straight hair hold a curl.
- I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo but haven’t always known how to use it correctly. I watched this video from Megan Moore at The Beauty Snoop a few months ago and have been using her tips ever since.
- If you don’t have dry shampoo on hand, try this DIY Dry Shampoo.
- Some other DIY dry shampoo options are face powder, baby powder, cornstarch, cocoa powder, or dry oatmeal.
- In a real fix you can also try a bit of hand sanitizer or one of those wet wipes you get a restaurants. They both have rubbing alcohol in them that will help get rid of oil in your hair.
When it comes to failed hair color, I would mostly recommend seeing a professional to avoid damaging your hair any further. But there are a few things that are safe to try on your own.
- If your hair color comes out a lot darker than you wanted, wash it with hot water as soon as possible. Hot water is an enemy to hair dye and will help lighten up your hair. You can even wash your hair multiple times in a row until it lightens up as much as you would like.
- If you just generally hate the color you ended up with, wash your hair with Head & Shoulders until the color looks the way you want it. I heard this trick from a professional hair stylist when I was in college. She said Head & Shoulders works wonders for rinsing out hair color!
- If you have green tinted hair from swimming in chlorinated water, mix some lemonade-flavored Kool-Aid mix with your shampoo. Let it sit on your hair for a few minutes, then rinse it out.
- Cover up light colored roots with a bit of brown or black mascara.
- Here are some great ideas for dealing with dark roots on blonde hair from The Beauty Department
General Hair Tips
- Use a paperclip as a makeshift bobby pin. Binder clips work as well! You can pop the handles out to make the clip look like a cute hair decoration.
- Try storing bobby pins in a magnetic paper clip holder at your desk so you’re never without one in a pinch.
- You can use rubber bands in place of a hair tie. Floss also works to tie up your hair in a pinch!
- Use a flat iron to remove a dent in your hair made by a ponytail. If you don’t have access to a flat iron, dampen the area with a bit of water and let it air dry.
- This post from The Ultimate Beauty Guide has some great tips on fixing your hair after a workout.
- Use a Post-It Note to blot your lipstick in a pinch.
- If your lipstick won’t stay off your teeth, close your mouth around your finger and then slowly pull your finger out of your moth. The excess lipstick will stick to your finger and stay off your teeth.
- If your lipsticks runs, apply a bit of concealer around your lips as a cover up. You can also apply concealer around your lips before putting on lipstick to prevent running in the first place.
- After putting on your lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and apply some translucent powder through the tissue. The powder will set your lipstick and help it to last longer.
- If you can’t get an intense color of lipstick off your lips, swipe on some lip balm and then wipe it off with a tissue. Repeat the process until all of the color is gone.
- Run a bit of clear mascara through your lashes if your mascara gets clumpy after application. You can also use anything from a floss pick, to a paper clip or tweezers to separate clumps in a pinch.
- Clean up runny mascara with a wet Q-tip. If you don’t mind touching up any under eye concealer or foundation, you can also dip a Q-tip in a bit of lotion to easily clean up mascara. If you don’t have lotion or a Q-tip handy, dap a bit of lip balm on your finger and then wipe away the mascara.
- Place a business card on your eyelid where your lashes begin while you put on mascara. The card will keep mascara from getting on your eyelid.
- If you don’t have access to an eyelash curler, hold a spoon up to your eyelid with the concave side facing your lashes. Press your lashes to the spoon to curl them. This works even better if you heat the spoon with a hair dryer beforehand!
- If you put too much mascara on, run a clean, dry toothbrush through your lashes to spread them out and remove excess product.
- If you get mascara on your eyelid after applying eye shadow, dab a bit of concealer onto the marks with a thin brush.
- Swipe on a bit of clear mascara to hold unruly brows in place. You can also spray hairspray on a clean, dry toothbrush and run the toothbrush over your brows.
- Use a binder clip as makeshift tweezers in a pinch!
- If you over-pluck your brows, fill them in with a bit of matching eyeshadow.
- Use a pencil eraser to fix smudged eyeliner.
- Use a piece of tape on the outer corner of your eye to help draw on a precise cat-eye for a night out.
- If you accidentally put too much eyeliner on, use a Q-tip and a bit of lotion to get rid of the extra liner. You can also smudge the liner with an eye shadow brush to create a smoky eye.
- Place a Post-it or a small piece of tape under your eye when applying eye shadow to catch excess product. You can also use tape or the sticky part of the Post-it to remove eye shadow fallout under your eye.
- If you don’t have any eye shadow primer, you can use concealer in its place.
- Use a bit of olive oil on a Q-tip as a makeshift eye makeup remover.
General Makeup Tips
- If you crack your pressed powder, eye shadow, bronzer etc. – add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the powdery mess and press the chunks back together.
- At the end of a long day, add some blush to your cheeks before evening events. The blush will brighten up your face without having to redo all your makeup. If you don’t have any blush, you can use a little bit of lipstick as a cheek stain.
- Mix your moisturizer with a bit of concealer to create foundation. You can also mix regular foundation with moisturizer for lighter coverage on hot days.
- If you need to check your makeup, but don’t have a mirror handy, turn off your computer and use the shiny screen as a mirror. The camera on your phone or computer works great as well!
- Crush up an aspirin, mix with a tiny bit of water to form a paste. Rub the paste onto blemishes. You can also open up an Advil Liquid Gel and apply the liquid to blemishes.
- In a major emergency situation (ie. your wedding day) you can ask your dermatologist to inject a problem pimple with cortisone.
- Dab a bit of white toothpaste containing mint onto blemishes.
- Many people swear by Visine for pimples! Dab it on with a Q-tip or cotton ball.
- It’s best not to pop zits, but if you absolutely can’t resist, wet two Q-tips and use them to pop any white heads.
- Use an ice pack on blemishes to reduce swelling and redness.
- Use a warm compress of green tea to reduce inflammation.
- Here is a great post on covering up zits with makeup from MaskCara. This post from The Beauty Department has some great tips as well!
- Olive oil or coconut oil make great moisturizers! Rub them into especially dry areas like elbows, knees, feet etc.
- Use a Post-It or some tape to remove dry skin flakes.
- Use lip balm on a dry nose.
- A dab of Neosporin on dry lips can work wonders!
- When you brush your teeth, make sure to brush your lips as well to get rid of dead skin cells.
- I love Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets but I don’t always have them on hand! Luckily there are some great DIY alternatives. You can use toilet seat covers, tissue paper, Starbucks napkins, Post-its, coffee filters, cheap toilet paper, Scotch tape, or receipt paper. The possibilities are endless!
- Apply a bit of hand sanitizer to oily skin to get rid of shine.
- On hot days, when your foundation starts to run, you don’t need to completely reapply it. Just redistribute it with a damp makeup sponge.
- You can apply a little bit of Milk of Magnesia over your moisturizer to reduce shine.
- Apply hydrocortisone cream and refrigerated aloe to reduce inflammation and soothe skin.
- Take ibuprofen to help relieve any pain.
- Skip heavy foundations if you have a sunburned face. They won’t go on smoothly and will end up looking cakey. Instead, use a bit of tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone.
- Sprinkle salt onto a lemon wedge and rub it against discolored areas of skin.
- Hit the pool! The chlorine will help remove the self-tanner.
- Rub whitening toothpaste into darker areas. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse off in the shower.
- Use bronzer to even out the color.
- Hop in the shower and exfoliate to remove the self-tanner completely.
- Mix up a paste of baking soda and water to scrub away the self tanner.
- Put two metal spoons in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Lay them on your eyelids face up for a few minutes.
- Wrap ice cubes in a towel and apply to your eyelids for 10-15 minutes.
- Drinks lots of water!
- Pat a bit of aloe vera gel onto your eyelids.
- Make a 2:1 mixutre of witch hazel and water. Dab onto your eyelids with a cotton ball.
- Apply refrigerated eye cream before your concealer to hydrate under eye skin.
- Use concealer one shade lighter than your foundation to hide dark circles and puffiness.
- Use a nude or white eyeliner in your waterline to instantly brighten your eyes.
- Use eye drops when you first wake up to reduce redness and puffiness.
- This is an old beauty queen trick – apply Preparation H to your eyelids!
- Apply warm, wet green tea bags to your eyelids for 10-15 minutes.
- Put potato or cucumber slices on your eyelids for 10-15 minutes.
- Wipe your armpits with baby wipes or facial wipes.
- This may sound a bit crazy, but grab a couple of panty liners to wipe sweat out of your armpits.
- Dab a bit of hand sanitizer on your armpits. A lemon wedge will work as well!
- Use the rough side of a box of matches as a nail file in a pinch.
- Use a floss pick or a folded up Post-it note to get dirt from under your nails.
- Use a clean toothbrush as a makeshift nail brush.
- Use white-out to fixed a chipped French manicure.
- Use the edge of a pen lid to scrape away polish when you paint outside your nails.
- Use tape to mask the top of your fingers when painting your nails so you don’t get polish on your fingers.
- Dry your nails with the air vents in your office or the hand dryer in the bathroom.
- Spray your nails with a bit of cooking spray after painting them. It helps the polish dry faster!
- Apply salve to dry cuticles.
- Check out this post on How to Fix Every Nail Problem in the Book
- Here are some Salon Secrets to Repair a Cracked Nail
- Here is a great article from XO Vain on using Tea Bag Wraps to repair nails.
- If your teeth look yellow, avoid lipsticks with orange, yellow or beige hues. Choose bright reds or reds with a blue base.
- In a pinch, try chewing a piece of fresh mint or a lemon wedge. Apples will also get rid of bad breath!
- Rub a coffee filter over your teeth to help remove stains.
- I almost always have floss in my purse because I’m a bit anal about having food in my teeth. But in a pinch I have used the corner of a business card, a straw, or the corner of a clean plastic bag.
- If you run out of toothpaste, make a paste of baking soda and water to brush with.
What are your best tips for dealing with beauty emergencies?