There’s an important, life-changing event happening and anyone who is anyone will be there, including Russell Brand and possibly even Prince Harry! So, of course this would be the perfect time for you to have a serious and frustrating beauty emergency. Thankfully, solving these dilemmas can be a lot easier than you think and with the help of a few cheeky tips and tricks the show shall go on!
Emergency 1 – Out Damned Spot!
I get them, you get them and even Miranda Kerr gets them (we hope). You can pretty much guarantee it will be in the centre of your forehead and approximately the same size as your nose. Now, the golden rule with those fateful zits is to LEAVE THEM ALONE. Do not squeeze unless it’s absolutely ready, fully formed and complete with a whitehead at the surface (yuk). When it reaches this point you should take a clean tissue, place it on either side of the spot and gently squeeze. This stops any bacteria from your hands infecting the open wound and eliminates the risk of scarring your delicate skin with your pincers. Use ice to cool the area and finish off with a blob of antiseptic.
Emergency 2 – Mascara Mishaps
Why is it always the way? Your whole face looks perfect, practically glowing, only for one slip of the hand to blob it all over your eyelids. If this sounds like you then have no fear! I use a handy little product from Simple, it’s an eye makeup corrector pen and it’s my absolute friend in times of peril. It cleans up mascara spots, neatens up eyeliner and fits perfectly in your makeup bag. If payday is still a little too far away then a pointed cue tip and some make up remover can be just as effective.
If clumpy lashes are your kryptonite then use an old mascara wand to comb through the lashes and remove any clumps. If they are fairly well caked then dip the brush in a little makeup remover first and be gentle – those luscious lashes are delicate.
Emergency 3 – Puffy Eyes
Making sure you get a solid eight hours of sleep a night and committing to drink two litres of water a day may be boring but it does effectively wipe out those tired and puffy eyes. If you don’t have the luxury of a full-nights sleep too often then keep some used teabags in the fridge over night, ready to plop onto those dark circles first thing in the morning. Tea helps reduce puffiness around the eye due to its diuretic properties that combats swelling from fluids. An easy 5 – 6 minutes will be enough to reduce any redness of the skin and experiment with different types of herbal teas to find the one that best suits you.
It might be a bit of a cliché but using cold cucumber straight from the fridge is a great way of cooling and calming the under eye area. It is a commonly used anti-oxidant in beauty products that treats stubborn skin problems such as acne and wrinkles. Leave them on for 4-5 minutes then rinse with cold water.
So there you have it, simple solutions when life, or your face, throws a curve ball.