From puffy eyes to mascara smears, we all run into beauty emergencies every so often. Beauties, here are some tried-and-true solutions to help you deal with your beauty woes quickly and easily. You’ll be looking good again in no time.
How to Deal With It: Waking up with puffy eyes is a bummer. To get them under control, start with a cool compress. Store two steeped tea bags or a cucumber in the refrigerator for just this kind of beauty emergency. Place the cool bags or cucumber slices on your eyes and relax with them on for about five to ten minutes. They will help drain the excess fluid and reduce swelling.
Recommended Product: Keeping cool tea bags or cucumber on hand too much trouble? An excellent alternative is eco-chic Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion ($18.50), which also works exceptionally well – especially great to have during allergy season! Keep a bottle in the fridge for fast puffy eye relief.
How to Deal With It: Lightly fill in your eyebrows with a brow pencil with soft, feathery strokes (don’t draw them on with a heavy hand – unless, of course, you want them to look fake). If you’re blonde, choose a color that is one shade darker than your hair color. Everyone else, choose one shade lighter. Then fill in with a small, angled brush and brow powder in the same shade to soften the line, make it look more natural and help the pencil stay in place all day.
Recommended Products: A favorite brow pencil is IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($24). It comes in one universally flattering shade that works on all hair colors, goes on easily and looks very natural due to the special oval tip, and is formulated to restore hair follicle health. Love!
If you’re in a rush, just use a brow pencil. If you have more time, apply brow powder on top to help the pencil stay in place better. A favorite is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo ($22). This lightweight powder is smudge-proof and stays on really well while looking very natural. It comes with two colors to help you get just the right shade. For just about everything you need for perfect brows, try one of the Anastasia All-in-One Kits($65-$85), which all include a Brow Powder Duo.
Under Eye Circles
How to Deal With It: First apply an eye cream to add moisture and prevent concealer from settling into fine lines and wrinkles (otherwise, dry skin starts absorbing your concealer). Then apply a thin layer of concealer all over the area under the eyes. Follow with a second layer just on the darkest areas. Lightly dust face powder on to help keep the concealer in place.
Recommended Products: A favorite eye cream is Kate Somerville CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream ($75). It’s a great multi-tasker that really works to reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines while light-diffusing pearls help eyes look more radiant.
Two top concealers:
- The new Bobbi Brown Corrector and Concealer ($22 each, see my full review with before and after photos) – the corrector helps neutralize darkness while the concealer offers medium- to full-coverage as it conditions skin with lecithin, protects with antioxidants and gives a soft focus effet with silica to soften the look of fine lines. The new formulations are a great improvement that are much less likely to settle into fine lines.
- IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye ($24) – a full-coverage waterproof concealer with a nice, light texture that conceals as it helps nourish skin with collagen and vitamins C and K.
Two top finishing powders for keeping concealer in place:
- Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF 12 ($40, see full review) – a customizable powder foundation that banishes shine without looking dry and powdery.
- Benefit Powderflage ($28) – this superlight, slightly pink powder helps diffuse the look of fine lines and dark circles and conceals a bit too.
Excellent brushes to keep on hand:
- IT Cosmetics Dual Retractable Concealer and Micro-Concealer Brush ($24) – a double-ended brush (with small and medium brushes) that allows you to apply concealer just where you need it gently without tugging at the delicate under eye area.
- Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush ($30) – this brush is perfect for applying just the right amount of powder over concealer – much better than a large face powder brush because it lightly dusts powder just where you need it and easily distributes powder under the eyes (a large face powder brush is really too large to deposit powder in this area).
How to Deal With It: Apply concealer with a small, pointed brush. Use the brush or your finger to blend out at the edges. Pat on an oil-free powder to set the concealer and reduce shine. Draw attention away from the offending blemish by playing up your eye makeup or by wearing a bright lipstick.
Recommended Products: TheBalm Liquid TimeBalm Spot Concealer ($20) is excellent for hiding and treating blemishes in one fell swoop. It conceals and covers redness while it purifies and soothes with antibacterial tea tree oil – all without parabens and synthetic fragrances or dyes.
How to Deal with It: Find yourself out having a nice time with friends when an overdose of garlic at dinner has your breath smelling less than charming? Ask for a couple slices of lemon. Squeeze them in a little water and swish the citrus concoction around in your mouth. This will help break down the bacteria and food particles that are causing the offending smell.
How to Deal With It: Dip a toothpick in some nail or super glue. Apply the glue to the broken area and hold in place for a few seconds. This will hold you over until you can get to a manicurist who can help with a permanent fix.
How to Deal With It: It’s so easy to get in a rush and botch your mascara. One slip of the wand and you have a glaring glob of mascara all over your eye shadow and liner. But there’s no need to start over. Wait a second for the mascara to dry and then dip a cotton swab in a little bit of eye cream. Use the moistened swab to erase the error. Then fill in the area with your eye shadow and liner.