10 Quick Beauty Blunder Fixes

10 Quick Beauty Blunder Fixes

Fix common beauty blunders with these time- and money-saving tips.

By: Amber Katz

Beauty blunders happen to the best of us. Even the grooming gurus are subject to a little blooper now and then — from a scent that's more fume than perfume to a nicked mani right after they leave the salon to a stripy self-tan. Here are 10 quick solutions to ensure you never have to worry about when dashing turning into disaster.

1. Nicked Nail Polish
I scored this tip from a nail tech: Wet the pad of your finger with nail polish remover and smudge it onto the ding to smooth it out. It seems counterintuitive, but this softens the polish and evens it out. And there is no need to apply another coat.

2. Stripy Self-Tan
Does your self-tan look more like a tabby cat than a Bond girl? Rub on the product again — over the initial application — preferably with a self-tanner towelette. Wait 10 hours for the glow to develop and all stripes should disappear

3. Impurrfect Cat-Eye
Fix a sloppy cat-eye stat with microbrushes.

They're also ideal for removing makeup when you're wearing eyelash extensions because they don't leave fuzzies behind like cotton swabs.

4. Smokey Eye Turned Black Eye
When creating a smokey eye, always start by dusting loose powder underneath your lower lash line. You can then easily brush away any dark pigment that falls into the area. If you didn't start out with a powder base, wet a cotton swab with a bit of eye makeup remover to correct any mistakes


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5. Overdone Perfume
Simply apply a bit of fragrance-free lotion on the offensive spot to temper the strong scent. (Your neighbors will thank you.)

6. Too Much Foundation
So you went a little overboard? Wet a makeup sponge and rub it over your skin to break it up. 

7. Concealer That Melts Off
This one's a three-step process. Prime, apply concealer and then finish with a sweep of powder to lock it into place. Powder helps the makeup adhere to the skin longer and will counteract any sweating, which can cause makeup to melt right off. Because of the extra powder, your makeup will feel a bit heavier. Unfortunately, there's no way to avoid this. But remember: Loose powders are lightest.

8. Swimming in Serum
When you grease up your hair with too much serum and there's no time to wash it off, thoroughly douse it with dry shampoo at the roots to sop up the excess. It'll give your formerly slick locks a more arid texture.

9. Buying the Wrong at-Home Hair Color
How did it happen? Probably because you and the model on the box don't have the same natural hair color. A better color guide is the one that's usually provided on the back of the package. It shows how your hair color will look after dyeing. If you're past the point of no return and the dye is on, however, your best bet is to go to a professional. At-home dye rarely fixes another at-home job.

10. Zits are the Pits
Just popped a zit and feel like you need a tourniquet? Here's how to stop the bleeding: Apply firm pressure and use a cold compress or an ice cube wrapped in tissue to quell any swell. And, next time, don't pick!

What beauty blunders have you encountered?

Amber is a freelance writer and the founder of Beauty Blogging Junkie , a
hilarious pop-culture infused beauty blog that covers everything from eye shadow to hairspray. Amber has written for Instyle.com, MTV.com's Buzzworthy blog, New York Press and Girlfriend Getaways magazine.

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