Beauty Hacks: Quick Fixes for Makeup Mistakes

It happens to the best of us. From overly rouged cheeks to crooked eyeliner, makeup blunders plague even the most skilled of hands and we’re 100% convinced that even Michelle Phan gets her contouring wrong every once in awhile. 

The bad news is that we can never truly run away from these beauty blunders and whether we like it or not, they’re bound to happen every now and then (sometimes during the most inopportune moments, like when you’re rushing to leave your house and your Uber has already been waiting for the last five minutes), the good news however, is that for every mishap, there is a quick fix that’ll have your makeup game back on point within minutes.

Check out these five hacks that every beautyholic should know and while you’re at it, remember to check out Saleduck to score awesome deals on some of the tools and products that you’re going to need as part of your arsenal. Visit its beauty category right here.

Clumpy Mascara
This one hits just way too close to home. In an attempt to score voluminous lashes, you end up with lumpy bumpy lashes due to product pileup from your mascara that won’t budge even after  you painstakingly attempt to separate them with your mascara wand.

The Solution: Using a clean spoolie brush soaked in a little makeup remover and gently comb through your lashes. The remover will dissolve the clumped product and remove the access build-up. Once the clumps have disappeared, go over your lashes with another coat of mascara to set the look and problem solved.

Smeared Lipstick
We’ve all encountered moments where our lipstick gets on everything instead of being well-behaved and staying put. Preferably within the perimeter of our lipline and nowhere else. From bleeding into the corners of our lip to getting onto our teeth, this lippie dilemma is the bane of many women’s existence. 

The Solution: First, always blot your lipstick in between coats to make it last longer and prevent smudging. On top of that, you can also set your cream-based lipsticks by placing a piece of tissue paper over your mouth and then patting on a little loose powder. To reverse an unwanted smudge, use a cotton tip to clean up any messes and then go over the area with concealer and buff until everything is well-blended. 

Foundation Stains on Your Clothing
Nothing makes us tear up quicker than a foundation smear on the collar of our crisp white shirts but before you relinquish your whites and pastels that have been tarnished by the dreaded foundation stain, this unexpected fix will have you doing celebratory cartwheels in no time.

The Solution: Shaving cream. Yup you read that right. Shaving cream is better and faster than bleach when it comes to getting rid of foundation stains on your clothing plus they’re also a lot less corrosive which means that they won’t damage your clothing. Just apply it directly to the stain and let it sir for about 15 minutes before rinsing off. 

Over-Tweezed Brows
You got a little carried away with the tweezers and are now stuck with sparse and slightly patchy brows. Unfortunately, this is a problem that only time can solve as you’ll just have to wait it out but in the meantime, there are literally hundreds of products out there to help you fake fuller brows until yours grow back.

The Solution: Using a small angled brush and a brow powder that closely matches your hair colour, fill in any sparse areas using short strokes to mimic the effect of hairs until all the empty patches have been filled in. Remember to do this using a light hand so the look is as natural as possible. Even everything out by brushing over your brows with a spoolie brows and to set the entire look, use a clear brow gel to keep everything in place and to prevent the colour from fading. 

Too Much Blusher
You know the feeling, putting on too much blusher and then feeling the heartbreak upon realising that you’re going to have to take your entire face off and start from scratch to correct the error. 

The Solution: Gone are the days of going back to square one to fix a minor makeup mishap. To soften over-blushed cheeks, use a clean fluffy powder brush to buff away as much access product as you possibly can. The trick to this is to do it in light, circular and swift motions. Pressing too hard will only push the pigment into your skin and will make it even harder to blend out. Once you’ve done this, apply a layer of loose or pressed powder to neutralise the colour and you’re good to go. 

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