Exactly How To Fix The 5 Most Common Beauty Blunders

You can’t tell when your beauty emergency will hit – but you can plan how to fix it when it does. 


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You can’t tell when your beauty emergency will hit – but you can plan how to fix it when it does. 

Beauty fails are the worst! Nothing ruins a good day like having to fix a chipped nail or dark circles under your eyes that just won’t disappear. That’s why we’re providing you with these easy beauty solutions to stop your day from taking a turn for the worse.

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Beauty Blunder 1: You’ve Found Yourself Up Till 4AM Binge-watching Your Fave Series

The dark circles under your eyes are telltale signs of a late (or sleepless) night. To combat puffiness, wrap two ice cubes in muslin and place over your eyes for a few minutes. Reduce sagging and smooth out the eye area for a revitalised appearance with a product packed with vitamin E, try Hannon Vitamin E Eye Crème (R300). Follow with a thick, full-coverage concealer with a yellow undertone to help cancel out the circles. Apply a light-coverage concealer with a brush to the darkest spots and blend – try Chanel Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen (R610), it’s a highlighter and complexion-brightener all in one. Finally, simply set with a powder such as L.O.V Camouflage Concealer Palette (R268).

Beauty Blunder 2: You Have A Fight With The Drawer And Then… Crack!

Chipped nails are the WORST. Try this trick from nail-care expert, Lynn Gray. “If you break a nail, apply a base coat across the break, then soak up any excess with a small square of dry tea bag. It will fuse the nail together.” Then apply colour and finish with a strengthening topcoat, like Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat (R80) , to hold it together. To avoid this from happening in the first place, also try Orly Tough Cookie (R118) , which can help strengthen dry and brittle nails that snap and break easily.

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Beauty Blunder 3: Flirting + Mascara On Eyelids = Fail

Oily skin? Your struggle is real, since it can lead to easy make-up transfer. Deal with any extra oil on your lids by simply patting a blotting sheet on them before you do your make-up – the BeautyBlender Blotterazzi (R405) is reusable and allows for precise blotting. Then, before coating your lashes, create a canvas on your lids with a humidity- and sweat-resistant eye primer like MAC Prep + Prime 24-hour Extend Eye Base (R380). The finishing touch? A waterproof topcoat for lashes – use Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara (R275). It won’t allow your mascara to kiss your lids and, bonus, you can use it to groom unruly brows to keep them in place.

Beauty Blunder 4: You’re About To Take A Selfie When You Notice An Icky White Film On Your Lips – EEEEW!

Lip balm is handy when it comes to relieving desert lips, but when lips are peeling, particles can get trapped, creating a white coating. Exfoliate your pucker with SIX Eye & Lip Soft Exfoliator (R387), then switch to a shiny balm that leaves no residue, like La Roche- Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Lip Balm (R80). Going out? Try Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer (R355) in your fave go-to colour – it’s non-sticky and has a long-lasting shine.

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Beauty Blunder 5: Those Post-Gym Sweats Just Won’t Quit

While exercising pre-meeting is shown to boost confidence, it can also leave you sweating for an hour after you’ve worked out. Start by glugging cold water. A University of Ottawa study showed that those who drank ice-cold drinks while exercising perspired less. The same trick works by placing a cold towel under your arms or on the back of your neck. Finish by using Shield MotionSense Germ Defence (R27) – it holds its own even through a HIIT sesh.

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