May 22, 2019 By King
Best case scenario, you wake up with an outer-worldly glow on your wedding day. Your complexion retains that dewy, freshness all day. You don’t get that dreaded uni-lash or land up looking cakey after a touchup. Worst case scenario, all your bridal beauty nightmares play out on your big day. Truth is, no matter how well-scripted your wedding day is, the chances of your best laid plans going south are fairly high. While unpredicted makeup blunders can’t really be prevented, they can surely be remedied. Scroll ahead for our list of eight beauty emergencies you might potentially be up against, and simple hacks on how to fix them.
1) You woke up with puffy eyes
It’s only natural to wake up looking tired after all the back-to-back wedding festivities. Pop two teaspoons in the freezer for 15-20 minutes and place them on your eyes for a few minutes to dramatically reduce puffiness. If you’d rather take a scientific approach, apply a small dab of haemorrhoid cream under your eyes to instantly tighten up the skin and reduce swelling in under a minute.
2) You get a pimple
From stress and improper diet during the festivities (too much dairy, oil, sugar and spice) to an insufficient sleep pattern, there are several catalysts that can cause you to break out on the day of your wedding. Resist picking at the pimple and ice it for a few minutes to reduce the redness instead. Apply an acne cream or a mild anti-inflammatory spot treatment with salicylic acid after this, and follow it up with a waterproof concealer.
3) Your mascara smudges or gets clumpy
If your waterproof mascara hasn’t proven to be effective against the sweat and tears from your function, aim to stop it from ruining the rest of your makeup first. Start by using a small concealer brush, Q-tip or cloth dipped in a mild makeup remover to clean the rouge mascara from under the eyes. Then, take a little foundation to cover up any leftover smears. If you’re facing a clumpy situation, apply a very small amount of silicone-based makeup remover on a clean mascara wand and wiggle the brush across the base of the lashes to soften the dried mascara, and then roll up to separate the clumps.
4) You cried your makeup off
Considering you’re only expected to shed a few tears on your wedding day, it pays to have a light hydrating liquid foundation handy. We recommend using a mild micellar water and re-applying a small dab of foundation over the smeared areas to clean up the makeup mess. Blend to finish, and avoid touch-ups with compact powders, as they tend to make you look more cakey than flawless.
5) You chip or break a nail
The best way to take care of this situation is to cautiously file the fractured nail without removing the polish. We suggest doing it from underneath the nails for optimum results. If it is severely chipped, trim the nail down a bit before buffing it out, and apply a dab a similar coloured polish to cover the mishap.
6) Your lipstick smears or fades off
To cover up a smudged lipstick, lightly clean the area with a Q-tip dipped in micellar water. Then, meticulously blend a little concealer around the edges of your lips. Re-apply the lipstick if you think it’s necessary.
7) Your teeth are stained, courtesy red wine or food-colouring
Nobody wants to flash a stained smile in their wedding pictures. Just keep some tooth cleaning wipes on hand to prevent a situation like this, or rub the inside of a lemon peel on your teeth to brighten them up.
8) You OD-ed on your favourite perfume
The current perfume trends point you towards lighter fragrances that don’t overpower your senses. If you’ve spritzed on a little more than you originally intended, our advice is to use rubbing alcohol to bring the scent under control. Douse a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and swab it over the areas you applied the perfume to for a quick fix that will instantly dilute the smell. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol handy, non-scented lotions or baby wipes can help you here too.