Beauty Emergency

For all your beauty advice…

We’ve all had moments, usually before a big event, where something goes wrong with our appearance. The wrong shade of lipstick isn’t such a big deal, just take it off and put a different shade on. I’m talking about the beauty emergencies that can not only put us into a panic, but can make us rethink going out in public at all! I’ve had a few people write in and ask questions about how to fix certain situations and I chose the top two most popular ones that were sent to me.

Beauty Emergency #1: You’ve over-tweezed or over-waxed your brows. Ok, this one is cause for panic! I’ve done this one to myself. I can remember just about an hour before heading out to a party, I thought I needed to wax my brows. I figured it would be easy, after all, I’ve done this for a long time a quick brow wax will be just fine. Ha! Because I was in a hurry, I kept trying to even up both sides and I finally gave up when my left brow was almost gone. And, of course, I didn’t have a brow pencil to fill in the  blanks I had just created. So, when you are going to tweeze or wax, make sure you have plenty of time and patience. But, in the event that you do over-do it, here’s what you can do to fix it. If you have an eyebrow kit, you’re in luck! Most of these come with stencils and the products you need to fill in your brows. Just hold the stencil up to where your brows should be, and color in with the brow gel provided in the kit. Set with powder and you’re good to go. If you don’t have a kit, but you have the brow pencil, just fill in the missing brows with feathery strokes and again, set with powder. Don’t have either of those things? Yeah, neither did I. Find an eyeshadow that matches your brow shade, or mix together a few shadows to match and you can fill in with that. Use an eyeshadow brush or Q-tip to apply the shadow and set with powder. What did I do to fix my problem plucking? All I can say is, thank God I had bangs at the time! They were on the long side because I was trying to grow them out, but I happily styled them as normal bangs and just dealt with them getting in my eyes all night. Now, I just tweeze a stray hair or two when I see them and leave the waxing up to someone else. Just because I can wax my brows, doesn’t mean I want to anymore…not after that!

Beauty Emergency #2: You’ve applied self-tanner and it’s too orange or it’s streaked. Yup, been there with this one, too. First of all, let me just say that at least you’re using self tanner and not damaging your skin by using a tanning bed. A couple of things to remember when using self tanner: Most important, a few days before you know you’re going to be using it, make sure you exfoliate and moisturize the areas you are going to be tanning. Exfoliating the skin provides an even surface for the product to adhere, and look even. Also, remember that the elbows and knees are spots that are naturally darker, so ease up on the product when going around these areas. If it’s just a few spots that have streaked, make a paste with lemon juice and baking soda and apply the mixture to a wash cloth and gently scrub the areas. The lemon juice is a natural skin lightener and the baking soda will gently exfoliate the area. This can be used on your face as well. If the tanning lotion has turned your finger nails and hands brown from the application, use the baking soda and lemon juice mixture on a nail brush and scrub away the color. Someone told me that whitening toothpaste will work on your finger nails to bleach away the color from the tanner. Hmmm…haven’t tried that, but good to know it’s an option.

So, the next time you’re faced with one of these situations, there are a few tips to help ease your panic and fix the problem.  

Have a Beauty Emergency? Tell me what it is and I’ll find a solution! Also, email me your questions for Q&A Monday at

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2 thoughts on “Beauty Emergency

  1. Kim

    I had a beauty emergency this morning!
    I have naturally curly hair, so when I’m in a hurry I know that I can throw in some mousse, do a quick blow dry and I’m out the door.
    So this morning after my shower, I go to my can of mousse, and nothing comes out. I know it’s not empty b/c it’s almost new. But the thing wouldn’t budge, I got nothing. So now what am I going to do with a half can of mousse that I can’t use? Not only that, but I had to go to work with a frizzed out do. I really wanted to crawl back in bed.

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