Despite the best-laid plans; you’re bound to run into an occasional beauty crisis. Here are some immediate beauty prescriptions to get you through those tough moments.
Dilemma: You had a bad night’s sleep.
Caroline’s Tip: Focus on lightening any shadowy areas and add subtle touches of brightness to your complexion and lips. Start by blending concealer over dark areas, especially under the eyes and in the folds around your mouth. Don’t make an arc under your eyes; dab it only and exactly where needed. Add a pop of rosy blush to your cheeks and slip on a slightly brighter, translucent lip colour. I also like a light dusting of bronzing powder. Mascara does wonders for opening the eyes, creating the illusion of a wide-awake face.
Dilemma: It’s the morning after a late-night dinner or party.
Caroline’s Tip: First, moisturise your skin because you’re probably a bit dehydrated. You probably look tired, too. Tempting as it is, don’t overcompensate with makeup, because it will only point to what you’re trying to hide. If you have dark circles, reach for the concealer and apply directly on the shadows. Add some bronzer or blush to perk up your sallow complexion and consider some sheer lip colour.
Dilemma: You woke up to a big fat, pink blemish.
Caroline’s Tip: Don’t pick at it. Just forget that idea. Instead put on a drying lotion, for example Clinique drying lotion, and be sure to use a cotton swab, and apply the treatment only on the pimple itself. Let the treatment dry. Then take your concealer and apply it with a brush, right on the top of the spot. Work it around in a one-centimetre-wide radius, then take a cotton swab and buff away the edges. Set with a touch of powder. Now comes the hardest part: just forget about it. Really, a pimple is just not worth ruining your day.
Dilemma: It’s been a long, tough day, yet you still have two meetings ahead of you.
Caroline’s Tip: Take five minutes and refresh yourself. Step into the washroom and blot down what’s left of your makeup. Cup your hands and splash cool water on your face. Pat dry. Take out your emergency kit and start to patch up for round two. Apply foundation or powder, a touch of blush, add foundation to the lips to allow a fresh lipstick application, and reapply a dressier colour, one with a touch of depth or shimmer…It will give you that pick- me-up. Repowder over eye make-up, it will even it all out and erase the day’s smudges. Now you’re ready for the rest of what today brings!