Too much of a good thing is, well, too much, especially when it comes to beauty products. After all, nothing detracts from an otherwise flawless makeup look like an overzealous bronzer application. For the occasions when your makeup ends up a bit heavy-handed, remember these easy fixes.
When your face makeup ends up looking mask-like, your first line of defense is a one-ply tissue. Lightly run it over your face, and give areas like your hairline, jawline, nose, and chin a second pass if needed. For really serious situations, you can also pat on a light layer of moisturizer over your makeup to thin out the coverage.
If the problem is pigmented, you need something stronger than a tissue. Squeeze some tinted moisturizer on a makeup sponge, and start dabbing. You’ll buff out the color without getting rid of it completely. Just be sure to use a pressing motion to lift the color—a wiping motion will disrupt the rest of your makeup.
Applying eyeliner is a constant battle for control between you and the pencil. And sometimes the pencil wins. When this happens, you have two options (both involve cotton swabs). Option one: Embrace it. Use a cotton swab to smudge it out and pretend like that’s the look you were going for all along. Option two: Erase it with primer. Dampen the end of a cotton swab with primer and clean it up in fluid motions. You should be able to get two clean swipes out of each swab, but move on to a fresh one after that to avoid making an even bigger mess. The primer will remove your liner without taking the rest of your makeup with it. No primer on hand? Concealer is the next best option.
To soak up an overexcited dose of hair oil, use a paper towel as if it’s one giant oil blotter for your hair. Then follow with dry shampoo or baby powder to absorb any remaining traces of oil. When all else fails, try putting your hair up in a ponytail.
To attack a few select streaks, cut a lemon in half and rub it over the area for a few minutes.Then buff that spot with a damp washcloth sprinkled with baking soda and rinse. If your tan is just too much all over, hop in a warm bath and do some serious scrubbing. Post-exfoliation, smooth on a generous layer of body oil and let it sit for about 10 minutes before toweling off. Exfoliation sloughs off a bit of the color, while the oil loosens and lifts more of the pigment. The results won’t be drastic, but any little bit counts when your skin looks orange.
Short of showering, there’s only one thing that can undo a liberal perfume spritz, and that’s rubbing alcohol. Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub it over all of the spots you sprayed. It may smell strongly at first, but the alcohol scent will dissipate quickly.
What do you tend to over do and how do you fix it?