No one said being a social butterfly was easy. With all of the party hopping you’re doing this season, you’re bound to run into a few bumps in the road. Luckily we have experience dealing with all those inevitable last-minute winter beauty emergencies. Wear weather-appropriate footwear, drink one glass of water for every cocktail you consume and remember these beauty fixes to have a worry-free evening come New Year’s Eve.
The Emergency: You arrive to a party and realise you forgot to apply deodorant
When someone is rushing you out of the house, certain tasks are bound to get overlooked. If you arrive to the party, remove your coat, and realise you forgot to add that trusty swipe of deodorant, reach for the nearest dollop of hand sanitiser. The alcohol kills odour-causing bacteria and will leave you feeling at least slightly fresher.
The Emergency: You chipped your nail polish en route to the festivities
During the holiday season, it’s always a good idea to stash a glitter topcoat in your handbag. One swipe will disguise any unexpected chips in your nail polish. And it still works to seal a run in your tights (just get a glitter chunk-free dip) or glue down a loose stone in your cocktail ring. It’s the ultimate multitasker.
The Emergency: Your Dress Is Clinging to You Like Never Before
So you found the perfect party dress. There’s only one little problem: The static-cling situation is out of control. A spritz of hair spray in the areas that are sticking to you will get rid of that static cling.
The Emergency: Your winter hat has totally squashed your 'do
The quickest fix to revive flattened hair is to switch your part. Flip your head over, give it a little shake and then flip it back to the opposite side. If you plan ahead and style your hair on the opposite side you usually do, you can outsmart hat hair altogether. If, however, your issue is static-ridden hair, make a beeline for the laundry room and swipe a dryer sheet. One pass over your strands will take down static, and you won’t have to resort to dousing your hairstyle with water. Or try Ouai’s Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets (£20).
The Emergency: You have a jagged nail, and it’s snagging everything
When you find yourself without a nail file and with an unintentional weapon on one finger, all you need to do is find a book of matches. The striking side serves as a makeshift nail file, so you can smooth out the jagged edge and go back to mingling without fear of tearing someone’s cocktail attire.
Have you experienced any of these emergencies? How did you deal?