We’ve all been there when you glance in the mirror hoping to preen, but instead discover you’re in a middle of a make-up crisis. When catastrophe strikes, you need a trusty selection of SOS tools at your disposal to help you neutralise the beauty threat ASAP. Preparation is key, so don’t wait until you face a make-up meltdown before you assemble your saviour product bag. Here are our suggestions to restore you to your perfectly made up best.
Crisis #1 My eye make-up is all over my face!
Smoky eyes might be on trend, but smudged mascara, out of place eye liner and eyeshadow that’s travelled halfway down your check is not cool. Unfortunately for us ‘dance all night’ kind of girls, a combination of sweat and crowded clubs can be brutal. Praise be for Amirose Eye Makeup Remover & Corrector Cotton Buds, a nifty invention that can be deployed on the go. These soothing liquid-filled buds contain Aloe-Vera to sooth, and vitamin E for anti-ageing. At £2.99 a pack, they are the right price too.
Crisis #2 Help, my face is shiny with oil
When you’ve spent the first hour of your morning creating a perfect base of primer, concealer and foundation, an afternoon outbreak of oil is infuriating. But don’t wrestle with make-up wipes and doing the whole lot again, just get blotting. There are plenty of choices, but we like Clean & Clear’s oil absorbing sheets because they soak up excess oil, remove shine and don’t smudge your make up. Don’t leave home without them.
Crisis #3 My lips are dry and cracked
Dry skin is no fun at the best of times, but there’s something particularly gross about having cracked lips. Not only does it ruin your lipstick game, but you keep wanting to bite the excess skin and after you do that, you remember how much it hurts. Ow! Get yourself to Boots and find out why Nuxe Reve de Miel’s lip balm with honey is winning rave reviews. It costs a little more than some lip balms at £9.50, but has been hailed as the perfect product – soothing chapped lips, nourishing the skin and giving you the smoothest lips ever. All that and it smells divine.
Crisis #4 The dark circles under my eyes are out of control
Whether your dark circles are down to genetics, or a few too many late nights, they are bound to bother you throughout your day. A good concealer can only take you so far, especially if you’re aiming to look fresh into the evening. There’s a good reason why Yves Saint Laurent’s classic product Touche Éclat remains a favourite, and that’s because it can refresh your look fast. Simply dab under your eyes and blend with your fingers to get that radiant glow, and while you’re there, work some into your cheek bones to add the ultimate highlight. Now you’re looking fine!
Crisis #5 I’ve been invited on a spontaneous night out!
Don’t you just love a cheeky night out when you weren’t expecting it? Whether it’s cocktails with the girls, or a date with that hot guy in the office, you’ll want to be evening ready in a flash. It’s here where Charlotte Tilbury has you covered with her awesome Instant Look palettes. There are a few to choose from, but we think you can’t go wrong with the Seductive Beauty selection. Once you’ve spent ten minutes at your desk with this bad boy, you’ll only need to add lippy and mascara to be ready to party. What are you waiting for?