We’ve all been there. You have a major event coming up and you’ve got the perfect dress, shoes and nail polish. You’ve also planned out exactly how you are going to wear your hair and makeup, down to the exact shade of lip gloss. You imagine yourself walking into the event, looking radiant and commanding the attention of everyone in the room. Unfortunately, your hair or skin may not want to cooperate…Whether it’s a pimple or split ends, it’s really hard to control little “surprises” like these. But what you can do is use our Quick Fix Guide to ensure that you are prepared for any sudden beauty snags.
- A monster zit that pops up: Stress about a big event can make pimples appear almost overnight. If you’re prone to getting pimples, we recommend using a cleanser with salicylic acid, like SkinMedica Purifying Foaming Wash, to keep your skin clear. If the pimple is raised and red, try wrapping an ice cube in a thin towel and applying it to the pimple for a few minutes. This will get rid of any redness and take down some of the swelling. You can also use a spot treatment like Clinician’s Complex Acne Drying Lotion to dry that pimple right up.
- Frizzy, dry, split ends that refuse to be tamed: Frizzy split ends can ruin the best hairstyle and make your whole look seem lackluster. To keep frizzy ends at bay, use a glossing serum like Sachajuan Shine Serum before blowdrying with a round brush to smooth the ends. Apply a little Philip B Creme of the Crop “Lite” Hair Finishing Creme, concentrating on the ends, to make sure your hair stays smooth and glossy all day and night long.
- Rough, bumpy skin that doesn’t want to be revealed: If you’re going to be showing some skin, it needs to be glowing! Rough bumps on the upper arms or thighs are pretty common, but that doesn’t mean you have to let them stop you from wearing that dress. Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub contains smooth granules and glycolic acid for a double-dose of skin-smoothing goodness; follow it up with Murad Body Firming Cream to firm up your skin by 40% before you’re even ready to leave the house. For even more confidence in your LBD, try Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad Body Sachettes to give your skin a gorgeous, sun kissed tint.
- Dry, rough hands that want to hide: Bliss Glamour Gloves are the cheater’s way to getting baby soft hands overnight. Slip them on before bed and let the gel lining hydrate and soften your hands while you sleep. A quick application of Eve Lom’s hand cream full of coconut oil and shea butter will have people begging to shake your hands!