Fix-It Beauty: Your Beauty Emergencies, Our Answers

By Erin Donnelly

unhappy woman holding out her bad blonde hairIn a perfect world, you’d look like a supermodel 24/7. In reality, a million obstacles are coming in between you and beauty perfection. Maybe you thought your raven tresses would look better blonde…only they don’t. Or perhaps it looks like someone took a lawnmower to your eyebrows. And, wouldn’t you know it, a red pimple the size of Mars has sprouted on your chin—just in time for this weekend’s hot date. You could throw a bag over your head and cry into your pillowcase. Or, just read on and tackle these beauty emergencies head on. (Hint: You won’t get any prettier doing the former.)

The SNAFU: The dye job from hell.

The Fix: You could throw on a hat and grab a box of hair dye from your nearest drugstore, but, let’s face it, that’s probably what got you into this mess in the first place. When it comes to matter of color, it really is worth your while to pay a visit to a color correction pro at a salon. Yes, it’s pricey, but your hair will be healthier in the long run and the color will be truer to your desired result. Keep in mind that some at-home hair color kits contain metals that stain your hair, which is why it’s better to let the pros try to fix the issue rather than tacking on more staining color.

The SNAFU: Skimpy, over-plucked eyebrows.

The Fix: Did somebody get a little too Tweezer-happy? Unless you’re going as Jean Harlow for Halloween, you’ll want to thicken those anorexic arches up stat.   Fill in your brows with the I.T. Brow Filler Brush.

The SNAFU: Self-tanner gone streaky.

The Fix: If your faux glow is revealing some tell-tale streaks, there are a few tricks you can try to even things out. First, hop in the shower, assuming your self-tanner has had at least a couple of hours to set. Some of the color will wash off and look less harsh. If you’re still sporting orange splotches, rub baby oil over the area and use an exfoliating body scrub or washcloth to slough away the intense color.  St. Tropez’s Self-Tan Remover will help undo the damage. Next time, thoroughly exfoliate and moisturize skin before you apply self-tanner.

woman looking at a zit pimple on her face in a mirrorThe SNAFU: A Rudolph-on-steroids zit.

The Fix: Isn’t technology grand? High-tech, heat-emitting, zit-zapping treatments like the Zeno Pro Acne Clearing Device will help you put the kibosh on pimples in no time. If you’re wary of futuristic gadgets, try Sampar’s Prodigal Pen, a handy roller-ball wand that uses natural oils to dry out inflamed blemishes.

The SNAFU: Well-done, sunburned skin.

The Fix: Soothe your aching, beet-red skin and protect against peeling and other sun damage by slathering Clinique’s cool After-Sun Rescue balm on your baked bod. Products that contain aloe vera will also help heal skin. And start wearing sunscreen, won’t ya?

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