Instant Fixes For Your Worst Beauty Disasters

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I liken beauty looks to puppies. No matter how often you train them, or how well-behaved they are when you're at home, there's always the possibility that they'll pee all over someone's leg get frizzy or smudgy on you.
It’s impossible to plan for every mishap. But, if beauty disasters like flaky skin or messy eyeliner happen to you on the regular, there are things you can do to make sure you're always prepared.
To get the scoop on these quick fixes, we chatted with three experts about what to do when your beauty routine goes south despite your best efforts. Like, when you get caught in the rain and your hair is expanding faster than The Blob.
Click through to read their in-case-of-emergency tips. You never know when you'll need 'em.
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Photo: Courtesy of Head & Shoulders.
Issue: You have flaky skin across your forehead and down your nose.

The Fix: "Flaky skin along the hairline, eyebrows, or at the corners of your nose is likely a condition called seborrheic dermatitis — a fancy term for inflammatory dandruff," says Melanie Palm, MD, the founding director of Art of Skin MD. "Just as the scalp can get irritated, red, and flaky, so can these areas of the face."

Dr. Palm suggests using an anti-dandruff shampoo as face wash on the affected zones. "The active ingredients of shampoos, like zinc pyrithione in Head & Shoulders, combat the yeast on your face that leads to seborrheic dermatitis," she says. She adds that it's a good idea to make an appointment with your derm, as there are prescription-strength medications and washes you can use for this condition.

Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, $5.79, available at Head & Shoulders.
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Issue: Your hair elastic snapped, and now you're left with a crazy dent.

The Fix: If you have a flat iron available, hairstylist Christian Marc suggests using it to remove the kink from your hair. If you're sans heat-styling tools, Marc says a touch of water on the affected area will also cause the dent to relax.

Harry Josh Pro Tools Ceramic Styling Iron, $250, available at Hair Envy.
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Issue: You applied way too much bronzer, and now you look like a #selfie fail.

The Fix: The easiest thing to do: Cover it up! "Put a small amount of foundation or concealer onto a dampened sponge, and lightly go over the areas that you want to tone down," says makeup artist Roxy. "I love using a sponge for this, because it creates a softer, more natural look and eliminates the risk of looking cakey." And, next time, go a lot lighter on the contouring.

Ulta Super Blender Sponge, $4.99, available at Ulta.
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Issue: You got a little overzealous with the mattifying powder.

The Fix: Instead of wiping everything off and starting from scratch, Roxy suggests faking the moisture back into your skin in a gentler way. "Take a moisture mist and lightly spray it over your skin," she says. "This will relax the powder into your skin and can help to bring back a breathable finish to your complexion."

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18, available at Sephora.
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Issue: That new product you picked up at the drugstore turned your skin against you, and now your face is freaking out.

The Fix: First things first: Toss the bottle, and stop exfoliating until your skin calms down. Then, Dr. Palm says, "apply a 1% hydrocortisone over-the-counter cream two to three times a day to the affected area." As your skin begins to heal, it may become very dry, so be sure to slather on a heavy-duty moisturizer (one that you know your skin can tolerate).

Dr. Palm also suggests swapping your regular cleanser for something gentler — like Cetaphil. And, if your skin doesn't clear up in a timely manner, book that derm appointment.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $11.49, available at
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Issue: In an attempt to even out your cat-eye, you accidentally overdid it.

The Fix: Don't reach for an oily makeup remover, like you may want to. Instead, Roxy suggests using the point of a Q-tip to rub some eye cream in the unwanted-liner area. "This will help you avoid your eye makeup becoming too smudged or runny," Roxy says.

Still unhappy with the results? "I would take a small eyeshadow brush and smudge the liner to create a subtle smoky eye," Roxy says. Just like that, you went from ridiculous to rad.

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, $40, available at Sephora.
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Issue: You woke up with one of those huge, painful zits that are right under the skin's surface.

The Fix: Dr. Palm suggests a cocktail of hydrocortisone cream (an anti-inflammatory) and benzoyl peroxide cream (to fight the zit).

But, there's also a fix hiding right in your pantry. "Consider a warm compress of green tea," Dr. Palm says. "Green tea releases catechins, [which are] antioxidants that reduce inflammation. The warmth also increases circulation to the area of the blemish to allow it to heal more quickly."

Kusmi Tea Gunpowder Green Tea, $16.95 for a box of 20, available at Kusmi.
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Issue: You spritzed on ALL the hairspray, and now your strands are too stiff.

The Fix: According to Marc, a water-based styling cream will help break up the excess alcohol in the hairspray, causing your hair to soften. Look for something that also has strong hold, so you can get the same benefits.

Bumble and bumble Sumotech, $28, available at Sephora.
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Issue: You started crying during a sappy movie, and now your mascara is everywhere.

The Fix: "Your best bet to fix a mess of mascara is to use some kind of lotion and wipe it down," Roxy says. Don't have a lotion handy? "Even Chapstick would work, because the oils in it will gently remove the mascara from your eye area without irritation."

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 35, $8.79, available at Target.
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Issue: You didn't check your weather app and got stuck in the rain, and now your frizz is out full-force.

The Fix: Marc suggests working with the waves that are already starting to form in your hair. "Apply some water-based, anti-frizz leave-in conditioner, or a styling cream, and comb it through your hair," he says. This will help redefine the curls or waves while reducing frizz.

Living Proof Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, $24, available at Living Proof.
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Issue: You overplucked.

The Fix: Honey, we've all been there. But, there's an easy fix. "Filling in your brows with a powder or pencil is your best bet to create a full brow," Roxy says. "I love to use Tarte's powder with a small, angled brush, because it deposits natural-looking pigments and has all-day-and-night staying power." If you end up applying too much pigment, use a spoolie brush to even out the color.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Volumizing Brow & Hair Powder, $25, available at Sephora.
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Issue: Your adorable beanie keeps your ears warm — but turns your hair into static city.

The Fix: You can prevent or fix this problem with the same product. "Use a bit of silicone-based product," Marc says. "It naturally prevents static hair." If you're concerned about putting silicone in your hair with regularity, reach for a clarifying shampoo to avoid buildup.

Moroccanoil Treatment Light, $14.80, available at Nordstrom.
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Issue: You left your lipstick at home, and now it's starting to fade.

The Fix: Sorry, kids, but the best solution is to just take it off. "Damp a warm napkin — cloth, if possible — and wipe in circular motions," Roxy says. "This gently removes the remainder of the lipstick, while exfoliating your lips to plump them and bringing out the best natural color."

Follow with a moisturizing balm. "A hydrated, healthy pout is always the perfect accessory to your makeup look," she says.

Medicine Mama Bee Magic Wand, $12.99, available at Medicine Mama's Apothecary.
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