9 Fast Fixes For Your Most Annoying Makeup Problems

You wake up late, slap on your makeup, and, right before you head out the door, glance in the mirror — realizing you've applied a little too much of, well, everything. Your makeup looks cakey, your foundation has brush streaks in it, and, to top it all off, you've OD'd on blush and bronzer, resulting in a doll-meets-Oompa-Loompa look that is anything but cute.

With no time to start from scratch, you might be tempted to panic. But we're here to tell you that there is no need to sweat it. Since we've all had the unfortunate experience of having zero time to correct a makeup blunder, we enlisted the help of professional makeup artist Ricky Wilson to give us some pointers. Read on for a few quick fixes that will erase the mistake and have you on your way in seconds.
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The Problem: Flaky Skin
Anyone who's tried to apply foundation over dry, flaky skin knows that it is a hellish experience. "It can make foundation look patchy in certain areas, so I take a bit of Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream and put it over the patch and then stipple some foundation over the top of it," says Wilson. (He also recommends mixing it into your foundation as an alternative.) The cream hydrates your skin and helps conceal the dry patch. "But stay away from buffing motions or sweeping back and forth, or you're going to lift the skin up," he says.
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The Problem: Streaky Foundation
We'll admit we've left the house with a streak (or a finger smudge) in our foundation, and it's not a pretty sight. Thankfully, this is a relatively easy problem to fix. "I'll take a little toner and spray it on a Beautyblender and bounce it over foundation to blend and melt it into the skin," Wilson says. He suggests reaching for an alcohol-free toner (we love this one from Caudalie) because it will reactivate your foundation for easy blending, but it won't take it off or make your skin feel tight and dry.
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The Problem: Too Much Foundation
Going overboard on foundation can happen quickly — and not all of us have the time or energy (or money) to take off a full face just to apply it again. Instead, Wilson suggests this tissue trick:

"I take a regular tissue and put it over half of the face," says Wilson. "Then, I take a Kabuki brush and go over the tissue in swirling motions. That way, you take off some of the foundation, but you haven't wiped it off and [your base] won't be red or uneven." Do the same with the other half of your face, and voila! You'll be left with a sheerer amount of coverage.

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The Problem: Blush or Bronzer Overload
It takes just a second to go from glow-y to clown-like with blush and bronzer. When this happens, Wilson grabs his foundation brush or a sponge and gently buffs away the excess product. "It tones it down, but you don't have to take [your blush or bronzer] off," says Wilson.

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The Problem: Powder Explosion
We all know from experience that too much powder means "cake face" — and lots of it. When this happens, Wilson grabs a clean powder brush and dusts it over the face to remove the excess. "Then I use one [spritz] of a mini facial spray all over the face, which takes away that powdery [look] and sets the makeup," he says.
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The Problem: Smudgy Eye Makeup
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: The sponge-tip applicators that come with your eyeshadow palettes are damn useful. And Wilson wholeheartedly agrees. "Sponge-tip applicators are like sitting in the emergency exit of the plane — they're for emergency use only," he says. "All you need to do is pat it on your lid to re-blend the product into place."

You can also use these versatile tools to deal with smudges on the bottom lashline. "I like to take the applicator, dip it in a tiny bit of eyeshadow, and smooth it underneath the eye." This will even things out so that your smudges look intentional.
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The Problem: Eyeshadow Fall-Out
When you're working on an intense smoky eye, chances are you're gonna get a little excess shadow under your eyes. But removing the fall-out without upsetting the rest of your makeup can be pretty challenging, so Wilson suggests grabbing a mascara spoolie to gently brush away the product. It even works with mascara. "If you accidentally get mascara on your [lid], I just let the mascara dry and then brush the spoolie over it, and it just flakes off," says Wilson.
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The Problem: Patchy Lipstick
When your lips are chapped, any lipstick you put on them tends to look uneven, especially if it's a matte formula. Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to avoid starting from scratch when this happens, but, thankfully, there are products designed specifically to remove lip colors in a flash. Once your lipstick is removed, exfoliate your lips to get rid of any dead skin. If you don't have time to whip up a sugar scrub, Wilson suggests applying a generous layer of lip balm to your lips and then lightly exfoliating them with a clean mascara spoolie.
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The Problem: Bleeding Lipstick
No matter how hard we try, our lipstick almost always tends to transfer over our lip line after a long day. Most people reach for a concealer to cover it up, which is fine if the formula is dry, but since most concealers are moisturizing, it can actually make the issue worse, Wilson says.

Instead, Wilson reaches for products like Dior's Fix It 2-In-1 Prime & Conceal. "I take it on the edge of the lips and then take my finger to blend it in so it doesn't look like a crazy outline," says Wilson. "The primer really helps to fill in lines [and perfect] the lip shape."
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