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We’ve all been there… while rushing to get your mascara on, more of it ends up on your lid than on your lashes. Or you press a little too hard with your liquid liner and it looks like you’ve been taking crazy pills. My favorite of all offenders: you’ve created a masterpiece then with a heavy hand you try a new powder and now look like your grandmother’s friend whose make-up is so thick you could scratch your name across her cheek. But fear not ladies; make-up is temporary! No need to start over from scratch. Here are my favorite tips that have rescued me throughout the years.

  • Liquid liner gone awry: (try to catch it before it fully dries if you can) dip a pointed cotton swab or q-tip into a dollop of body lotion instead of eye make-up remover (that creates too oily of a canvas for the new line to adhere to) and erase the mistake with a quick drag and wipe.
  • Kohl liner drawn thicker on one eye than the other one: I always joke to my clients that I wish they were all cyclops-es with one big eye in the middle of their foreheads!  But fortunately for us, we’re not… so we have to make sure our eye make-up is even.  If your line is thicker on one eye, decide if you want to go back and draw the other one thicker, or if you want to thin it out.  This is an easy fix by simply lightly wetting a q-tip with water, pressing out any excess water onto a tissue or towel then twirling it slightly while you drag it across the bottom part of the line.
  • For any mascara mishaps, using the slightly-wetted q-tip, press it directly on the mascara mark, swirl it 180 degrees then drag it a millimeter as you lift it off.
  • If your concealer is too heavy or cakey, dampen your fingers with water and smooth it out.
  • If your blush is too bright, dab back over it with the make-up sponge you used to apply your foundation or layer a neutral blush shade over it.
  • If you’ve over-powdered your face or it looks like your wearing a mask of make-up, spray it with a misting atomizer or dampen your hands and lightly press them all over your face for ten seconds to dilute everything.  Then with a clean sponge, smooth out any uneveness.
  • If your lipstick color is too dark, blot it with a tissue as many times as necessary to tone it down then add lip balm.  Or blot once and add a lighter color. Some of my best make-up creations have started with a mistake that I had to alter.
  • If your lip liner is too harsh, dab a little lip balm on your finger and thin it out while blending it inward (same result can be accomplished with a lip brush if handy).
  • If your brow pencil/shadow is too dark or uneven, smudge it with a q-tip or tissue.
  • If you’re Caucasian and your make-up foundation looks too pink, or if you’re African American and your make-up has a grey/ashy tone to it, correct both with a yellow shade of powder ( a great make-up secret weapon to keep in your arsenal).

I’d love to hear any tricks you’ve come up with too so please share them on our Facebook and Twitter pages!  And remember you never have to start over just because you messed up… simply dilute, correct and carry on!

XO Amy Nadine