How to fix makeup messes and more at your next event or party

How to fix makeup messes and more at your next event or party
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#1 Your eyeliner is smudged

You have three options when it comes to dealing with messy eyeliner or smudges.

You can either clean up the mess with a cotton bud, a makeup erasing stick, or swipe concealer on top.

The first option involves these handy little cotton buds from Sephora that actually come pre-soaked in makeup remover, so you don't need to carry a whole pack of wipes with you.

The second option requires something like the Clean-Up Pencil from Nudestix, which will more or less erase your smudges.

The last one can be pulled off with a little concealer and applied with your fingertips or even the sponge from your cushion compact.

#2 Your bold lip colour has a messy lip line

To save yourself from too much hassle, it's always a good idea to go in with a lip pencil before you apply a bold lipstick just to define your lip line clearly and prevent the lipstick from feathering or seeping into the fine lines around your lips.

You can also lock in your lipstick with some setting powder.

Most of us skip this step on a day-to-day basis, so if you've landed yourself with a messy lip line, it's time to pull out the cotton buds, some concealer and a small blending brush.

If the situation is dire, a proper clean-up is in order.

A clean cotton bud or tissue with makeup remover might not cut it if the colour has begun to stain your skin, so you'll need to use concealer to create a clean line.

The concealer should be the same shade as your skin so you don't leave an unflattering light ring around your lips.

Apply it along your lip line and blend with a small brush.

This not only gives your lipstick a clean line but also has the added advantage of making your lips look poutier and more pronounced.

#3 Your undereye concealer has settled into your fine lines

First off, you can avoid this altogether by prepping your undereye area with a light eye cream or serum to plump up and smooth out fine lines as much as possible.

If you have dry skin under your eyes, consider mixing your concealer with a little eye serum to make it more hydrating.

But if you're out and about and notice your concealer has creased, pat the area with your ring finger to smooth out the creases and then set it with some powder - but not too much or the area will end up resembling dry crepe paper.

#4 Your foundation is looking cakey

To avoid cakey foundation in the first place, ensuring your skin is well exfoliated and moisturised is extremely important.

You should also avoid overdoing it with your foundation and only build up coverage on blemishes and discolourations, where you really need coverage the most.

If you're mid-event and notice your foundation has begun to get cakey, mist your face with a little setting spray and pat the problem areas gently with a tissue or a makeup sponge until the cakiness is gone.

Brands like Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay have really handy travel sized setting sprays you can throw in your bag for situations like that!

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