#firstworldproblems – Beauty Edition

We all have those “oops” moments in life. To be accurate, those **** moments often accompanied by extremely bleep-worthy, colourful language. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had plenty when it comes to my makeup. I love putting makeup on, but there have definitely been days when my hand-eye coordination has decided to take a holiday. Here are some of my favourites and how to fix them when time isn’t on your side.

  • Spider lashes

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Incy wincy spider etc etc. All you need is one extra stroke of mascara to take you from popping lashes to “Oh crap spider lashes how do I fix this”. Some of you might actually like the spider lash trend, and strive to achieve that separated, clumped effect. I’m more of a less-is-more person at heart though, so combined with my short stubby eyelashes, the spider lash trend looks pretty disastrous on me.

QUICK FIX: Put some makeup remover on a cotton pad or clean mascara wand, and work it through your eyelashes, wiggling it at the base and pulling through the lashes. Use the corner of the pad or tip of the wand to clean up the tips of your lashes. Apply some concealer to the under-eye area or simply dab with makeup remover to fix any black smudges under your eyes. If you have time to spare, just take it all off and re-apply your mascara.

  • My cat eye turned into a panda eye

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This one usually starts from attempting to do the cat eye, and realising that the flick on one eye is slightly thicker/longer/just not quite the same as the other one. You try to fix that one, and… the other flick looks too thin in comparison now. After going back and forth a few times, you look in the mirror and realise that this just isn’t going to happen.

QUICK FIX: In my experience, there is no real quick fix for this. Your best bet would be to take it all off, and reapply your eyeliner. For better control, find an eyeliner pen or gel wand with a short, flexible nib – this minimises unwanted strokes or depositing product unevenly. Practise, practise, practise. For days when you can’t afford to spend your morning fixing another beauty faux pas, stick to smudged pencil eyeliner or a dark eyeshadow instead.

  • Too much bronzer

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This one happens all too easily, especially if you’re doing your makeup in less-than-ideal lighting or if you tend to be heavy handed with powder products like I am. It’s a fine line between a healthy glow and looking like your face spent two weeks on the beach whilst your body hid indoors.

QUICK FIX: Using a clean sponge or beauty blender, remove the excess colour by dabbing, not wiping. You can do this with a clean brush too – simply dust off the excess from your face in fast outward strokes, depositing the bronzer on your arm or wrist after each stroke.

  • Unblended contour

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This one just looks like you didn’t have enough time to do your makeup this morning. Good lighting is your best friend here, and try to build product slowly rather than putting too much on at once and having to make it work somehow.

QUICK FIX: If you’re out and about and only just realising this after looking in the mirror, blend with your fingers. It’s not the most hygienic technique, but I find that the oil on your fingers does a good job of spreading the product nicely. If not, keep a kabuki brush or any fluffy powder brush in your bag – you won’t regret it.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve experienced any of these or other beauty blunders of your own, and how you fixed them! You go girl.

– J

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