Makeup Artist Edition: Beauty Quick Fixes

Even pros have been known to draw a less than perfect line or pile on a wee bit too much pigment. The difference is, they know how to quickly rectify any beauty mishap so that no one is the wiser. And now, with the help of makeup artist Stefanie Syat, you’ll be able to do the same.

Snafu: Ack! Too Much Blush!

Solution: “Use a clean powder brush to make circles around the cheek area, diffusing the color into the skin. Just don’t use your fingers—the natural oils in your skin will cause a blotchy mess!” Syat also recommends using a translucent highlighting powder like Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Natural Lighting Powder to dilute the pigment.

Snafu: Smeary Mascara and Eyeliner

Solution: “If you are wearing eyeshadow, make sure to use a dry Q-Tip to get rid of the smudge,” says Syat. Beauty Fixation’s makeup remover-filled swabs are a simple way to clean up any messes. If all else fails, Syat says, “I like using my pinky finger to make the smudge look like winged out liner.”

Snafu: Makeup Is Melting In the Heat

Solution: Before applying makeup,Syat preps skin with a oil-fighting primer like Benefit’s POREfessional. “I also like setting mists—they’re like hairspray for makeup,” she says. “And always carry blotting papers. In a pinch, you can use a toilet cover (clean, of course!) to gently whisk shine away.”

Snafu: One Too Many Perfume Spritzes

Solution: To quickly neutralize an overly strong scent, Syat says, “Dip a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the area where you over-spritzed.” We also like rollerballs like Lucy B.’s Pink Frangipani, which allow for precise application.

Snafu: Streaky Self-Tanner

Solution: “Exfoliate the uneven areas with a gritty body scrub—something with sugar or sea salt in it.” After, apply a tinted body moisturizer like Miracle Skin Transformer Body or a light bronzing gel. No one will know the difference!”

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