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!”