Whether it’s overdoing it on fragrance or denting a fresh mani, even beauty pros are subject to the occasional snafu. But since they ALWAYS seem to happen at the worst possible moment (like when you’re running 10 minutes late for a meeting), we thought it was essential to find the best hacks for when time and resources are at a minimum. Keep scrolling to see how to correct the most common beauty mishaps when you have only seconds to spare.
The fix: It might seem like the only solution is to remove your foundation and start from square one, but that’s not the case—you can actually neutralize the color with a layer of translucent finishing powder.
Pictured: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($34)
The fix: Rubbing alcohol will evaporate the scent in a snap. Simply wipe some in the areas where you dabbed on the fragrance and reapply with a lighter hand.
Pictured: BD Alcohol Swabs ($3)
The fix: We know we're not supposed to, but sometimes we can’t resist trying to kill that zit. In order to prevent scarring and spreading bacteria, proper aftercare is essential: A toner with witch hazel will help dry, sanitize, and heal that spot in a flash.
Pictured: Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner With Aloe Vera ($8)
The fix: No need to start over! Just dip a Q-tip in makeup remover and refine that line.
Pictured: BareMinerals On the Spot Makeup Remover Liquid-Filled Cotton Swabs ($5)
The fix: The bad news? You’ll have to practice patience until that hair grows out again. The good news? In the meantime, this brilliant brush-on product from Cherry Blooms mimics the texture of your brows, clinging to the hair you do have for a very natural, filled-in look.
Pictured: Cherry Blooms Instant Fiber Brow ($34)
The fix: Hold a tissue over your face to act as a gentle barrier, and spray some facial mist—it'll help sop up any of the excess stuff.
Pictured: Evian Facial Water Spray ($8)
The fix: Either nab a clean mascara wand (which is always great to have on hand, by the way) or remove as much formula as you can from the brush in your regular tube. Then, run it through your lashes one last time to see if you can brush out the buildup. (Clear mascara works especially well for this, since you won’t run the risk of adding more product.)
Pictured: Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara ($5)
The fix: Who knew? Toothpaste is a go-to formula to lift unwanted color from your skin. To continue the dental theme, a toothbrush is also handy to help you really scrub at that stain.
Pictured: Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste ($5)
The fix: Soak in a bath infused with baking soda and lemon juice to lighten up the color, and use that combo as a scrub to target streaks or stains.
Pictured: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda ($7 for two)
The fix: You’ll need some of the same-color polish to repair a full-on chip, but if you just nicked the manicure, remover should do the trick—add just a tiny drop to the pad of your finger and smooth it over the bump. Seal it with a coat of clear polish.
Pictured: Cutex Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover ($3)