By: Leeor Pilo
Of course you want to look your best on your wedding day, and a beauty mishap like a broken heel, a stain on your dress, or dare we say a pimple on your face is an absolute nightmare to deal with on any day let alone the biggest day of your life! Although we’re crossing our fingers that you’ll never have to deal with any of these beauty blunders, here’s a list of quick fixes to keep you armed and ready:
Broken Heel - The dreaded broken heel — not only is this mishap embarrassing but also can be pretty painful too! The first step to solving this mishap is avoiding it. Always have a spare pair of shoes on hand just in case. If you don’t have another pair, consider investing in Shoe Goo. It’s about $6.00 and will repair your heel within an hour.
Stains - Another item to pack on the day of: stain removal sticks! If those aren’t handy, baby powder and rubbing alcohol are great for removing red wine and oil stains. Dab, never wipe, and make sure you soak up as much of the stain as possible first; then dab with a white towel soaked in hot water and cover with baby powder.
Skin Breakout - Over-the-counter salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide won’t do the trick this late in the game. They’ll just dry the blemish out and make it harder to cover up. Instead, press a hot damp towel against the blemish to reduce any swelling and take ibuprofen to reduce redness and inflammation. (Just be careful on the dosage if you’re drinking!) When it comes time for makeup, ask your makeup artist for concealer that’s just a shade lighter than your skin. They’re professionals, they’ll take it from there.
Fallen Updo - You strutted your stuff on the dance floor and now your hair is all bent out of shape? If it’s just a few pieces, have your bridal party pin it back together with a few bobby pins. If your once beautiful chignon has morphed into a bird’s nest, shake your hair out, finger comb with just a pea-sized amount of conditioner (less for finer hair) and twist hair into a side ponytail or braid. Pin a flower behind your ear for good measure. Another option for the crafty bride, cut the toes off a sock and roll it into a donut shape. Ta-da! A DIY hair donut! Tie your hair up in a high ponytail and have your bridal party pin sections of your hair around the sock to create a sleek and chic ballerina bun.
Orange Sunless Glow - If you overdo it on the spray tan, and you wake up looking more like an Oompa-Loompa than a bride-to-be, soak in hot water infused with lemon to open your pores and loosen your skin. The natural citric acid found in lemon does wonders with removing pigment. If you don’t have time for a bath (it is your wedding day after all) a hot shower will do. Exfoliate with a loofah in circular motions as moving up and down can cause streaks. Thankfully, sunless tan removers are now sold at most local retailers. For the stubbornest of tans, consider investing in a bottle to really do the trick.