Beauty

Gray Roots? Puffy Face? We’ve Got Fixes for 7 Common Beauty Problems

From gray roots to overtweezed brows, you can reverse any last minute beauty ‘oops’ in an instant with these pro-approved tricks.

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Just because we’re stuck indoors, doesn’t mean we aren’t faced with our usual beauty blunders. Over-plucked eyebrows anyone? But luckily, there are some easy ways to fix the most common woes from frizzy hair to pesky pimples.

Problem: My face looks puffy.

Fix: Sweep a bronzer two shades darker than your skin (like Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, $16, Ulta.com) onto the sides of the face in a “3” motion, starting at the temples, going in along cheekbones and down around the jawline. This creates a contouring shadow that chisels cheekbones and defines the jaw to erase 10 pounds from the face.

Problem: My roots are flat and gray!

Fix: “Dust a matte eye shadow similar to your hair’s hue onto grays along the part; set with hairspray,” advises celebrity hairstylist Kendall Dorsey. “The fine powder blends easily with hair to mask grays and helps plump up the hairline for added volume.”

Problem: My hair is a frizzy mess!

Fix: Dorsey’s solution: Rub a small amount of lip balm onto fingertips, then pat onto errant hairs. “The waxy balm lightly weighs down and smooths flyaway strands while forming a barrier on hair’s cuticles to keep out the strand-swelling elements that lead to frizz.”

Problem: I have a pimple.

Fix: Soak a cotton ball with Visine, then hold it on any blemishes for one minute. The same anti-inflammatory compounds in the drops that reduce redness in the eyes calm irritation on the skin, so a pimple is less noticeable.

Problem: I overplucked my eyebrows.

Fix: Try the two-step trick makeup artist David Maderich relies on for his celebrity clients: First, rub a spoolie brush against a bar of soap, then sweep it onto brows in upward and outward motions. Next, fill them in with a brow pencil. Says Maderich, “The soap bulks up individual hairs to thicken the thinnest of brows while the pencil’s color conceals any sparse spots-stat.” brow pencil. Says Maderich, “The soap bulks individual hairs to thicken the thinnest of brows while the

Problem: I spritzed on too much perfume.

Fix: Saturate a cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and dab onto skin in overly fragranced spots, suggests Maderich. “As the alcohol dries, it evaporates some of the oils in the perfume, helping to dilute the scent.”

This story originally appeared in our print magazine.

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