Top 5 Beauty Fixes

published November 15, 2012

Beauty FixesIn a pinch, a girl has to be resourceful when it comes to beauty. Here are our top five beauty fixes and DIY style tricks.

#1) Wipe out bad hair

When oily locks creep up and the nearest bottle of dry shampoo is miles away, simply grab a wet wipe, you know the kind that you get in individual paper packets, and run the wipe over bangs as well as oily patches that frame the face. The alcohol in the wipe will dry up oil helping your hair 'do survive another few hours on the go.

#2) Powder your nose

If you find yourself shining on-the-go with no face powder in sight, step into the nearest ladies room to divert your beauty disaster. Paper toilet seat covers work nearly as effectively as the blotting papers often sold in the cosmetic aisle to eradicate shine. No toilet seat covers available? In a pinch, use a piece of toilet paper to absorb excess oil. A tip: always use the side of the paper facing down to avoid germs.

#3) Put a sock in it

There's a simple way to create an easy updo, be it at home or on the go. You probably don't travel with an extra sock, but you may want to after you read this tip. To create a chic, voluminous bun, snip the toe end off a sock that is a similar color to your locks (the thicker the sock, the larger the final bun will be). Next, put hair in a ponytail using a hair tie. Take the sock and roll it up into a donut shape and put the "sock donut" over the hair tie that is securing your ponytail. Roll the sock down the length of your ponytail towards your head, wrapping your hair around the sock as you get closer to the hair tie.  Once done, tuck extra ends, secure with a bobby pin and you've created a thick, gorgeous bun. (Head over to Carolyn's blog, Glamour, Every Day to see this tip in action.)

#4) Nail new trends

Gradating manis, one glitter covered nail, reverse French manicures -- all this ingenuity can be exhausting, not to mention expensive.

Create your own cutting edge mani with a few items you probably have at home. Grab a rubber band and use it as a guide to create the two toned look of French manicures, classic or reverse. Use paper reinforcements to create half moon manicures; cut a little slit in the reinforcements to help them lay flat and be sure to let coats of polish dry completely between steps.  You've probably already spotted manicures that look like nails covered in caviar; get the look at home with sprinkles. Yes, sprinkles. Apply your polish of choice and while nails are still slick, use sprinkles from the pantry to create a cool textured finish (you can do this even on just one nail on each hand for contrast.) Apply a top coat, let dry and you've mastered a delicious new mani.

#5) Back to basics

Ever found yourself out and about when your earring suddenly plunges from your lobe to certain death? While  the back may be nowhere in sight, there's no need to panic. Simply grab a classic pencil with an eraser. Then, snap off the eraser and use it as an impromptu backing for your earring. Accessory disaster averted.

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