If you've ever dropped your compact in a nightclub bathroom, chipped your nail polish on your way to a job interview or had to scurry off to an important meeting sans dry shampoo, welcome to the club. And because these instances occur slightly more frequently than we would like to admit, today we're bringing you three of our favourite quick beauty fixes:
1. Resurrect a smashed compact
- a spatula
- 70% alcohol (we used isocol, available from your local pharmacy)
Wrap the gladwrap over the broken compact and go to town with the spatula, smashing up the makeup inside into pieces as small as possible. You want it to look like loose powder rather than your typical compact.
Add around 10 drops of the alcohol (go slowly!) and smooth over the makeup with the spatula. The powder will become spong-y and pliable enough to flatten back out into compact form!
Try: Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish compact is available online or at Shop G.18 Q&A Corner Queen & Albert Streets | Brisbane
(Thanks to The Beauty Department for this handy helper)
2. Salvage a torn fingernail
- a teabag
- a nail file
- base coat and nail polish colour of your choice
Cut a tiny piece of the teabag (enough to cover the whole tear in the nail) and glue on to the nail (preferably using nail glue but you can raid the work stationary cupboard in a pinch). After the glue has dried, smooth over the nail with the file and paint as you normally would.
Try: Hello Darling in Boss Lady - a metallic burgundy minus the big 3 nasties usually found in nail polish. Available online.
(Check out Real Simple's 10 beauty shortcuts for more)
3. Make do without dry shampoo (temporarily!)
So maybe this tip won't work if you're on a time crunch (or outside of the kitchen) but if the shops aren't open you can whip up homemade dry shampoo with:
- 2 tbsp cornmeal / cornstarch
- a dash of baby powder
- a drop or two of lemon oil
Blot your hair with the mixture. An extra hot tip? Even if you do have dry shampoo on hand, the trick is to pat it in to your head, not brush it through to prevent it looking powdery.
Try: Clean Dry Shampoo is available from Mecca Cosmetica, Shop 2, 19 James Street | Fortitude Valley
(images from We Heart It)
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