Most beauty products are about enhancing what you have, putting the focus on your best traits. But mistakes happen – one of my biggest was with a pair of tweezers when I was in my early 20s. I would time-travel back to take those tweezers out of my hand if I could. Totally. *sigh* So, today on The Marilyn Denis Show, from whoopsie makeup moves and overdosing on hair serum to hair colour screw-ups and making up for Mother Nature's sense of humour, eight beauty-rescue items that might come in handy.
Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks, $5.99 What if maybe you're in a cab, and the cab hits a bump in the road and yikes! you end up with a black smudge somewhere it shouldn't be? This fine-tipped makeup swab fixes the problem without messing up the rest of your makeup. Hold the swab with the tiny purple stripe at the top; snap the tip and let the liquid slide down to the bottom swab. In a couple of seconds it's ready to dab against whatever you want to remove. At drugstores.
Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Color Pens (available in Light and Medium), $27 and Urban Decay Urbanbrow Precision-Tip Brow Tint (available in Universal Blonde and Universal Brown), $24 Overtweezed your brows once? Or has Mother Nature decided you should have the palest blonde brows in the world? #bitch These two brow pens are amazing for filling in and defining brows. They're sheer, so they deposit just a little natural-looking colour at a time -- don't worry, you won't look like you used a Sharpie. And the colour stays put. These are my newest obsession. Love. At Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and Sephora.
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Liner in Clear, $7.99 If you have to deal with lip colour feathering up past your lip line, this is the lip liner you need to make. it. stop. Obviously you can wear it with any lipstick or gloss; just line the very edge of your lips, then apply colour without going past the invisible line. This one's become a staple in my bag. At drugstores.
Quo Nail Polish Corrector Pen, $8 Bold colours are so much fun on nails, but a neat application can be a challenge for some. Bright or dark shades make any uneven edges or colour on your cuticles stand out. Rather than fuss with cotton, an orange stick and remover, grab a nail polish remover pen for precision clean-up around nails without messing up your polish. At Shoppers Drug Mart.
Batiste Dry Shampoo, $8.99 isn't just a way to refresh your hair on days when you miss a wash day. If you've accidentally put too much anti-frizz serum in your hair, dry shampoo can help absorb excess product. Spray at the roots, let it sit for a minute, brush out and go. At drugstores.
L'Oreal Paris Colorist Secrets Haircolour Remover, $13.99 Uh oh -- got surprise results from your DIY dye session? This hair colour remover is designed to remove artificial permanent colour so that you can re-do your dye job. Best to spend some time on the phone with the L'OrÃ©al hotline experts for tips, and google for more reviews before you start. If you're careful when you use it, and don't get it on natural hair, you should have good results. At drugstores and mass retailers.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Mousse, $12.99 One of the things blondes sometimes have to watch out for is brassiness -- when their pretty blonde colour starts to look orange.Â Shampoos and conditioners with a hint of violet tone down the orange to make blonde hair bright again; this is a volumizing mousse with that same brightening power. Use as needed. At drugstores.
Clairol Natural Instincts Brass Free $11.49 is also about counteracting orange tones. This is a demi-permanent dye formula that comes in blonde and brunette shades -- ideal for brunettes who want to tone down some redness without going darker or lighter. It's really just a regular demi-permanent cool shade, but conveniently labelled "Brass Free" so you don't have to figure it out yourself. (Psst! Get a cash-saving coupon for Clairol and other brands here!) At drugstores and mass retailers.
Finesse Silver Beauty Shampoo and Conditioner for Graying Hair, $3.99 each Greying hair that looks yellow is usually nature's fault. #bitch Shampoo and conditioner with a slight tint of blue gets rid of the yellow and plays up the pretty silver. At drugstores.
Have you tried any of these things? What's the biggest beauty blunder you've ever had to fix? (Your own or someone else's?)
Thank you SO much to Almay, Urban Decay, Maybelline New York, Batiste, John Frieda and Finesse for making today's studio audience so happy! Catch the "Quick Fixes for Beauty Blunders" segment on marilyn.ca.