You all know what I'm talking about... those cringe-worthy and sometimes heart-stopping things that happen when you can least afford it – on a night out or at Christmas dinner at your boyfriend's parents' house.
We take a look at some common party disasters and how to fix them:
You have a serious case of oily hair
One minute everything is fine, the next you look like an extra in Grease. If you have long enough hair, pull it into a high bun and if anyone asks, say it was hot/your hair was blowing in your face.
If you have access to toiletries, use dry shampoo or baby powder to refresh it instead. Keep a travel sized dry shampoo, like TRESemmé's travel size Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, R34.99, in your handbag for these kinds of emergencies.
Your stocking caught on a rosebush and now you have a run
Hey, we're not asking what you were doing in the immediate proximity of a rosebush in the first place. First choice would be to just take them off if that's an option.
If it's a small run, stop it from becoming a gaping hole by dabbing clear nail polish on the area – yes, like you did in high school. If you're wearing dark, opaque tights, colour in the skin underneath and around the run with a permanent marker or eyeliner.
You get a lipstick stain on your dress/collar/partner's jacket
Rub alcohol (medicinal alcohol, not wine) mixed with liquid dishwashing- or laundry soap on the offending spot to make it disappear – the sooner, the better. I'm holding thumbs that a shot of vodka and liquid hand soap will do the same if you only have access to a club's bathroom.
You're face shines like the North Star
If you don't have a make-up bag with you to dab on some powder, the simplest solution is to blot (not wipe) with a tissue every couple of hours.
You have an orange foundation line on your jaw
How did that happen? We don't know either, but the cosmetic consultant definitely deserves a piece of your mind tomorrow.
With slightly damp hands, rub in a downward motion to blend it away from your jawline and remove some of the excess. Don't attempt to apply anything else over it; this will make it worse.
It's 11.30pm, and you have the worst raccoon eyes in history
The night is still young, get your act together. The MacGyver solution is to dampen your ring fingers, and simply wipe the excess make-up from underneath your lashes. Remember to clean up the sides too.
If you have access to beauty tools, first apply a yellow/amber concealer to correct darkness, and follow with light reflecting concealer or foundation to make you look bright eyed and bushy tailed again.
Your heel broke
Sorry, but I hope you have a pair of emergency sandals in your car/handbag (every girl should have a pair of comfy backup shoes).
Heels are attached to shoes by means of glue and shoe nails, so trying to stick it back together will probably just end badly. Rather keep them, and take them to a shoe repair shop the next day.
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