Fes­tive fixers

Beauty cri­sis? We’ve solved it, so you shall go to the ball!

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beautyflash -

Big dead­lines, loom­ing work pres­sures and end­less so­cial stuff… there’s a lot go­ing on be­fore your hard-earned hol­i­day break. The last thing you want to worry about is break­outs, brit­tle­ness or dark cir­cles un­der your eyes. In­stead of try­ing to jug­gle this and ev­ery­thing else, we’ve solved those pesky beauty prob­lems for you. Read on for easy so­lu­tions be­cause we want you to have fun and look your best while do­ing it! It’s party time, and you have a throb­bing spot some­where ob­vi­ous. Panic? Not us. “If you can catch a spot early, mas­sage a spot-fight­ing scrub over it in a slid­ing move­ment, push­ing out to­wards your ears to drain tox­ins un­der the skin,” ad­vises fa­cial­ist Katie Light. We love [1] Pond’s Spot Clear Even Tone Fa­cial Foam + Scrub (R32.99). “Then ap­ply a clay mask di­rectly to the spot with an ear­bud, leav­ing it on for as long as pos­si­ble.”

Party sea­son means wash­ing and styling your hair more of­ten, which makes your colour vul­ner­a­ble to dam­age. A colour-lock treat­ment will both pro­tect and hy­drate – win­ning! TRY [6] Wella Sys­tem Pro­fes­sional Color Save Mask (R336).

3Dry skin Wind, sun and dry­ness can sap your skin of mois­ture. Cos­metic der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Frances Prenna Jones sug­gests us­ing “emol­lients that at­tract wa­ter – not oil – into the skin, like hyaluronic acid. But don’t over mois­turise, or you may suf­fer a break­out.” We love gen­tle [5] Ce­taphil Mois­tur­is­ing Cream High Tol­er­ance ( R188).

4Red­ness “Ditch the red wine if you’re prone to red­ness – it will only make it worse,” ad­vises fa­cial­ist Abi­gail James. “Slather on a cool­ing mask, then place a damp muslin cloth straight from the fridge over the top. Or, if you have aloe vera, snap off a piece, put it in the freezer for 10 min­utes, then glide it over your face.” Then ap­ply [10] Der­ma­log­ica Red­ness Re­lief Primer SPF20 ( R760) to can­cel out red­ness.

675Chipped mani “A dip in sponge-style pol­ish oil will smooth out the chip with­out re­mov­ing all of the paint, and will en­able you to cover more evenly with the same shade,” re­veals man­i­curist Re­becca Jade Wil­son. TRY [8] Essence Quick & Easy Sponge Nail Pol­ish Re­mover (R64.95). Or, paint glit­ter pol­ish on the tips to hide it and add sparkle.

Hang­over face Wo­ken up with grey skin and puffy cheeks? “Late nights and too much al­co­hol means skin works harder to flush out the ex­tra tox­ins, re­sult­ing in puffi­ness, dull­ness and ex­tra-ob­vi­ous blem­ishes and fine lines,” says Katie. “Ex­fo­li­ate to re­move dead skin cells, then ap­ply an an­tiox­i­dant mask,” adds Abi­gail. Go for [7] L’oréal Paris Ex­traor­di­nary Oil Overnight Mask (R269.95).

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If you’re us­ing stick­ers, al­low your pol­ish to dry com­pletely be­fore lay­er­ing them on. For DIY cel­lo­phane pieces though, set in place while the pol­ish is still slightly damp. Don’t overthink the de­sign. “There are no rules,” ex­plains Eunkyung. She an­chors the nail with two larger shards, then fills in with smaller sliv­ers, al­ter­nat­ing the pointy tips up or down (use tweez­ers to help).

Fin­ish with a top­coat

Brush on two lay­ers, plus ex­tra over your tips. We like [3] Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Di­a­mond Top Coat (R119).

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