Beauty: Fix your fes­tive beauty fails

Fuss-free solutions at your fin­ger­tips

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It’s the busiest time of the year, so the last thing you need is to fuss over a chipped nail or a pim­ple rear­ing its ugly head. Luck­ily, there are some pretty savvy prod­ucts that are de­signed purely to make our lives eas­ier, so stock up and carry on par­ty­ing.

1 A spot of bother A boozy diet, late nights – what­ever the cause, break­outs hap­pen to us all. Col­lec­tion Cos­met­ics Primed & Ready Anti-Blem­ish 2 in 1 Con­cealer, £4.99, com­bines pre­ven­tion and so­lu­tion. The coloured in­ner core is de­signed to colour-cor­rect, re­duc­ing red­ness, while the outer sec­tion is a nor­mal con­cealer. What’s more, the stick is in­fused with witch hazel to tackle the blem­ish while it’s cov­ered up, for smoother skin while you party.

2 See off stray greys There are some se­ri­ously good solutions for root re­growth out­side the salon but, if you’re caught un­awares on the go, get­ting an aerosol can out isn’t ideal. L’Oréal Paris Magic Re­touch Pre­ci­sion In­stant Grey Con­cealer Brush, £8.99, uses the colour tech­nol­ogy be­hind their best-sell­ing con­cealer spray, loaded on to a mas­cara wand that you can comb through your hair. Slim enough to fit into your hand­bag – and it sham­poos out.

3 Chipped nails No time for an­other mani? Don’t pick at it! If it’s a nail break, gen­tly file it away to a smooth fin­ish. If your pol­ish has flaked away, too, don’t try to fix it with the same shade, as it won’t look seam­less. In­stead, add a glit­tery fin­ish to the of­fend­ing area. Rim­mel makes sparkly pol­ishes in sev­eral shades, start­ing from £2.99. Then, lessen your chances of fu­ture chips by adding an ex­tra layer of top coat ev­ery cou­ple of days, which will strengthen and pro­tect your colour.

4 Patchy tan Some­one spill Pros­ecco on you? ‘If your tan has bro­ken down and be­come patchy, a quick, in­stant fix is to use St. Moriz Ad­vanced Pro For­mula Ul­tra Fin­ish, £9.99,’ says St. Moriz ex­pert tanner Jor­dan Cook. It’s a ‘tancealer’, in­stant colour that you can dab over the af­fected area, es­sen­tially colour­ing in the pale spots. As for long-term solutions, ‘Mois­tur­is­ing is key,’ says Jor­dan, es­pe­cially in the win­ter. This will stop your tan be­com­ing un­even.

5 Brush on brows Over­plucked, or had a too-dark tint? Draw your way out of a dis­as­ter! Ben­e­fit Brow Con­tour Pro 4-in-1 Defin­ing & High­light­ing Brow Pen­cil, £28.50, is like one of those multi-pronged pens we all used to have but, in­stead of coloured ball­point nibs, you’ll find two brow shades, a high­lighter and a de­finer. Us­ing light strokes, bulk out patchy sec­tions with the de­finer, or defuse a heavy tint job with the high­lighter.

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