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Some simple tips on fixing makeup mishaps

Updated on September 23, 2012

We love how makeup can enhance the way we look but sometimes in our haste to finish putting on our make up or simply due to unforeseen circumstances, we accidentally smear our eyeliners, over-apply our blush or overdraw our eyebrows.

In this hub, I will be sharing with you some simple makeup correcting techniques and beauty quick fixes that are going to help you clean up those mistakes and look princess perfect again.

Smeared Eyeliner and Overdrawn Eyebrows

If you smeared your liquid eyeliner or overdrew your eyebrows, here is a little tip on correcting the makeup.

Tools Needed:

  • Q-Tip / cotton swab
  • Moisturizer


  1. Put a little bit of moisturizer on the cotton swab.
  2. For eyeliner touchups - Use the cotton swab to GENTLY swipe over the smeared eyeliner
  3. For overdrawn eyebrows, keep running the cotton swab (with the moisturizer) over the eyebrows to lighten it.
  4. Take your eyeliner / eyebrow brush and touch up the makeup.

Chapped Lips

If your lips are chapped and have a lot of dry skin around, you might want to exfoliate gently and moisturize before piling the gloss / lipstick on.

Tools Needed:

  • Small Toothbrush
  • Lip Balm


  1. Rub the toothbrush over your lips gently in circular motion. Do not do it for more than a minute.
  2. After that apply your lip balm to moisturize the lips.

You can then apply the lipstick / lipgloss over.

Lipstick on teeth

I have written one entire article on preventing lipstick stains on teeth. Basically prevention is better than cure but if you get the lipstick on your teeth, after you have wiped it off with a handkerchief or tissue paper, do apply some of the tips in the article to prevent the stains from getting on your teeth.

Shiny Faces

Instead of piling up more loose/pressed powder and caking up your face, I would actually recommend using a facial blotter to absorb the excess oil. Only after you have blotted away the excess oil, do you touch up on the powder. This way your make up will look natural and you would not look too white washed.

Mascara Smudge under bottom lashes

After a long day out, mascara tends to smudge out under the bottom lashes. This can be rectified by using an eyeliner to draw under the area of the eyes and blending them out. It is faster to just make the smudge part of your look as compared to trying remove everything and redo the makeup while you are on the go.

Stay calm and enjoy the process

The most important element when you have a makeup mishap is to stay calm and do not rush through to try to rectify the problem. Panic is the number one cause to escalate a small makeup mishap into an epic failure. So enjoy the process of making up, it is an art that will enhance your beauty when executed properly.


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      dcaz 6 years ago from Singapore

      You're welcome! Thanks for the vote and may we always stay calm and composed when fixing our makeup :)

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      dcaz 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for dropping by Emma, and congratulations on your wedding! :)

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      thesingernurse 6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      It's always helpful to stay calm when fixing some make-up mishaps. Too much anxiety shows and people would notice. Hahaha! Thank you for sharing these simple yet useful tips. Voted up!: D

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      Emma Kisby 6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi, good tips here. I am pleased to say I do use some of these tricks. I don't tend to use lipstick but will for my wedding, so will be sure to check out your article to prevent lipstick stains on my teeth!