You envision yourself walking down the aisle on your wedding day as the most stunning bride ever, having done all the possible preparation. But as Murphy’s Law would have it, what if things just don’t go your way on your biggest day? Fret not, for we have compiled five common beauty emergencies and some tried-and-tested solutions (that are quick and fuss-free), just for you!
1. Puffy eyes
Unexpected and undesired, these are arguably brides’ worst enemy. They may be especially prone for brides due to fatigue from wedding planning or after a night of drinks with their loved ones.
DV Tip: Immerse two teabags of green or black tea in hot water for one to two minutes, remove the tea bags, and let it cool to a comfortable temperature for your eyes. Then, place the teabags over your eyes for three to four minutes. It works wonders! (In case you’re wondering, it’s because the caffeine in the tea constricts the blood vessels around your eyes, hence reducing the puffiness.)
2. Uneven eyelids
Nobody fancies waking up to uneven eyelids, especially on your big day! Some people, however, are prone to have double (or even triple!) eyelids appearing or disappearing after a night’s sleep, usually just to one eye. Fortunately, eyelid tape and eyelid glue are here to save the day, so make sure you have some handy even if you might not usually use them!
DV Recommends: The Automatic Beauty (AB) Double-sided eyelid tape, followed by eyelid glue over the eyelid tape. This will ensure that your eyelid tape does not fall off halfway through the day!
Definitely unpleasant, but don’t let it ruin your wedding day! Here’s a fast remedy that may make your pimple(s) less obvious (or even get rid of it!)
DV Tip: Dip a face towel in hot water, then place it over your pimple for about half a minute. Repeat this for about 30 minutes. (The heat will kill the bacteria.) Then, wrap an ice cube in a towel and place it above your pimple(s) for a few minutes. (This tightens your skin pores.) Repeat the process until you’re satisfied with the results.
4. A puffy face
Waking up to a puffed up face on your wedding day must be somewhat horrifying. Facial edema, or facial puffiness, is caused by water retention, which may in turn be a result of stress, a high-salt diet, or insufficient fluid intake, among other reasons.
DV Tip: First, give your puffy face a huge splash of cold water after you wake up. Then, continue with the “cold” treatment by wrapping a few ice cubes in a towel and placing the cold compress over your face for a few minutes. If the puffiness persists, repeat the process a few times.
Another effective method is to use cucumber and lemon juice/milk, so if you’re prone to puffy faces you may want to have these ingredients ready, just in case! Soak about eight thin slices of cucumber in lemon juice (for oily skin) or milk (for dry skin), and put it in the refrigerator for half an hour. Then, leave these slices on your face for about 15-20 minutes before removing them and washing your face with cool water.
5. Mosquito bites on face, neck or upper body
Some unwelcome guests visited the night before your wedding. And it’s just much worse when it appears on your face or neck, or your upper body (especially if you were intending to flaunt your flawless skin with an off-shoulder, a tube, or a bare-backed gown!). Now, nothing’s going to ruin that for you.
DV Tip: First, medicate the bite. Apply some hydrocortisone cream that can be bought over-the-counter (these reduce swelling and redness quickly). Then, apply on a yellow/green concealer (depending on what matches your skin tone), as they tend to cancel out the redness better than nude coloured concealers. Pat it onto the bite, and if required, layer the concealer.
Try the Innisfree Jeju bija anti-trouble spot essence R. This is a green cream that turns ashy-grey upon application and helps to conceal those bites perfectly. At the same time, its ingredients include calamine and chlorella, which help to soothe the bite.