Makeup Survival Mode

I’m a travel junkie.  I’m also an over-packer who always forgets something important (which makes no sense).  Whether I’m stepping out the door or throwing 10 bags in my trunk, my catch phrase is “hey I’ll text you when I figure out what I forgot.”

Though I might be able to brush off a missing sweater or phone charger, I have a hard time coming to terms with leaving one of my makeup products behind.  However, my practice in makeup survival mode taught me some tricks to get by before you can sprint to the nearest Sephora.  Though I wouldn’t recommend using these tricks every day, these quick fixes can save your life a time or two!  So don’t fear, help is here.

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On good skin days, sometimes I don’t want to slather on my full coverage foundation.  Did you know that you can make your own BB cream?  Just mix your foundation with your moisturizer or primer.  Magic.



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Sometimes I use this trick even when my highlighter isn’t missing because it works so well.  For a subtle highlight, simply sweep a shimmery white gold or soft pink eye shadow on your cheekbones in an upward stroke for an easy product substitute.



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Leaving your eye shadow behind is downright painful.  But don’t panic!  Simply use your bronzer or powder contour on your crease, apply powder highlight to your brow bone, and illuminator to your lid.  Bam.


Eyeshadow Primer

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Eyeshadow primer is a major key to stay-all-day makeup.  If you forget it, no biggie!  Simply apply clear chapstick to your eyelids (I wouldn’t recommend a strong scent or you’ll #feeltheburn), or–even better–use your concealer to prime and cover any purple-toned eyelids.


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There are two great options if you forget eyeliner.  The easiest trick is to apply a black or dark brown eye shadow with a wet angled brush to your upper or lower lash lines.  If you want an eyeliner look that stays in place longer, press your angled brush on your mascara wand until you have enough product, then apply (I’ve had more luck with this trick on my lower lash line).


Makeup Setting Spray

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I learned this trick during my time in musical theatre.  I was a bit shocked at first, but hear me out.  You can apply hairspray to set your makeup (aerosol works best).  I wouldn’t recommend it to those with sensitive or acne prone skin, and this definitely shouldn’t be an every day habit, but if you’re desperate: hey, go for it.


Clear Brow Gel

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Speaking of hairspray, do I have a trick for you! I actually use this trick pretty frequently because it works so well.  To keep your brow hairs in place all day, simply apply a small amount hairspray to your eyebrow brush (the thing that looks like a mascara wand), and sweep those hairs into perfection.


Brow Pencil

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For the divas like me who need to fill in your brows with color, this one’s for you.  Using a small or angled eye shadow brush, apply matte brown eye shadow to your brows.  I’ve found this works best if you wet the brush first so that the shadow doesn’t fall or move around.



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If you’re a cream blush connoisseur, you’ll love this SOS substitute. Rub a bit of pink lipstick (shimmery or matte) on your finger and apply to your cheeks with very light, sweeping strokes.  For best results, blend with a brush or sponge.


Do you have any other tricks that come to the rescue?  Let me know in the comments below!

Don’t worry be savvy,

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  1. October 30, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    There’s some really great tips in here. Thanks 🙂

    • October 30, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Yay! I’m glad you found some good tricks! Let me know if you try any, I’m curious to see how they work for you!

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