Flat hair? Tired eyes? Wrinkled cocktail dress? That’s no way to attend a holiday party! So we found quick (and green) beauty touch-ups and style tricks to guarantee you’ll look glam even when you’re short on time – disaster averted.
- Emergency: You pack evening clothes for a quick office change, but they’re filled with wrinkles.
Fast Fix: We admit, it’s hard to keep clothes smooth — and natural materials hold more wrinkles than synthetic ones. So pack each item in an old plastic garment bag and fold them into your carryall. The plastic acts as a barrier between the fabric when folded, preventing creases. Save bags from your dry cleaning, or ask for a few from your local dress shop — with each new shipment of clothing, hundreds are thrown away. You’ll end up saving your clothes and saving plastic bags from taking a trip to the landfill all at the same time.
- Emergency: You have just seconds to refresh your makeup.
Fast Fix: Save time by grabbing a three-in-one cream that you can dab on your eyes, lips, and cheeks, . “Sheers and neutrals work the best since they mimic the shades in your skin. Avoid reds, berries and oranges — those colors are too harsh to wear all over your face.
- Emergency: Your red lipstick looks awful on your chapped lips.
Fast Fix: To combat a dry, peeling pucker, mix up your own lip scrub. Combine a pinch of coffee grounds with a dime-sized amount of honey — both things you can usually find in your office kitchen — and “dab on your lips, then massage in a circular motion. The honey draws moisture in while the coffee exfoliates the dead skin cells giving you smooth, lipstick-ready lips.
4. Emergency: Static cling is giving you trouble.
Fast Fix: The static in winter air can be problematic for that flowing silk dress you love. Luckily, the solution is a no-brainer: Just give the problem areas a quick spritz of water. The water removes the static force, giving you a smooth silhouette.
- Emergency: A nasty snowstorm messes up your hair.
Fast Fix: When bad weather throws your locks into disarray, pull your hair into party-ready ponytail. To make it look chic, start with a deep side part and smooth hair back into a ponytail that hits right at the nape of the neck. Make your own ponytail holders by using old, run pantyhose, cutting horizontally up the leg every inch or two. They’re a good way to recycle and they hold incredibly well. Makeshift hair elastic – dental floss. If you have some in your handbag, tie it around your hair to keep it in place.
- Emergency: You need an instant breath freshener.
Fast Fix: When you’re on-the-go, get a just-brushed-feeling by squeezing lemon juice (find two slices at the bar) into one cup of cold water and swish and gargle stale breath away.
Citric acid in the lemon juice kills bacteria that causes bad breath and also breaks down food particles and tarter on your teeth. An added bonus: it whitens your teeth too.
7. Emergency: Your hair has fallen flat.
Fast Fix: Don’t waste time and electricity blow-drying hair with a round brush to get sky-high volume. Instead, grab an eco-friendly root lifter. Lift sections of hair, spraying on the root, then allow hair to fall naturally for an awesome, party-ready style.
8. Emergency: You spill wine on your dress.
Fast Fix: If you spill your drink, head straight to the bar. The old go-to club soda is still the best cure for a wine spill.
The bubbles in the soda stop it from absorbing into the fabric, preventing a stain.
9. Emergency: Your eyes are tired from so much entertaining.
Fast Fix: White eyeliner on the inner rims of your eyes does wonders to brighten up the whites, making even the most sleep-deprived eco-ista look awake.