Fix those party disasters

Monday, 10 December 2012

Fix those party disastersYou all know what I’m talking about… those cringe-worthy, sometimes heart-stopping things that happen when you can least afford them to – at a work party, a night out, or Christmas dinner at your boyfriend’s parents’ house. We take a look at some common party disasters, and how to fix them.

You have a serious case of oily hair

One minute everything is fine, the next you look like an extra in Grease. If you have long enough hair, pull it into a high bun and if anyone asks, say it was hot/your hair was blowing in your face. If you have access to toiletries, use dry shampoo or baby powder to refresh it instead. Keep a travel sized dry shampoo, like TRESemmé’s travel size Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, R34.99, in your handbag for these kinds of emergencies.

Your stocking caught on a rosebush, and now you have a run

Hey, we’re not asking what you were doing in the immediate proximity of a rosebush in the first place. First choice would be to just take them off if that’s an option. If it’s a small run, stop it from becoming a gaping hole by dabbing clear nail polish on the area – yes, like you did in high school. If you’re wearing dark, opaque tights, colour in the skin underneath and around the run with a permanent marker or eyeliner.

You get a lipstick stain on your dress/collar/partner’s jacket

Rub alcohol (medicinal alcohol, not wine) mixed with liquid dishwashing- or laundry soap on the offending spot to make it disappear – the sooner, the better. I’m holding thumbs that a shot of vodka and liquid hand soap will do the same if you only have access to a club’s bathroom.

You’re face shines like the North Star

If you don’t have a make-up bag with you to dab on some powder, the simplest solution is to blot (not wipe) with a tissue every couple of hours.

You have an orange foundation line on your jaw

How did that happen? We don’t know either, but the cosmetic consultant definitely deserves a piece of your mind tomorrow. With slightly damp hands, rub in a downward motion to blend it away from your jawline and remove some of the excess. Don’t attempt to apply anything else over it; this will make it worse.

It’s 11:30PM, and you have the worst raccoon eyes in history

The night is still young, get your act together. The MacGyver solution is to dampen your ring fingers, and simply wipe the excess make-up from underneath your lashes. Remember to clean up the sides too. If you have access to beauty tools, first apply a yellow/amber concealer to correct darkness, and follow with light reflecting concealer or foundation to make you look bright eyed and bushy tailed again.

Your heel broke

Sorry, but I hope you have a pair of emergency sandals in your car/handbag (every girl should have a pair of comfy backup shoes). Heels are attached to shoes by means of glue and shoe nails, so trying to stick it back together will probably just end badly. Rather keep them, and take them to a shoe repair shop the next day.


Written by

Chantelle loves the beauty industry and is a junkie for all things high-tech. A background in skincare therapy and a secret dream of becoming a copywriter steered her in the direction of beauty blogging. To read more of her writing, visit her blog

Want to write a comment? Sign in here sign up now
Tell your friends
  1. Nancy Katy

    Party,Party.. great Tips will come in very handy.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Its my birthday this week, will have to try!

    6 years ago •

  1. Chantal Embleton

    Love this post! Very hand tips :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    great tips – especially for the raccoon eyes which happens to me everytime .

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    These are some great tips! Also always have tissues, mints, labello and painkillers handy!

    6 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    I agree about the oily hair issue. Using the dry shampoo and pulling your hair into a bun will definately work.

    6 years ago •

  1. pitman

    Baby powder to hide some of the oil in your hair is great.

    6 years ago •

  1. Gabriella Cerqueira

    TRESemmé’s travel size Instant is DEFINITELY a must have!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Glamorous Glitter

    Always carry clear nail polish, dry shampoo and blotting pper with me!

    6 years ago •

  1. Gleeson

    Super! I’m always getting lipstick on my dresses!

    6 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    If you have oily hair and no dry shampoo, no time to wash and your hair is blonde, try baby powder. It absorbs the oil and makes hair look clean

    6 years ago •

  1. DivaDesle

    Dry Shampoo is always a life saver for me. I am always on the go and sometimes don’t have time to wash my hair more than twice a week.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Heel incidents are such a near-miss to every woman, thanks for this article

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I also know heard that to fix a stocking from running futher you can use soap (but not liquid one) if there is no nail polish available.

    7 years ago •

BeautySouthAfrica - your pre-shop stop for all things beauty is South Africa’s most comprehensive online beauty magazine and your pre-shop stop for product information and reviews. From the latest international make-up trends to the hottest new products on the market, we offer insights into the glamorous world of beauty. Join like-minded beauty fanatics in our loyalty program and earn points, trial beauty products and share your experiences.

Become a beauty addict!

Get great deals and climb the ladder to a Gold Star!


Sign In