How do you handle days when your makeup just isn’t coming together?

If I CAN, I’d just take it all off, put on tinted moisturizer, fill in brows, and pop a layer of mascara on and call it a day. If I can’t, I just live with it looking worse for the wear. I’m just lucky that I’m inside my house most of the time so only my poor husband has to see it!

— Christine
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Take it off and try not to beat myself up. If I have time, I have fallback easy options that almost always work. I try to resist the urge to experiment when I don’t have at least 2.5x the time it takes me to put my makeup on.

If it is an eye look, I can usually fix by layering product on top or I find pencil liners can fix most eye lookstoo.

If it is my foundation, I will usually add a moisturizer to a foundation and pounce bits on top with Sonia Kashuk sponge on top to fix colour or texture as best as possible.

I rarely want to start from scratch unless a very special occasion in which case I’ve probably already mapped out the look I want ahead of time.

I have the same strategy as you really.
When I do have to leave the house wearing make up that could be better, I just think that others probably won’t be close enough to my face see the real flaws anyway 🙂

If it’s a minor problem, I’ll just live with it for the day. If it is something that requires removal l (foundation coming apart, mascara meltdown), I end up going bare faced because my skin is sensitive. I need a good 8 hours after taking off my makeup for skin to calm down enough to put it on again. I’ll wash off the makeup wreck, reapply my skin care, and put on an additional soothing moisturizer for the day.

If things aren’t working out I just take it all off and only put on eyebrow gel and some lip gloss. My skin is too sensitive to repeated put on and take off makeup.

I just suck it up, and deal with it, and go about my day… Life is honestly too short to waste energy on such trivial matters, and worrying about the opinions of random people. #FirstWorldProblems

That all depends on how badly and which part of my look fell apart!
An eyeshadow combo that just isn’t looking quite as I imagined it, I’ll go in with something like a glittery top coat that meshes everything together better.
A blush or bronzer that turned out too vivid/dark, I’ll buff my finishing powder over it a bit to get it down to a less crazy cat lady level.
The only big problem is if I’m in a hurry, and out of nervousness/anxiety my hands get a little bit shaky…oh, the flaws to be had! Some are fixable, ie; mascara smudged on lid, crooked lip liner. Others I may just have to live with for the day. Which is okay. It washes off at night, plus, there’s always sunglasses.

It depends on what is not looking good and how bad it is. In general, I usually just deal with it since a lot of the time I am not going anywhere and can live with the failure or at most, a few people will see me and that is okay. If it is an eye issue then I will try and salvage the look. Most recently, I added a shimmer shade to my lid which was just hideous with the rest of my shadow shade choices. I decided to pat a better shade over the top and maybe salvage it. The new shade mixed with the old shade was terrible but the real issue was the way they combined into a gunky mess on my mobile lid. I left it and wore it that way all day and into town. I almost caved though when my daughter saw it and started laughing. She was like, “What did you do to your eye shadow?” I responded, “I know you want to copy it for future wear but I am keeping this a secret so it can be my trademark look!” If it is a base problem and it is noticeable then I am washing it off and starting over. Luckily that doesn’t happen often since when trying new products I generally do so when I am not leaving the house for the day and can really see how a new product is going to perform. I can’t remember a time when I applied a new foundation, concealer or blush without having tried it at home first.

If I have one of those days, it’s usually because my eyeshadows aren’t working the way I want them to. Sometimes I just add a soft layer of soft gold to even the shades out with my fluffy brush. And I wear my glasses, so they are not so noticeable anyway.

It depends what’s messing up the look. Lip colors are easy to change or fix with a lip-liner or gloss. If my lips are stained, I just pop concealer on them before applying the new color. Too bright blush gets blotted with a paper towel, then buffed with some translucent powder.

If it’s eye makeup, and I have time, I’ll take it off and start over. If I don’t have time, I just leave my glasses on when in public and wear a bright or funky lip color to distract from them. Sometimes some shimmer or glitter on the lids does the trip, but any major issue I leave alone. Messing with them tends to just make them worse.

I try to only test a new foundation when I don’t have to go in public. If I have to, I suck it up. Glasses, blush, and bright lipstick help distract. Really, though, if some random people at the grocery store even notice that my foundation off…when am I ever going to see them again?

When I have time, I work like hell to fix it, as is my stubborn nature. When I don’t, I just settle for it not looking too horrible.

Honestly, I may take off the offender and use fail-safes, or I may just use fail-safes on top of it. Depends what the issue is. Note: it’s EXTREMELY rare for me to have a day like this.

If I have a medium/deep matte bronzer, a decent eyebrow filling product, Stila Gltter and Glow in Diamond Dust (or something similar), and a pale pink lipstick, I can make any look work. If there’s still an issue, a black, brown, or deep blue eyeliner in the lower lashline will fix it.

Part of it is just acceptance… some days I don’t look or feel cute and tomorrow is another day. Or I do something that will make me feel a bit more put together and/or distract from the bad make up day… usually wearing my favorite bright lipstick and a bit more blush and highlight does the trick for me.

Ditto, though it’s rare that I want to take it off after the time it may have taken to put it on. And even if I have to go out, too bad. It is what it is.

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