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    By Paige Herman-Axel

    Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

    WebMD Feature

    Quick Fixes for Beauty Emergencies

    Whether your social calendar takes you to a Hollywood awards show or your best friend's wedding, there's no reason a beauty emergency has to prevent you from putting your best face forward. No one has to know you're running short on beauty sleep, nursing a cold, or battling a blemish!

    Sure, keeping skin healthy with good skin care is the best place to start, but for a red carpet emergency, try these professional pointers used by Hollywood's hottest stars.

    De-puff your eyes. This common issue can be caused by too little sleep, allergies, or too much salt, but the answer is easier than you think. Celebrity makeup artist Tanya Rae (who's on Bette Midler and Megan Hilty's speed dial) suggests ice-cold water. "Dip a washcloth into ice water and cover your eyes for a minute or two, or dip your whole face in a bowl for a few seconds if you can stand it."

    To draw attention away from puffiness, stay away from harsh or exaggerated eye makeup. Use soft browns and bronzes to contour the crease, and blend well. Then curl lashes and apply one to two coats of mascara.

    Soothe a red, chapped nose. Your cold doesn't know you have a big event! The key to smoothing over red, flaky skin in a hurry is a heavy surge of moisture. Choose a petroleum-based product. Marina Gravani, makeup artist for many actors and a Mariah Carey favorite, suggests a three-step plan.

    • Let the ointment sit for a while, then wipe away excess.
    • Smooth on a tinted moisturizer made with a yellow base color. It hides red skin.
    • Apply your favorite foundation.

    What pimple? Skin care products that blast blemishes are great for getting healing under way, but you need to disguise the spot before stepping out for the evening!

    Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Kevin James Bennett has a simple solution: The same drops that "get the red out" of your eyes will reduce the redness of a pimple. Just dab it on with a cotton swab, top with foundation and concealer and you're good to go.

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