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Quick Fixes for Beauty Emergencies


Fight dry, flaky lips. Exfoliating is the key for a prettier pout, and for making your lipstick's color and shine last longer. The artist behind J.Lo's signature look, Scott Barnes, suggests using a dry toothbrush with a medicated lip balm to rub off the rough skin.

Lose the lackluster skin. It's easy to give sluggish, sallow skin a quick pick-me-up. Rae fakes a healthy glow with creamy products that sink into the skin and give it a hydrating boost. Her radiance-boosting recipe:

  • Apply bronzer where the sun would hit naturally (i.e. tops of cheekbones, forehead, temples, sides of the nose and chin).
  • Then add a pink, rosy blush to help liven the skin up.
  • Products with a little shimmer really make the skin glow. But there's a difference between subtle glimmer and full-on glitter. Stick with one lightly shimmery product (i.e. bronzer or blush) instead of layering them on.

Relieve redness or sunburn. Bennett's best-kept secret: Honey (especially the manuka variety if you can get your hands on it). When used as a five-minute mask or a spot treatment, "It has amazing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties," he explains. Once skin is soothed, film and television makeup artist Alicia Mizrahi Siller suggests a green-tinted primer. This hue gets rid of the red before you apply foundation.

Bring in a Pro

If it's in your budget, hiring a makeup artist is a sure-fire way to get gorgeous. They're an essential part of every celebrity's "glam squad." Beauty pros also have cases of supplies for beauty emergencies -- every kind of powder, concealer, shimmer, and color-correcting makeup.

Aparna Bhargava turned over her look to the pros before she walked the red carpet with her husband, composer Mychael Danna, at the Golden Globes and the BAFTA's, Britain's version of the Oscars. Her advice: Allow extra time.

"They use a lot more shades, primers and other products to make you look as good as possible," says Bhargava. At the Golden Globes, Bhargava wore a designer's glittery pink sari to reflect her Indian heritage. She suggests that glammed up makeup can also reflect your personal style. "Talk to your artist beforehand and make sure they understand the look that you want."

Brush Up on Beauty

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