Look flawless every day with these quick-fix emergency make-up tips
Pre-emptive action is the key to defeating a blister, because by the time you can feel it, it's already too late.
You didn't have the time, foresight or inclination to book yourself in for a facial before a big event, but nobody has to know that.
Forget colour - scraggy painted nails look less polished than neat bare ones, so instead spend those precious few minutes getting your cuticles in order. LA's Deborah Lippmann is the queen of nail care. Use The Stripper to remove old flakes of polish, paint Cuticle Remover around the base and side of your nail, leave for 30 seconds then push away dead skin, then rub in The Cure, a creamy cuticle repairing lotion. If you've got 30 seconds left, buff nails until they gleam.
Essentially, what you need is to start off with a budge-proof mascara in the first place - CODE VLM is the only one our Assistant Beauty Editor has ever found that never transfers onto her eyelids, it gives great length and sooty black colour too.
If you still find the idea of aromatherapy a bit 'flower child' for your tastes, try this. We promise you'll be converted.
As with so many beauty tips and tricks, this one's all in the prep. First of all, use a lip primer. Our Beauty Director Jo Glanville-Blackburn swears by Guerlain KissKiss Liplift, and we reckon ELF Lip Primer & Plumper is pretty good too - both smooth lips, fill lines and make colour stick.
Don't pick, prod or play around with a blemish, no matter how tempted you feel!
Trying to tan at home can be tricky. Always exfoliate first and use a mitt to apply a cream, gel or mousse version to avoid streaking as much as poosible. If you still wake up to discover a patchy or streaky tan, use the St Tropez Self Tan Remover to wipe away mistakes, so you can start again. This is also a good way to banish orange palms and fingernails.
Banish red and uneven skin for good, starting with your skincare. Darphin's INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum soothes irritated and sensitive skin, helping to deal with the problem from within. For an immediate fix, use Chanel's new Perfection Lumiere for a light feeling on the skin - but a full coverage that lasts.
camouflage body make-up means covering freckles, veins and imperfections on your legs is instantly possible, leaving you with perfect skin and a healthy glow for all of your Christmas parties.
Try Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs for easy application and a smooth, long-lasting result. Simply spray into your hand, apply evenly over legs and wait for 60 seconds before getting dressed.
Dark circles are tough to cover-up. If you've woken up looking a little worse for wear, try a light-reflecting concealer to give the illusion of brighter eyes. Revlon's PhotoReady Eye Primer will improve the look of tired peepers - just keep the rest of your make-up light and dewy to draw attention away from any darkness under the eye.
Whether it's from a cold, stress or sunburn, a red nose is the last thing you want to wake up to. Calm redness and illuminate the skin with Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer. The green tint corrects redness in the skin and the smoothing forumla will help to reduce discolouration.
When you're short on time, but have spent ages styling your hair, there's nothing worse than suddenly adding too much serum, cream or wax and ruining your do. But don't dispair, dry shampoo is your saviour. A quick spritz of Batiste's Dry Shampoo will take your hair back to it's beautiful best.
When you're natural colour is coming through and you don't have time to head to the salon or re-do your roots yourself, reach for Alterna's 2 minute Touch Up. Liquid colour that brushes on to the roots to blend with your natural colour, it is literally a miracle worker for anyone who struggles to keep on top of coloured hair.
A perfect manicure need never be ruined by a broken nail again. Keep the Elegant Touch Brush on Nail Glue handy and you can repair your talons on the go. Brush over the broken nail, leave to dry and re-coat with your chosen polish for a flawless look.
No time to pluck? Try waxing instead. It takes seconds to achieve a perfect eyebrow with Parissa's Wax Strips Brow Shaper. Wax before you jump in the shower, so the warm water can soothe your skin.
There's no need to hide indoors next time you over-pluck your eyebrows. A little stratigically placed makeup will give you full and beautiful eyebrows in seconds. We love MAC's Veluxe Brow Liner, which gives foolproof precision and natural-looking colour for a well-defined brow. Just lightly draw on in feathery motions to mimic a natural brow. Finish with MAC's Brow Set to hold your look all day.