From overplucked eyebrows to fake tan streaks; the most common beauty problems solved

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While we all spend a lot of time administering lotions and potions to our faces and bodies, we've all experienced a beauty mishap one or two times in our lives.

From streaky fake tan lines to over-plucked eyebrows, over the years we've encountered our fair share of mortifying errors.

But, instead of being too embarrassed to talk about such issues, we've addressed some of the most important and classic beauty misadventures and how you can rectify them.

Problem: You've died your hair too dark

That home dye job seemed like such a great idea at the time - the savings alone were worth it. And while there's nothing wrong with doing it yourself, and it can work very well, there are numerous hazards, one of which being that you can dye your hair too dark. But don't panic, there is a solution that doesn't involve parting with lots of cash or having to buy yourself a scary-sounding home-strip kit (which isn't advised if you're not a professional and can turn your hair ginger if you don't know what you're doing). Grab yourself a bottle of Vosene (the green bottle) and start washing. The shampoo is notoriously good for stripping out too dark hair dye and can leave you with a lighter colour.

Product: Vosene

Method: Use like normal shampoo but leave it on for a bit longer. The idea is to lighten the hair, not totally strip it. You will also need a strong conditioner after as the hair will be very dry. Of course, it's still advised to go to the hairdressers and let them take a look after. Never, though, think that using blonde hair dye will lighten it, it won't.

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Problem: puffy eyes from crying

Whether you've had a fight with your other half, had a run-in with a colleague or just watched that bit in Love Actually when Emma Thompson finds out her husband is cheating on her, there are times when you're likely to cry. But, particularly if you're at work, you probably don't want people to know you've been sobbing in the bathroom for half an hour during your lunchbreak. 

Product: make-up wipes (for when you're on the go and can't get to a sink to wash your face), cold spoons, a decent concealer for getting rid of dark circles - Amazing Cosmetics Concealer is brilliant for coverage (Sali Hughes even recommends it for touch-ups), facial spray to cool down any redness such as Avene's Eau Thermale

Method: First get rid of any excess make-up smudges, then take your cold spoons and place them over your eyes. If your face is still red, spray with Avene's Eau Thermale. Once patted dry, dot a tiny bit of your concealer below your eyes to cover any redness or remaining puffiness and then set with the facial spray. 


Problem: Over-plucked eyebrows

Damn the Nineties. They ruined many a face with its too-thin over-arched brows trend. So, how do you get the bushy brow look when you've scuppered any hopes of growing them back in a bid to get them Cara Delevingne shaped? Well, all is not lost. For starters, put down those tweezers immediately and stop touching them. While we realise waiting isn't exactly fun, that's what you need to do. However, you can also help them along with a brow growth treatment. Beauty doyenne Sali Hughes recommends Rapid Brow Growth.

Product: Rapid Brow Growth 

Method: Other than having impeccable waiting skills, you can also follow YouTube blogger Chiutips' tutorial on how to grow back your eyebrows. While you're waiting for your eyebrows to reappear you can also fill them in using eyebrow powder. There are plenty on the market but we love Clarins 'Pro Palette' eyebrow kit but Cupcakes and Cashmere's Emily Schuman also recommends Lancôme's Les Sourcils Définis.


Problem: Ingrown hairs from shaving

This is probably one of the most common and most irritating skin problems and are generally caused by shaving. Not only does it look unsightly, it can also lead to skin infections. While it might be all-too enticing to coax out hairs from the bump using tweezing, this should be avoided as it can introduce new bacteria into the follicle and cause more problems. Over the counter products containing benzoyl peroxide, as well as exfoliating ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid, also can help in the treatment and prevention of ingrown hairs. Ideally it's best to let the hair follicle restore itself until shaving again. 

Products: Skin Doctors Ingrow Go Lotion 

Method: "Keeping skin moisturized and exfoliated not only makes it easier to shave, but it can help remove dead skin and hairs that may clog the hair follicles, as well as promote hair growth in the right direction," says Dr. Elbuluk, a dermatologist at NYU School of Medicine. Other important tips include shaving in the direction of the hair growth, avoiding shaving over the same area multiple times or too close to the skin. Also make sure the area you are shaving is wet and that you're using appropriate cream to shave. Shaving less frequently with also reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs.

Problem: telltale fake tan lines

This one is particularly embarrassing as it's so obvious when it's happened. But, unlike a mismatched foundation with its classic telltale jaw line, this one is a little bit harder to remove than just washing your face. Putting on tan can be fairly easy but there are times when streaking can occur (hello, human zebra) and no one wants that. There are plenty of products out there that can help but if you don't have the time or the money to invest in a tan remover, then there's always lemon and baking soda which mixed together is a useful DIY tan fixer

Product: Lemon and baking soda; mix together the juice with a few teaspoons of baking soda until the powder becomes a paste.

Method: get in the shower or the bath and rub the solution over where you need it the most. Avoid eye areas and don't use too much on your face, otherwise you will strip it of its natural oils.


Problem: nail varnish on the skin around your nails

Painting your nails is tricky and getting a salon-finish at home is a real art to master. While you might know that base and top coats are a must for stopping staining and keeping the colour in place, there's always the trouble of getting a bit of polish around the top of your nails and on the side. 

Products: small lip brush or paint brush, nail varnish remover

Method: One of our favourite ideas is using a small paintbrush or a lip brush and dipping it in nail varnish remover and then carefully taking off the residue around the nails.


Problem: hair kinks, AKA ponytail hair

You know the score; you've shoved your hair up in a ponytail during the day, only to take it down to find that the wonderfully straight hair you had earlier now has a massive kink in it, rendering it looking a bit strange when wearing it down. This is particularly annoying when you want to wear your hair down for after work drinks. But there are ways to get rid of this kink. 

Product: Water spray, hair brush, hairdryer

Method: Spray hair with some water and then brush through. Blow dry until straight. If you don't have access to a hairdryer then plait your hair. Once dry, take it out and you'll now have curls instead.


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