7 Wedding Day Beauty Emergencies and How to Handle Them

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Call it Murphy’s law or call it bad luck, but beauty blunders can strike at any moment, even on your wedding day. Whether you’re the bride or one of her guests, it’s important to be prepared for any unexpected twists, turns and blemishes that may occur by stocking your clutch with the necessary fixes. Here, we’ve tackled the most common wedding-day crises so you can plan ahead.

Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon color morphing eyeshadow pencil and Yves Saint Laurent volume effect Faux Cils mascara in a Nordstrom woven cork & faux leather clutch.

I’VE CRIED OFF MY EYE MAKEUP—HOW DO I REAPPLY QUICKLY?

It’s difficult not to get teary-eyed during the ceremony, so have a Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow stick on hand for an easy-to-apply smoky eye  (Champagne Diamonds is a beautifully versatile shade). Once dry, the incredibly long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant formula will not move, so we recommend applying each eye carefully with a steady hand.

Follow up with a waterproof mascara, like YSL’s Faux Cils mascara. Not only will it stay in place if tears return, but it’ll also hold the shape of the lashes for a curl that won’t quit.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Urban Decay Primer Potion and Indie Lee blemish stick in Chelsea28 Fleur convertible faux leather wristlet.

I WOKE UP WITH A ZIT—WHAT DO I DO?!

Don’t panic, but do make sure to clean the area completely before applying skin care or makeup. Then treat the area with the Indie Lee blemish stick, which attacks the zit with salicylic and glycolic acid in a completely transparent formula. Take it with you in your clutch and continue discreetly treating throughout the day, even over makeup.

To tone down the redness, first apply Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer to the infected area. It’s not just for eyeshadow—the primer will help secure your concealer, ensuring that your breakout stays covered in photos. Finally, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage full-coverage concealer will leave the area looking flawless. Use the two shades to create an undetectable mask that seamlessly blends with your skin.

Tom Ford lip lacquer, Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax rollerball and Goldirocks x Nordstrom beauty rocks crystal set in a Rebecca Minkoff Leo chevron stripe envelope clutch.

I HAVE TO GIVE A SPEECH AND I’M A BUNDLE OF NERVES!

Instead of turning to champagne for courage, we recommend some natural alternatives. This convenient rollerball is easy to stash in your clutch and helps ease your stage fright with the calming powers of vetiver, chamomile and sandalwood. Apply on your pressure points (like the inside of your wrist, or the back of your neck) and inhale the soothing scent in a deep, cleansing breath.

Alternatively, a token of serenity could be just the thing to help calm your anxiety. Goldirocks crystals all work in harmony to rejuvenate your spirit, but rainbow moonstone and gold pyrite, in particular, can help boost self-confidence and overcome your nerves. Finally, bring along Tom Ford gloss for luxuriously shiny lips as you enlighten guests with funny anecdotes about the bride.

Oribe dry texturizing spray, Moroccanoil Treatment and OUAI anti-frizz smoothing sheets in a Pop & Suki leather camera bag.

OF ALL THE DAYS TO HAVE A BAD HAIR DAY…

Oribe dry texturizing spray will help you get your volume back. Spray at the roots and tousle hair for lift and lasting texture without any unsightly white-powder residue. Keep in mind, textured hair shouldn’t be frizzy. For that, carry a few of OUAI’s anti-frizz sheets to smooth over the ends of the hair.

For even softer, touchable tresses, consider a small bottle of Moroccanoil’s signature treatment. It’ll hydrate your ends, tame flyways and leave the hair with an enviable shine.

Clé de Peau Beauté concealer, Bobbi Brown corrector and beautyblender micro.mini makeup sponge applicator in a Nordstrom Abstract Lace minaudière.

I WAS UP LATE CONSOLING THE BRIDE WITH COLD FEET. HOW CAN I COVER THESE DARK CIRCLES?

Before applying any makeup, use Origins GinZing eye cream to brighten and de-puff the under-eye with a dose of caffeine and light-reflecting mica. Follow that with Bobbi Brown’s corrector, which uses pink tones to cancel the dark purple circles that are making you look tired. Clé de Peau concealer glides perfectly on top for super full coverage that won’t look cakey—just make sure you’ve properly blended each layer with a damp beautyblender before adding the next. 

Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed ultra quick dry topcoat, butter LONDON Scrubbers nail polish remover, Dior Crème Abricot nail cream, Chanel Le Vernis longwear nail colour in 167 Ballerina in a Nordstrom embellished envelope clutch.

I CHIPPED MY MANICURE FIXING THE BRIDE’S BOUQUET.

Keeping your wedding-polish shade in your clutch is a safe bet (our favorite wedding-day shade is Chanel’s Ballerina), as is having a butter LONDON’s scrubber sachet, just in case. It will take off your chipped lacquer as well as prep the nail for a fresh coat. 

Once you’ve reapplied your polish, use Deborah Lippmann’s quick dry so that you can get back on the dance floor as fast as possible. To give your speedy, dinner-table manicure a professional salon appearance, use Dior’s nail cream to hydrate the cuticles as often as needed.

Hourglass Ambient Diffused Light palette and MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ finishing mist in a MARC JACOBS Snapshot leather wallet on a chain.

MY SKIN LOOKS AS DULL AS THE GROOMSMAN’S JOKES.

In the days leading up to any major event, make sure to drink plenty of water, get as much sleep as possible and be loyal to the products that agree with your skin—now is not the time to experiment. Despite your best efforts though, your complexion may still need a boost of light on the day of. Start with BECCA’s First Light priming filter before applying makeup in the morning, but have the Hourglass diffused light palette on standby in your clutch. The trio includes a glowy blush (Diffused Heat), a radiance-enhancing bronzer (Diffused Bronze Light) and a soft-focus finishing powder (Diffused Light) for easy touchups throughout the evening.

For added hydration, your travel-size MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ provides a cooling spritz of moisture while also leaving behind a dewy finish on the skin. Mist anytime, even over makeup—the lightweight, mineral-rich formula makes makeup last longer and look freshly applied, even after hours of wear.

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Photography and story by Erica Lopez

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