Your hair falls flat after a pre-work ballet barre session; your complexion is flushed and sweaty from an unexpected heat wave; your mascara is cascading down your cheeks following an encounter with El Niño. No matter what the beauty malfunction, there is a solution at hand. Here, an assortment of rescue products that should forever live in your cosmetic bag. Consider this the definitive first-aid kit for your hair and makeup.
the beauty emergency set
THE HAT HAIR VANQUISHER
WHEN TO USE: In sub-30°F weather after your cashmere beanie has left your hair looking limp rather than lush. Spray at the roots to restore volume and banish static or any other hat-hair symptoms. An added bonus: It also extends blowouts for an extra day.
WHEN TO USE: After a 60-hour workweek has left you drained of energy and color alike. Just dab this hydrating stain on the lips and the high points of the cheekbones to effect a healthy glow before you skip off to a holiday soiree.
WHEN TO USE: During a jam-packed holiday dance party when your face is starting to shine in all the wrong ways. Press a single sheet onto the skin to blot away oil without disturbing your artfully applied makeup.
WHEN TO USE: At your desk after a two-hour conference call to revive your senses. Spritz the hydrating mist 10 inches from the face to moisturize, tone, and cool the complexion so you will feel—and look—on point for the next meeting.
WHEN TO USE: When you’re en route to meet your boyfriend’s parents for the first time and realize your eyeliner has migrated north (or south). Keep the purse-size packets in your makeup bag and use a sheet to gently remove any errant mascara flakes or smudged pencil.
WHEN TO USE: When strolling outside while the Santa Ana winds are in full force, or on hair days so bad that all your styling essentials combined cannot remedy the situation. Loop an elastic twice around your topknot for a discreet yet secure hold.