Bridal Beauty Basics: 10 Beauty Emergencies and Their Quick Fixes

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Waking up on your wedding day with puffy eyes, dark circles, a bloated look or a pimple is avoidable. Today, we are enlisting common  wedding day emergencies which can occur despite one’s best intentions as well as ways in which to handle them.

Dark Circles:

  • Why you get them: Under eye dark circles are often a result of genes, stress, improper diet or other lifestyle habits.
  • What you can do to avoid them : Eat plenty of antioxidant foods like fruits and vegetables and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water. Use sunscreen based moisturizer.
  • Beauty fix : Make a mixture of cooked coffee and coconut oil. Apply the paste to the eye region, avoiding the eyes. The caffeine will help reduce the pigmentation and increase circulation in the region while the coconut oil will soothe and heal. Wash off after 30 minutes.

Puffy eyes

  • Why you get them: Under eye bags could be a result of late nights, lack of sleep, improper diet and dehydration.
  • What you can do avoid them: Drink plenty of water. Apply a vitamin C based serum or under eye cream every day and limit your salt and alcohol intake. Sleep with the head elevated so that fluid is not retained under the eyes.
  • Beauty fix for wedding day: Place moistened tea bags (or a stainless steel spoon) in the freezer for half an hour. Apply the cool surface to the eyes for 10 minutes. Alternatively cut a few slices of potatoes or cucumber and place them on the eyes. This will increase the circulation and reduce puffiness. For extreme eye bags, go in for Laser skin tightening.

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Belly bloat

  • Why it occurs-Bloating is caused due to excess of food and drink intake. Sodas and carbonated drinks as well as certain vegetables like beans etc can all cause excess gas in the intestine. Some women also tend to get bloated prior to the monthly cycle.
  • What you can do to avoid it: Include probotic foods in the diet. Observe what foods lead to the bloating and, if needed, keep a food diary to eliminate those culprits.
  • Beauty fix for wedding day: Try drinking digestive tea like peppermint, fennel, lavender, green tea etc. Have a light meal. Drink plenty of water.


  • Why: A zit on the wedding day can be devastating. If you are not normally prone to acne, it could be the stress of the wedding and improper diet that has caused it.
  • What you can do to prevent acne- Talk to a dermatologist if you normally get pimples. Generally a regimen of gentle cleaner along with a Benzoyl Peroxide or Retinol based cream can help prevent acne.  In severe cases, antibiotics might be the only solution. Avoid facials and beauty treatments that promise clearer skin before the big day.
  • Beauty fix for wedding day: Apply a bit of honey and lemon juice on the zit for a few minutes and wash off with mild cleanser. This will reduce scarring and swelling that accompanies the acne. Ask your beautician/makeup stylist to use non-comedogenic/non-acnegenic products to conceal the acne.

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Dry and Flaky skin

  • Why: Many brides-to-be face this problem especially in the winters. Dry skin also results from drinking inadequate quantity of water.
  • What you can do to avoid it: Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated and smooth. Diet should also be rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. A good non-pore-clogging moisturizer with SPF can usually solve the problem.
  • Beauty fix for the wedding day: Apply some coconut oil prior to applying makeup. This can prevent flaky and irritated skin.

Over-tweezed eyebrows-

  • Why-If you have done your eyebrows yourself, then chances of over tweezing can go up considerably.
  • What to do to avoid this- Comb the eyebrows, and only tweeze out the extra hair. (Thicker eyebrows are in vogue these days!). Go to a professional for getting them done; do not try to save money on this essential beauty regime.
  • Beauty fix for the wedding day: Take an eyebrow pencil that is the same shade as your brows and fill in the gaps. Use short, quick strokes. Your brows should grow back within four weeks.

Frizzy hair

  • Why: Humidity is one of the main culprits apart from genes and improper styling products.
  • What to do to avoid it: Use an anti-frizz shampoo and always apply coconut or argan oil on the night before you shampoo your hair. You can use a smoothening serum. A conditioner is also a must after shampooing.
  • Beauty fix for the wedding day: Apply some hand lotion to the flyaway hair to weigh it down, if you do not have hair smoothening serum at hand. Do not use too much or the effect could be greasy.

Shiny oily T-Zone

  • Why: Heredity, tendency to oily skin, improper cosmetics.
  • What to do to avoid it– Always use oil free makeup. Carry a compact powder to dab on the nose for removing excess oil.
  • Beauty fix for the wedding day: Blot off the excess oil with a toilet paper/tissue paper if you do not have a compact on hand.

Oily Hair

  • Why: Heredity,  excess DHT production, bad diet, stress are the triggers of oily scalp and hair.
  • What to do to avoid it– Check your DHT levels. Also avoid sleeping on cotton based pillow covers. Avoid the use of heavy conditioners as these can lead to greasy look. Drink more water and green tea. Shampoo every other day using a clearing shampoo.
  • Beauty fix for the wedding day: Wash the hair on the morning of the wedding. If the hair still gets oily after a while, take some alcohol based hand wipes or hand gel and rub it through the hair. The alcohol is dehydrating and can help absorb excess oil from the follicles. Alternatively, rub in some dry shampoo or baby powder through the hair and brush off excess. This is a neat trick to get you through in between hair washes.

Runny Mascara

bridal beauty emergencies and fixes

  • Why– Using non waterproof mascara, getting emotional during the vows?
  • What to do to avoid it: Always use water-proof makeup.
  • Beauty fix for the wedding day– Grab a baby wipe, a Q-tip, or a tissue and fix it. If you do not have these on hand, you can try getting some coconut oil or olive oil from the wedding venue’s kitchen, wiping off the excess.  If you have a concealer pen, use the same on the black traces left behind by the runny mascara.

We hope you do not have to face any of these beauty emergencies, but if you do, you are now equipped to handle them!

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