Each one of us at some point or the other in our tryst with makeup face the inescapable situation where we run outta our makeup essentials. And usually this happens when we are at our most vulnerable(read early in the morning getting ready for work).
So does that mean we step out of the house without our MU better halves. Absolutely not. We resort to the next best thing: Improvisation.
And that's exactly what I have done.Come up with a list of improvised makeup emergency alternatives.These are tried and tested and have never failed me yet.
Substitute:Loose powder + Moisturizer
Mix loose powder or even compact(will be a little difficult to remove) with your fave moisturizer and apply like you would normally apply foundation.Use powder sparingly for sheer coverage and increase the amount according to your requirement.The final consistency should resemble your foundation.You can go a step ahead and add your sunscreen to get instant foundation with sun protection.Agreed its not the best solution but its better than going naked.
Although this product is not a must have for most of us, but it can go a long way in duping flawless skin.So don't panic if you run out of concealer or have a zit suddenly pop unknown to you during the night.Use the thick deposit on the lid and the outer/inner ring of your foundation container.It will usually be a little darker and thicker than your foundation and will do the trick.Apply using concealer/lipstick brush or pat it using the pads of your ring finger.Dust some loose powder and blend.
Substitute:Talc or Cornstarch
The basic task of loose powder is to set foundation and give an even appearance to face and personally for me its a must because of my oily skin to keep the shine away.Now you could use talcum powder for the purpose,but another great solution is to use cornstarch.How is it better?Well for starters its excellent for soaking extra oil on your face and is absorbed by your face better.Plus its natural and I'm not really a fan of talc considering all the nasty rumors floating around.So for me cornstarch is a natural alternative.
Substitute:(Eyeshadow + Vaseline) / Toothbrush
A well defined brow can contribute hugely to your looks and if you've read my post on Natural Makeup(link here) you would know how important it is.You can use a soft bristled toothbrush for taming your brow first.Then mix brown eye shadow(stay away from black cause it can look too harsh)with Vaseline and apply with the toothbrush.Stick to the brow and remove stray with q-tip.If you want to go transparent use clear mascara.
Castor oil can work miracles for your lashes.Not only does it make your lashes look full it helps to strengthen them also and regular usage can give great results.I usually fill my old mascara tube with Castor oil and use it every night on my lashes and brows.
Another alternative is to dip q-tip in your eyeliner and dab on lashes.Try to stay away from lash roots to avoid smudging.
Substitute: Lipstick / Cream blush
Well the time tested alternative to blush, lipstick is still the best option.Just make sure you apply to the apple of cheeks blending it immediately all the way towards the temple.If you think you might have overdone it dust loose powder and blend again.Use pale shades of pink,peach and mauve and avoid reds and browns.
Alternatively you can substitute cream blush for lipsticks.But apply a generous amount of lip balm before using the blush.
Keep in mind that these alternatives are great for emergencies only and should not be substituted for your make-up products.