The day has finally come. Your special day, the one you’ve spent endless hours planning, down to the perfect detail. Your hair is beautifully done up, your bouquet is gorgeous and your makeup is on point. You put on your dress and…what is that??? An event day emergency!
No matter how many hours you spend planning your event, accidents happen. The likelihood of something going wrong is very high, so we want you to be prepared!
It’s important to remember that the fabric of your dress can change the way you remove a stain. Before trying any of these tricks, consult your seamstress or another clothing expert to make sure it will work with your fabric.
- Blood- Hydrogen peroxide can do wonders for a blood stain. First, rinse with cold water. If you have time, you can then soak it in cold water for 30 minutes. Then, apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain. Blot away gently.
- Makeup- Any oil-based makeup, like foundation or mascara, should be removable with dish detergent. Lemon dish detergent works best, but any will do. Dampen the area around the stain with water and put a drop of dish detergent on it. Then you can use the back of a spoon or toothbrush to rub the soap in gently. Pat the area with a clean towel as you work, to pull the makeup off. Repeat as necessary until the stain is gone.
- Ink- Get a Q-tip and dip it in some regular rubbing alcohol. Go to work, gently dabbing at the ink spot and changing the q-tip as it gets colored by the ink you’re removing.
- Coffee- Use a clean white cloth to blot up as much coffee as possible: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon detergent. Sponge the stain with a clean white cloth and the solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat this process until the coffee stain is removed from the dress. Once the stain is removed you should get plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
- Watermark- Dampen the entire area with water and allow to dry. Spots may also be removed by holding the area in the steam from a boiling kettle. If the garment can be ironed, press while still damp. Alternatively, try placing a damp white cloth over the stain while ironing.
- Stocking Run- If you have a small hole that has just started to run, you can fix it with some fast-drying clear nail polish. Dab some nail polish around the edges of the hole and allow to dry. If your run is more significant, try using double-sided tape underneath the run.
- Broken Nail- If your nail is slightly torn, cut a piece of clear tape and place it over the tear. If it is completely broken, you’ll need to file it down.
- Swollen Eyes- It’s quite common to get emotional on your big day. If you are like many of us, you might get puffy eyes from crying. One solution is to rinse your face with cold water several times as needed. If your makeup is already done, try applying a dry, cold compress to your eyes.
- Non-Stay Lipstick- To make your lipstick last longer, make sure to use the lip liner before applying. Then, you can find a blush in a shade similar to your lipstick color. Use a brush to gently apply the powdered blush over your lipstick. It feels a little odd, but it goes a long way to keeping that lipstick looking fresh!
- Breakout- It’s every girl’s worst nightmare: a giant zit on her big day. Don’t panic! First, take a towel and run it under super hot water, then place the towel right on your problem area. Leave it on as long as you can, then wash your face with a gentle cleanser. You should see it start to shrink after 30 minutes. After moisturizing, apply a concealer 1 shade lighter than your skin, starting in the center of the zit and working out. Immediately set with translucent powder. You’d be surprised how unnoticeable your zit will be. Remember that more makeup sometimes makes breakouts more noticeable. Keep it simple and light, and your photographer should take care of the rest!
- Shiny Face- We definitely want to avoid a shiny face on the big day! Using a primer before applying makeup will drastically help reduce shininess. When finished with your makeup, set your whole face with a translucent setting powder. In addition, you’ll want to have some toner-soaked towelettes on hand to dab away any sweat without interfering with your makeup.
- Razor Burn- A cold compress is a quick and easy way to reduce the swelling from razor burn. Apply a cold cloth or ice to the affected area as long as needed. You might also want to try an ibuprofen paste. Crush up a few ibuprofen pills and combine with a little water, until it turns into a paste. Apply it to your razor burn and let it sit until the swelling goes down.
To prepare for your big day, you will want to create or buy an Event Day Emergency Kit, making sure to have all the non-makeup items discussed above: Hydrogen peroxide, dish detergent, rubbing alcohol, white washcloths, clear nail polish, clear tape, ibuprofen, toner-soaked face towelettes, as well as the other essentials, such as a stain remover pen, lint roller, and a small sewing kit.