Beauty emergency! How to be ready on the red carpet

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Beauty in a pinch

Let’s face it: No matter how many hours we spend primping in front of the mirror, beauty emergencies are bound to happen, typically at the most inconvenient moments… like, er, on the red carpet! Be prepared when it matters the most with these quick-fix products.

Goody Colour Collection Bobby pins

Goody Colour Collection bobby pins

Having a hair 911? Don’t fret! Simply stash these must-have bobby pins in your clutch to secure stray strands, and touch-up throughout the night so your style always looks flawless. Available in black, blonde and brunette, there’s a match for almost every hair color.

(Folica.com, $4)

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Concentrate

This miracle face and body balm may be designed to treat and repair patches of dry skin, but it can also fix any last minute beauty problem, from wild eyebrows to flyaway hairs and even ripped cuticles on the red carpet! Plus, in a 2-ounce container, it’s easy to toss in your bag for when a crisis occurs.

(Sephora.com, $28)

Dr. Hauschka Translucent Face Powder Compact

Dr. Hauschka translucent face powder compact

Keep shine at bay and look gorgeous in photos with this easy and convenient travel-sized compact that’s perfect for your purse. Silk powder soaks up oil and provides a flawless finish, while rose petal extract nourishes the skin and leaves you feeling refreshed.

(Drhauschka.com, $37)

Mai Couture Blush Papier

Mai Couture Blush Papier

As every beauty-obsessed girl knows, a healthy flush is essential to an award-winning look, and with Mai Couture’s blush papers, touching up your cheeks in a pinch is easy-peasy. Available in four flattering shades, you’ll never want to leave home without them!

(Maicouture.com, $18)

Supersmile Icy Mint Quickee

Supersmile Icy Mint Quikee

Don’t let wine-stained teeth or bad breath ruin your red carpet moment. Carry the pocket-sized Supersmile Quikee in your clutch to freshen up breath and erase tell-tale stains prior to talking to reporters or striking a pose for photogs. Just apply a drop to your teeth, smooth across your tongue until it’s dissolved and voila -- beauty emergency no more!

(Supersmilestore.com, $18)

Bremenn’s Emergency Zit Stick

Bremenn’s Emergency Zit Stick

There’s nothing worse than waking up the day of a big event only to discover a massive pimple smack-dab in the middle of your forehead. Luckily, Bremenn’s has you covered! With their ultra-concentrated Emergency Zit Stick, you can zap that zit into oblivion, reduce the appearance of redness and swelling and treat and clear up the underlying blemish sans any caking or drying. Um... talk about a lifesaver!

(Ulta.com, $10)

BeAuty tip

Apply highlighter to the temples, tops of your cheeks and down the nose (as well as on any curves and bones). "This effect will catch the light and really define your facial bone structure," says celebrity makeup artist and creator of the beautyblender, Rea Ann Silva. "I use this trick on my clients right before they walk down the red carpet. The shimmer really helps them feel and appear even sexier!"

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