7 Instant beauty fixes that work

Sep 1, 2011 at 10:45 a.m. ET

If you have a beauty emergency that you don't think you have time to fix, remember: A big problem doesn’t always need a big solution. Try these quick fixes for real ways to fight flaws without taking a chunk out of your busy schedule.

Woman with frizzy hair

1Shiny skin

A little glow is great, but no one wants to look greasy. Avoid adding powder; this will just make you look cakey, which is probably worse. Instead, try blotting papers. Just dab your problem areas with these disposable papers and kiss your shine goodbye. Blotting papers are small and portable, so keep a few in your purse, desk or car so you'll have one handy whenever you need it.

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You can't make a big, nasty zit disappear in minutes, but you can hide it. Hold a piece of ice on the blemish for two to three minutes to reduce the redness and swelling. To cover up what's left, dab on a liquid foundation that matches your skin tone and blend. Avoid concealers; they make the area look lighter and tend to draw attention rather than cast it away.

3Chipped manicure

If your nail polish is looking shabby but you don't have time for a complete redo, add a quick quote of a sheer, pearly polish in a shade similar to the color you're already wearing. Dip your nails in cold water for three minutes to help them dry faster. The sheer polish will cover up any chips and add some fun to your nails.

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4Flat hair

When your hall falls flat, don't give up and reach for a ponytail holder. Instead, flip your hair upside-down and massage your scalp at the roots. While still upside-down, spritz the roots with a light-hold spray to help hold the volume.

5Puffy eyes

If you wake up looking just as tired as you did when you went to bed, store used tea bags in the fridge and hold them to your eyes for five to 10 minutes in the morning to reduce the puffiness. If 10 minutes is too long for your tight morning schedule, try a hemorrhoid cream instead. Dab the cream below your eyes to watch the puffiness fade away -- but be careful not to get any in your eyes.

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6Frizzy hair

Rub hand lotion on your hands and then rub your hands over your locks. You'll ditch the frizz in seconds, and a light touch of lotion won't grease up your hair.

7Greasy roots

Hitting that snooze button a few extra times may feel good, but it can leave you without time to wash your hair. Thankfully, a dry shampoo is a great solution for a morning with a time crunch. Apply a dry shampoo to your roots, and it'll soak up grease and add nice texture to your hair. No dry shampoo at home? No problem; just use baby powder.

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