5 Wedding day beauty disasters & how to fix them

Aug 1, 2011 at 10:42 a.m. ET

While you don’t want to spend your wedding day thinking about all the things that could go wrong, you should be prepared. Knowing how to fix these common wedding day beauty disasters could save you a lot of grief down the road.

Bride applying lipstick

1Your lipstick disappears.

After all your kissing, drinking and cake eating, it's no wonder that the lipstick you applied before the ceremony has vanished. Unfortunately, that can make you look washed out and tired in wedding day photos. Keep your lips fresh by coating them with lip pencil, then layering two coats of long-lasting lip color on top, blotting between applications. If you discover your lipstick has still worn off and you don't have quick access to your makeup kit, lightly dab red wine on your lips just before photo ops to give them a slightly red stain.

2Your hem rips.

You spent hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on your wedding gown, so hearing the hem rip as your Great Aunt Flo steps on your train may be traumatic. You can't turn back time, but a quick application of double-sided dress tape can at least make your dress look as good as new. If you don't have dress tape on hand, try masking tape instead.

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3You're sweating bullets.

Having a twilight summer wedding may have seemed like a romantic way to get hitched, but that was before the record-setting heat and humidity kicked in. If you find yourself sweating through your makeup, use blotting sheets to take away the shine, then dab foundation wherever you need a touchup. Set the new layer of makeup with a light coating of translucent powder. If you forgot your blotting sheets at home, see if your wedding venue has paper toilet seat covers. These work great as a blotting alternative; simply cut one up and use it instead.

4Your nails look nasty.

Sunlight can turn a white or light-colored nail polish into a dirty-looking yellow. If you don't have time to rush to the salon, simply buff out the yellowish tint with the abrasive strip on a matchbook cover, then add a fresh coat of clear lacquer to finish the fix.

If a jagged nail is the problem, use a matchbook cover to file down the rough edges, then dab the edge of your nail with clear topcoat to help prevent chipping.

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5Your eyelashes clump.

Even if you applied your mascara perfectly in the morning, you may find your eyelashes have become clumped and gnarly by mid-afternoon. Applying extra layers of mascara on top of your first coat could backfire and cause more clumping. Instead, use a fine-toothed comb or a toothpick to carefully separate your lashes, starting at the root and working your way up toward the tip.

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