by ZOE FOSTER
So much of my beauty writing concerns how to get the perfect skin/hair/tan/manicure/teeth/etc and yet so much of my life is spent correcting the errors I make when I invariably mess these things up. It doesn’t seem right. As such, I thought I would take some time to honour some of the great correctors out there, things that undo the damage and clean up the errors and ameliorate the fails…
1. For precise eye makeup cleaning up and correcting: Simple kind-to-eyes eye makeup corrector pen
There’s nothing wrong with a cotton tip dipped into makeup remover to fix eye makeup mistakes, but for perfect precision when removing small amounts of shadow or liner fall down, and help cleaning up/shaping winged liquid liner, the very fine nib on this makeup corrector pen is great. I find it especially good for removing mascara on the eyelid without it taking any of the shadow off underneath. One downside is it stains quite easily, and we are encouraged to clean the tip after each use, which, let’s face it, we probably won’t, even though we really should.
2. For stubborn fake tan stains on the ankles, knees and wrists: Chux magic eraser. (Not recommended for sensitive skin.)
I know we don’t generally like putting household cleaning agents or tools on our precious skin, and with good reason – Ajax is a terrible moisturiser. But sometimes we are so shitty at applying our self tanner we are faced with very little choice on dark blotches and streaks. So, next time you’ve messed up and have orange splodges, gently rub/dab a damp Chux magic eraser on the spot. DO NOT RUB MADLY BECAUSE YOU ARE PANICKED. It pays to bath in salts and exfoliate too. (Before applying the tan in the first place, and once you’ve messed it up also.)
3. For correcting nail polish errors: Revitanail precision corrector.
There is something so meditative about painting ones’ nails. Unfortunately overspill and polish-on-fingers can reduce this peaceful state by approximately 678% so I always keep a corrector pen on hand. (Or near hands, as they are busy being painted/painting.) As with the eye makeup remover pen, you can use cotton tips dipped in remover, yes, but the very finely tapered tip on this guy makes it wonderful for scraping out polish that spills down onto cuticles and causes swearwords in ones’ mouth. This one is also great because it has three spares in its lid, (economical!) and has jojoba oil as well as remover so you don’t end up with dry cuticles.