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How to Look Good the Morning After a One-Night Stand

One-Night Stand Beauty Tips to Get You Through the Morning After

Whether it's a one-night stand, you've crashed on your friend's sofa, or you're involved in a friends-with-benefits-type situation, sometimes we're all caught unprepared. And this isn't in the birth control or condoms sense (as could be the case in each of these scenarios); this is about not having beauty basics on your person the morning after.

So what's a girl to do when all she has in her purse is just an ID, cash, lipstick, and a phone? The answer is to MacGyver it. While you can start by doing the old lipstick-as-a-blush trick to get you started, if it's a guy you've shacked up with, chances are he doesn't have a flat iron lying around or a well-stocked supply of the fancy under-eye cream available. So to get tips for making your walk of shame all the more bearable, just read more.

Does he (or she) have. . .

  • Paper towels?: Create a "toothbrush" by folding and wrapping a paper towel around the pointer finger. Lightly dampen the towel, squeeze some toothpaste on to it, and cleanse those teeth. Bonus? Paper towels can also be used as makeup-removing "cotton squares."
  • Baking soda?: Use this kitchen staple on the roots of the hair to quell oiliness, under the armpits as a deodorant/antiperspirant, or even on the teeth as a make-do-with-it cleanser and breath freshener. Alternative: use baby powder instead, except not on the teeth. Ew.
  • An aloe plant?: Hey, it could happen. Use aloe to fight frizz, or lightly dab on the face as a moisturizer.
  • Hydrogen peroxide?: Dilute with water to make mouthwash, apply to a paper towel and rub on the armpits to help reduce odor, or mix with baking soda to create a basic toothpaste.
  • Q-tips?: Bring your smudged eye makeup back to life by redistributing it with a Q-tip dipped in water.
  • Vaseline, olive oil, or body lotion?: Use any of these multitaskers to tame eyebrows, reduce frizz, add shine to the hair, and remove stubborn eye makeup. Tip: Vaseline can also be used to add volume and glossiness to the lashes.
  • Hair products?: If the hair is extremely unruly, start by borrowing a comb to remove tangles. Then, lightly dampen your strands and apply product where needed to reshape the hair. Bonus points if there's a hair dryer, as you can lift hair at the roots to create volume, all while coercing stubborn pieces back into place. Tip: you can always use the comb on dry hair to tease and sculpt it into a style, followed up with product to set.
  • Dental floss or a rubber band?: While not ideal, use dental floss or a rubber band as a ponytail holder or as a means to secure a cute braid.
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Advah Advah 5 years
Hah love the ideas! They're also great tips for when you crash somewhere else and don't have your beauty pouch on hand to look presentable for brunch (or work..).
mes814 mes814 5 years
this article is so stupid.
lezlo lezlo 5 years
WOW! You are going to have a one night stand AND rummage through the persons place, maybe break a stem off a plant or take the baking soda from the fridge and wander to the bathroom because that's really attractive and normal? Seriously- this is weird AND if you have a one night stand and you need to take care of these types of problems then it's time to go home. No one wants their one night stand to stay forever- then it wouldn't be a ONE night stand.
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