All women have experienced bad hair days, or times when makeup and wardrobe simply will not come together as you like. These tips will help you to make the most of a bad situation.
Should you lose the back to an earring, try using a pencil eraser to hold the earring in place. If the earring is the kind with the long stem, you may also bend the stem just enough to keep the earring on your ear. Whenever I have lost one earring in a set, depending on the size and shape, I use it as a broach, or pin it to a scarf.
2. Missing buttons
Recently I was headed to a funeral, and noticed a button missing from the top of my dress. I did not have a replacement I could sew on, neither did I have the time. I cut a long square of material from an old sun dress. I twisted it slightly, and placed it, like a scarf around my neck. I secured it with a safety pin through the material at the missing button hole. No one knew the difference.
3. Head bands
I cut the waist band from old skirts, to use as headbands. Sometimes I have to wrap them twice. This gives me a variety of headbands in many different colors. I also will cut old dresses in the shape of a head scarf. I then tie it around my head, over top of a store bought head band. If there is enough material I also make a neck scarf, so that the scarf and headband look like a matched set.
4. Panty hose
If your total support or control top panty hose have runs in the legs, cut them off about mid thigh. You can continue to wear the upper part as a long line panty girdle. Nylon hose also may be cut, to make great sleeping caps.
Recently I found I was out of eye shadow. I mixed together my pink lipstick and peach blush to create a shade of shadow that worked really well. I also will use lipstick on my cheeks, if I am out of blush. And have put a light amount of blush over my lipstick to give it a slightly different color. I enjoy experimenting with all the various hues. My lips can be very dry, so I often apply olive oil, cooking oil or petroleum jelly to soften them, before using lipstick.
6. Bad hair day
If you are having a really bad hair day, consider wrapping your hair in a scarf. If you do not have one, or the time to shop, you can make your own. I love using old dresses, blouses and skirts to wrap my hair. You do not even have to cut the material evenly. You can experiment with wrapping, adn make sure any frayed material is underneath your hair. No one will know.
7. Lap cloths
In many churches, women place lap cloths, or modesty clothes, across their lap, to cover exposed legs when they sit. I have found many scarfs, and large handkerchiefs in thrift stores. I make sure to always have one black and one white cloth. These two colors will work for most any outfit.
I noticed recently that my husband’s cologne smelled different, and rather enticing. He said he had actually combined two of his cologne brands, in order to create a different scent. These two combinations worked well with his body chemistry. I have tried mixing perfumes, but have only once found a combination that was pleasing to me.
If you find yourself out of cologne, add a little flavor with other products. My husband asked what fragrance I was wearing a few days ago, because it he liked the smell. I was not wearing perfume at all. I had applied lavender gel after bathing. And before dressing I applied aloe vera lotion. I used coco butter petroleum jelly on my legs, and S curl hair lotion on my hair. The combination gave a light refreshing scent.
9. Bare legs
Black women often deal with ash on the legs after bathing. If you are going bare legged, without hose, apply your favorite lotion to your legs. If you do not have the desired effect, add a little petroleum jelly. Your legs will be silky smooth.
If you have any patent leather shoes, you can keep them shiny by wiping them down with a damp cloth. After they dry, rub a very little petroleum jelly on top. If your shoes are sick under the bottom, scratch the surface with a rock. This will keep you from slipping.