1 Being late to everything because your winged liner is uneven. The right side of your eye is perfectly flicked while the left side is wonky, and the lack of symmetry is R U I N I N G your life. WTF?!
2 Running late because you have to put makeup on, period. Let’s be real.
3 Frizz. Can someone please get rid of humidity already? It’s killing good hair days for women everywhere.
4 Worrying about wearing SPF every day so you don’t eventually look like you have leather for skin –but then breaking out from putting on sunscreen.
5 Deciding you’re over your gel mani and picking it off, ruining your nails in the process. If you really want to part with your gel, soak cotton balls in acetone nail-polish remover, place them over your fingertips and wrap foil around them. Leave this combo on for 10 minutes, then gently push the gel off your nailbeds with an orange stick.
6 Having your nails chip and look terrible when you don’t have time to take off your polish or paint over them. If you’re in a pinch and you don’t have the same shade to reapply, grab a chunky glitter polish (providing you have one handy) and use that to conceal any chipped parts. Boom: you look instantly put-together again.
7 Wet hair when it’s cold outside. Leaving thehouse with wet hair when it’s cold makes it less pliable and more prone to breakage. If you’re in a rush, try at least to dry your hair a little bit.
8 Having to blow-dry hair when you’re already running late. You can get away with air-drying in summer but what if you don’t have a wash-and-go style? If you’re in a rush and your hair texture requires tools such as a boar bristle brush and a dryer to make it look amazing, skip all that styling and create a chic, low knot instead.
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9 Hitting snooze too many times, then having to rush around like you’re running through an evacuation drill just to get out of your house looking half-decent. You were just getting your much-needed beauty sleep, which was totally worth the rush, right?
10 Trying to put on self-tanner, thinking you applied it like a BOSS, then realising you look like Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger in the morning. #StreaksGalore
11 Noticing bits of eyeshadow or mascara have fallen from your lashes onto your cheeks as the day goes on, or that your lower liner has travelled down your face. Pro tip: carry travel-sized makeup wipes in your bag to clean up midday.
12 Rushing or just not paying attention, and ending up with mascara on your cheek or tinted moisturiser in your hair. The struggle is real, people.
13 Doing your makeup in a rush and not blending it in enough – and having your boyfriend/co-worker have to rub it in for you. At least they didn’t lick their finger…
14 Eyes watering in cold weather, creating streaks down your foundation and blusher. You swear you’re not crying, it’s just that cold – but you might shed a tear after you look in the mirror to find that your makeup masterpiece has been destroyed.
15 Missing a spot at the back of your head with the straightener. First of all, it’s hard to see what’s going on at the back of your head. Plus, if you’re single or don’t have roommates, who’s there to help? No-one, that’s who. Use a hand mirror to double check you’ve hit all your hair.
16 Having certain hairs that are too short for a bun/ponytail – and the insanity that ensues trying to get them into place. Especially when you don’t want a head full of bobby pins or hair that looks like it’s been shellacked with hairspray.
17 Getting a new haircut. When you leave the salon with the beautiful blowout your stylist gave you but then you’re left to figure out how to style it like he/she did for a solid week. Word to the wise: ask your stylist for a how-to before you step out of the salon.
18 Having to lie to your colourist that you’ve been soooo busy at work and life, and that’s why you haven’t come in for three months when really it’s just because you couldn’t afford the highlights until now.
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19 Not wanting to wear a hat in summer for fear that your hair will go flat. And no, a peak is not an option.
20 Showering in a rush, not rinsing out the shampoo/conditioner from one spot of your hair properly, then finding a greasy patch as you start blow-drying. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you have two options: use dry shampoo to help soak up the moisture or wash again and rinse thoroughly this time.
21 Darkening your eyebrows with pencil/powder and running the risk of looking like Groucho Marx. No matter what brow tool you pick, less is always more. You can always add more tint but it’s super-hard to take it away once it’s on.
22 Rubbing your eyes when you’re wearing makeup, then looking like you got punched in the face. Black mascara + black eyeliner + rubbing eyes = recipe for raccoon eyes.
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23 When your makeup and hair are done but your boyfriend wants to make out or kisses you spontaneously … and all you can think is you don’t want to ruin your face. Does he know how long it took you to create this perfection?
24 When your eye shadow creases. You look in the mirror midday to find two separate-looking applications of shadow on your eyelids because they’re oily – and you didn’t bring the colour to touch it up because who does that? If this sounds familiar, apply concealer to lids before you apply shadow, so it stays put.
25 Realising your clothes are going to be hard to put on without messing up your makeup and hair after you’re already ready. Idea: button-down shirt.
This article was originally published on Cosmopolitan.com