Ah, the hangover. There is nothing worse than waking up after a big night out only to realise you look as awful as you feel. Puffy eyes, lacklustre skin, the list goes on… Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that will give you a faux-fresh appearance and disguise the tell-tale signs of the dreaded hangover.
Step 1: Remove your make-up
No matter how late it is when you get home and, depending on your state, how badly you want to curl up in a ball and go to sleep, it is vital that you remove your make-up. By removing it and applying a night cream, you give your skin a chance to rehydrate over night and minimise some the damage felt the following morning. If you have had a REALLY big night, a simple make-up remover wipe will suffice, however it won’t have the same cleansing effect.
We love: Bioderma Solution Micellaire, R159.95 | Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, R74.99 | Dirty Works Gently Does It Face Wipes, R39.95
Step 2: Hydrate your skin when you wake up
Alcohol, when consumed in excess, has an extremely drying effect on your skin, which is why it is important that you hydrate. Be sure to drink a tall glass of water when you wake up and, if possible, drink a minimum of 2 litres of water throughout the day. Once you have cleansed your face, apply an ultra rich moisturiser rather than your usual daily.
We love: LUSH Skin Drink Moisturiser, R160
Step 3: De-puff your eyes
A common side effect of a hangover is overly puffy eyes. This is a tell-tale sign, but it can easily be disguised. While an everyday eye cream will hydrate the eye area, it won’t have the soothing properties of a more targeted eye treatment. Don’t have an eye de-puffing serum? A sure way to de-puff eyes is to wet a tea bag, put it in the fridge to cool and then place it over your eyes for 5 minutes – eyes are left refreshed and considerably less puffy than before.
We love: Clinique All About Eyes Serum, R350
Step 4: Colour Correct
Even out your skin tone and remove any red spots with a colour correcting primer. Green primer will counteract any redness and will brighten up your complexion.
We love: Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Adjust Primer, R355
Step 5: Foundation
As your skin is likely to be dry, opt for light coverage foundation or BB cream rather than a heavy foundation. A light foundation will give skin a sheer finish rather than a “caked-on” look.
We love: Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream, R79.95 | Yves Rocher Pure Light Foundation, R210
Step 6: Brighten
Once you have applied your foundation, apply a highlighter to brighten your face and remove any sallowness. A highlighting wand / cream would be more preferable than a pressed highlighting powder. Fake the appearance of bright eyes with a flesh coloured eyeliner applied in the lower waterline and a few lashings of mascara.
We love: MAC Strobe Cream, R335 | Inglot Soft Precision Eyeliner, R129 | Woolworths 3D Volume Mascara, R99.95
Step 7: Stick to a neutral palette
Avoid bright colours and bold make-up looks. A fresh-faced complexion is a sure way to hide your hangover, so for blusher stick to neutral peach shades (slightly darker if you have a darker complexion). A touch of tinted lip balm will do, however if you wish to wear lipstick, opt for a shade close to your lip colour and go for an ultra moisturizing formula.
We love: Stila Custom Color Self Adjusting Blush in Coral, R215 | The Body Shop Watermelon Born Lippy, R45 | Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, R105
Step 8: Fake fresh hair
If you hit the snooze button a few too many times in the morning and you are pressed for time, fake fresh hair with dry shampoo.
We love: Batista Cherry Dry Shampoo, R64.99