Ah, the hangover. There’s nothing worse than waking up after a crazy night out only to realise you look as bad as you feel. Thirsty Thursday is not for everybody! Panda 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 that dreaded hangover.
Step 1: Remove your make-up
No matter how late (or early) you get home – and despite how badly you want to curl up in a ball and go to sleep, it’s vital to remove your make-up. By removing it and applying a night cream, you give your skin a chance to rehydrate overnight and minimise some of the damage felt in morning. If you had a REALLY wild night and you just can’t, a simple make-up remover wipe will suffice, however, it won’t have the same cleansing effect.
Step 2: Hydrate your skin when you wake up
Alcohol has an extremely dehydrating effect on the body and seriously dries out your skin, which is why it is important that you hydrate. Be sure to drink a tall glass of water before bed and when you wake up. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water throughout the day to replenish those fluids. On the morning of your big day – post night out, apply an ultra-rich moisturiser or mask rather than your usual day cream.
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 feeling refreshed and considerably less puffy than before.
We love: Filorga Optim-Eyes Eye Contour Cream and Pond’s Flawless Radiance Eye Cream, R99,95. It’s always good to invest in a quality eye cream (and not just to hide hangover eyes).
Step 4: Colour Correct
Even out your skin tone, cover dark under-eye circles and remove any red spots with a colour correcting primer and concealer. Green corrector will counteract any redness and will brighten up your complexion, while the orange and peach tones neutralise dark spots and cancel out blue shadows that under-eye circles reflect.
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.
Step 6: Brighten
Once you have applied your foundation, apply a highlighter to brighten your face and remove any sallowness. A highlighting wand or cream would be your best weapon to achieve a lasting faux glow. Fake the appearance of bright eyes with a flesh, neutral coloured eyeliner applied in the lower waterline and add a few lashings of mascara if needed. If your eyes are red, you might want to take it easy on the mascara. We don’t want to attract any extra attention or second looks. They can dazzle tomorrow.
We love: The Yardley HD Pen Highlighter, R90. It’s a nifty little wand that you can apply on the go. Need some extra sparkle? Try L.A Girl StrobeLite Strobing Powder for a pretty pigmented gold dust.
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 when applying blusher stick to neutral shades (slightly darker if you have a darker complexion). A hint of peach or pink is all you need to fake a dewy complexion when you’re feeling slightly grey.
For lips? A touch of tinted lip balm will do, to nourish your pout after all those layers of lipstick stains – we love Maybelline’s Baby Lips for the silky effect and pop of colour. If you prefer wearing lipstick, opt for a shade close to your lip colour and go for an ultra moisturising formula. Chapped lips for what?
Step 8: Fake fresh hair
If you hit the snooze button a few too many times in the morning and you’re pressed for time, fake fresh hair with dry shampoo.
When all fails, wear some Paris Hilton-inspired sunglasses and go incognito.
Tip: Sadly these tips won’t fix that raging headache. You might want to start your day with a mega breakfast and all of the fluids you can get your hands on (non-wine variety). You’re “never drinking again”, remember?
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