In true mid-term style, early morning lectures are slowly but surely losing students to the dark abyss of winter mornings and the tempting thought of “well I could get up at this ungodly hour to go to a lecture I’ll sleep through, or I could stay in bed and watch the recording later” (apologies to those who don’t have the luxury of recorded lectures, my thoughts are with you). I am proud to say that I have not yet given into temptation and have attended every 8:30am lecture. Yes, I have three days off plus weekends to stay in bed, but that’s not the point (trust me, I often question what I am paying £9000 a year for).
Getting up for an 8:30 lecture is a constant struggle. I always allow the minimum amount of time I need to get ready (and then proceed to sleep through half of that time). I find makeup is a great way to hide my tired-looking eyes and make my dishevelled morning self look a little more acceptable. Of course, some people are naturally blessed with always looking presentable. F*** them. This routine is for those of you that, like me, wake up looking like a mole that has just emerged from underground/a ghost/a 12-year-old boy (date, anyone?), and need a little help to look more human.
The first product to use is by far the most important: concealer. This is a godsend for tired morning eyes and skin. I don’t know about you, but the stress of essays has decided to show itself through a nice collection of spots on my face. Thanks, life. Skip the foundation and banish those problem areas with a dab of concealer, or a whole tube, and you’ll instantly look more alive. I like to blend mine in with a brush but you can just as easily use your fingers. Apply it directly onto any spots/redness and under your eyes.
Secondly, you’ll want to use a face powder to set the concealer in place. You don’t need to cake this on for it to have an effect, just lightly brush it through the centre of your face and anywhere you applied concealer. Bang, and the shine is gone.
Next up is an optional step – eyeliner. I understand that some people struggle with eyeliner, so this may not be for everyone, but personally I feel like my eyes look bald without it. If you’re looking for a quick way of doing eyeliner, you can always roughly draw a line (by roughly I mean still fairly neat, don’t draw over your whole face) and smudge it out. Finally, add some mascara, a guaranteed way of making your eyes look more awake, and you’re good to go!
Now you just have to face the cold, dark winter morning and the struggle of trying to understand what the hell postmodernism is at 8:30am…