From bags to sallow complexion, a heavy night in the Lemmy always shows on your face in the morning – but never fear! Here are some top tips to stay looking fresh all day.
First step is to moisturise. It’s so important to keep your skin hydrated after a night out, and a big part of this is putting on some moisturiser before you put your makeup on – although be sure to allow it to fully absorb into your skin or it can make your foundation look patchy. For those with oily skin who worry about moisturiser wreaking havoc with your t-zone, please don’t skip this step, oily skin that isn’t kept moisturised overproduces oil to compensate, instead look for oil reducing moisturisers like Garnier moisture + matte or simple clear skin oil balancing moisturiser. I match my oil defence moisturiser with a radiance cream by simple, to give more of a dewy fresh look, as it has light-reflecting qualities that detract from a pale complexion.
For a hangover day, avoid heavy powders and foundation, especially if you had a heavy makeup routine for going out! BB creams or pigmented moisturisers are a good way to keep your skin looking healthy without clogging your skin and weighing it down. Looking for a good BB cream can be tough, but don’t forget to look in the skincare aisle with Simple, Garnier, Olay and so on for BB-creams with skin benefiting ingredients, rather than at the makeup counter. Some good skincare BB creams are Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (with an oil free alternative), and Olay complete BB cream that also has SPF 15. I find using a beauty blender or sponge gives me better coverage, and these sponges can be bought in any shop with makeup for very cheap. This may seem like a no-brainer, but buy a makeup sponge not a dishcleaning sponge as a cheaper alternative because they’re very abrasive for your skin which can be damaging!
One of the main issues with hangovers is looking tired, and there’s some really great ways of covering this. First, Caffeine Roll On are a gift to students everywhere and work quickly to eliminate dark under-eye circles. However, it’s important to keep your eyes hydrated, so first use an eye moisturiser to attempt to de-puff. Avoid getting face moisturiser around the eye area because the skin is there sensitive and reacts differently to the active ingredients in facial moisturisers. Although, this may not be enough – use a pink/orange/red concealer to cancel the purple tones, and then use an under-eye brightening concealer to look more awake! There are many different types out there and I would recommend trying different ones and figuring it out for yourself: Benefit’s Erase Paste is a life saver for me but a little on the pricey side, so Maybelline’s Eye Eraser, or L’Oreal Lumi Magique concealer are cheaper alternatives.
Put your contour palette down for today and pick up a light blush and, if you have a highlighter, use it sparingly. Body Shop sell light reflecting pearls that have a more rosy tone for a softer highlight whereas Benefit High Beam and the like can cause a bit of a harsh shine on your face and potentially make you look more sallow. Doing your eyebrows can also go a long way to making you look awake and put together – remember not too dark, just line and fill and brush them through for a natural finish.
Hopefully this advice has you looking a bit fresher ready to take on the day… Or just do nothing and have a lazy one. Either way, good luck hiding that hangover!