7 hangover beauty essentials for the morning after
Been there, done that. Party season has rolled into town, bringing late nights, decadent diets and searing headaches with it. We're happy to suffer a hangover for the sake of a good night, but when the effects start to show themselves - a little too obviously - on the face, not so much.
Alcohol and skin do not mix, as anyone who's woken up looking dull, ruddy and panda-eyed can attest. But that doesn't mean you have to forsake the champagne - with these quick-fix beauty hacks under your belt, no-one need ever know just what you got up to the night (or nights...) before.
1. Too Faced's Hangover Primer is made for situations like these - packed with coconut water and probiotics, it acts like an energy drink for the skin, replenishing moisture levels and providing a smooth base for make-up. It now comes in a nifty travel size so you can keep one in your clutch.
2. A brightening concealer is a boon for dark circles - but cakey, drying formulas only accentuate the problem. Look for something ultra-hydrating, such as the Fake Up! Crease-Control Concealer by Benefit, which contains a stick of long-lasting pigment surrounded by nourishing eye cream.
3. Daily application of an antioxidant serum should keep skin glowing all party season long, no matter how little sleep you're getting. Any serum rich in Vitamin C will do the job, but right now we're loving the new Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir.
4. Supercharge tired skin for the day ahead with a rejuvenating mask - La Mer's The Intensive Revitalising Mask works in just eight minutes, so there's no excuses - pop on once you've dragged yourself out of bed and let it work its magic while you brush your teeth, pop a Panadol and feel sorry for yourself.
5. Chanel's Highlighter Face Pen is a skin-brightening essential - the nifty pen packaging makes it perfect for giving a lift to the eye area. Dot it on the tops of cheekbones and in the inner corners of the eye for instant radiance.
6. Don't be tempted to define sleep-deprived eyes with black eyeliner - in your current state, it will only make things worse. Instead, keep things natural - or at least looking that way - with a flick of mascara and nude eyeliner on your lower lash line only. The nude colour conceals any redness (and unlike white, will still look natural). Try the Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Liner in Nude by Tarte.
7. Your eyes need the most work when you're tired - if they still need some extra help post highlighting, try a wash of creamy, neutral shadow with a subtle shimmer. Bobbi Brown's Long-wear Cream Shadow in Bone is your best bet as it will outlast your 9-5 without creasing or melting down your cheeks, plus the colour is nice and natural.
Skin still need some saving? Make like ultimate party girl Kate Moss with this invigorating trick. Rumour has it she used to plunge her face in a basin filled with iced water and cucumber for an instant complexion wake-up call. If it's good enough for Mossy...
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