How to look pulled together when you’re totally hungover
Fri, 16 December 2016 10:51AM
Ugh, silly season. It’s all fun and games popping bottles on a Tuesday night, until 7am rolls around and you don’t have the luxury of throwing your phone against the wall and going back to sleep for 70 years.
Yep, it’s a lifestyle of work-day hangovers – so how exactly do you fake being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, when really you’re dying inside and want to bury yourself face-first in a breakfast burrito?
Break out the illuminator
This is not the time to be shy with the glow. We’ve gone on at length about how great illuminating primer is for faking awake-ness, so that’s a good starting point (after at least rinsing your face, of course). You’ll be amazed by how *zing* you look just by adding one of these before your foundation. Also, get some illuminating powder – one that isn’t too sparkly, just gives a nice gentle sheen – and dust it all over your face, not just the high points. Stick to a light dusting, don’t get heavy handed!
Curl your lashes
The idea of using a lash curling contraption when you can barely keep your eyes open seems like a recipe for disaster – but trust us when we say if you do this one step, your makeup look will go from a 6 to a 9/10, AND you get the added bonus of looking way happier to be in this world thank you actually are. Just clamp lashes gently at the roots, then release after a few seconds and go in as normal with your mascara.
Don’t use eyeliner
Firstly, because you won’t manage it in a neat fashion, let’s be honest. Secondly, because you’ve probably got some smudged old mascara/liner on your lashes anyway, which is adding a bit of definition. And thirdly, because lashes with a simple swipe of mascara and nothing else are the freshest look anyone can muster, so naturally they’re your go-to. Just neaten up whatever smudginess is still there, add extra mascara and get to it.
Most hangovers come complete with a deathly pale face, so this isn’t the time to skimp on bronzer and blush. Don’t go overboard, but adding some bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, and a little blush on the apples will brighten up your complexion quick-smart.
When in doubt, go for a bright lip
Again, like our skin, when we’re hungover our lips tend to, well, disappear into our face. Basically, the colour seems to drain from them so going lipstick-free won’t make you seem ok with life. You can try a nude, but for real wow/fresh factor, try a hot pink or orange-based red lip.
Posted by: Melissa Mason