How to put on a brave face: 10 hungover beauty tricks
Published 21/12/2014 | 00:00
Big day ahead after an even bigger night before? Follow our sneaky beauty tricks and no one will be any the wiser that you didn’t actually “wake up like this”.
Did you know having one to two drinks has the same effect that a drying plane ride has on your skin- that explains why we wake up looking more like Mrs Doubtfire than Miss Ireland.
As drinking and partying is so ingrained in our culture, so too are mornings spent looking haggard and whizzen.
Here is how to cheat your way to a hangover poker face:
1. Bare Face Cheek
We’ve all heard prevention in the best cure (blah blah boring) but do your face a favour- take off the slap.
Even if it’s with a baby wipe, slather on some moisturiser after and your skin will thank you for it in the morning and there won’t be a panda eye in sight.
In the morning, splash your face with cold water, as the cool temperature reduces puffiness and tightens pores.
2. No Scrubs
Tired skin will benefit from some gentle exfoliation. A quick scrub will get rid of the dull top layer of skin and bring blood to the surface making your face look plumper.
3. Masked Crusader
According to top facialists, oatmeal is incredibly soothing.
Combine one cup of cooked oatmeal with four teaspoons of honey and 1/4th cup milk for a salon worthy treatment, without the cost or hassle.
Oats soothes the skin by calming inflammation, while honey hydrates and milk gently peels.
A can of fizz may be calling your name, but it is essential to re-hydrate your body to get yourself alkaline again.
Chug some water (I find refrigerating a bottle of tap water over night is the best way) and your skin will instantly appear plumper and more refreshed.
Add some lemon to the mix to help flush out the toxins.
If you are expected in the office first thing in the morning, do yourself a favour and have at least one glass before sleep to prevent dehydration.
5. Sleeping Beauty
Hit the hay with your head propped up on an extra pillow, this will help eliminate eye puffiness.
6. Fight the Frizz
Does your hair instantly signal "dragged through a bush backwards" and smell like a mixture of Jager and sins?
Dry shampoo and serums are ten a penny, but the real hero here is a dryer sheet.
Use a dryer sheet to tame frizzy hair by smoothing over the strands and roots- at the same time, it will also remove any odors from the night before.
(We can’t promise it’ll do the same for The Fear).
7. Jeepers Peepers
Pop two spoons in the freezer and place them under your eyes to reduce puffiness. (Chilled tea bags or cucumber slices also work well).
Then, curl the eyelashes, and add a few extra coats of black mascara then you usually would (hello, we need all the help we can get here.)
8. Misty Mornings
Here’s a little secret- a mineral water or rosewater facial spray is a Monday morning must after a particularly heavy Sunday Session.
Mac Fix + works wonders, but you can also make your own one using pharmacy bought rosewater and a few drops of argan oil.
9. Club Tropicana
If you are usually a caffeine fiend, ditch the java for something more exotic.
The sugars from fruits will do a much better job and hydrating you and stabilising your blood sugar, and coconut water will replenish lost electrolytes making you instantly perkier.
10. Pop of Pink
According to make up artists, sometimes the only way to hide bleary eyes is to play up another feature.
Wake up your face with a pink or peach blusher (light peachy shades and pinks flatter pale skin tones, warm apricot shades suit olive skin tones and plum and coral flatter darker skin tones).
Alternatively, reach for a bright red or fuchsia lippie, to take attention away from the tell tale under eye shadows.