Tis the season of excess. And with grave tiredness comes grave beauty dilemmas.
Yes, we've all been there. You have one too many cocktails at one of your many social commitments, only to wake up the next morning for work with a complexion that would frighten the devil.
But you have an important meeting, so looking tired and pale ain't an option. Thankfully, there are things you can do to alleviate and disguise the damage, says skin specialist and salon owner Karan Burke. For starters, you need to think preventively, so no matter how tired, or, ahem, wobbly you are, it's essential that you remove every trace of make-up before going to bed. No face wipes, allowed, we're talking a good double cleanse with a gentle but effective cleanser.
Following that, we should drench our skin in a good night cream. Alcohol, as we know, is chronically dehydrating, so you need a product that will replenish the skin with any lost moisture.
Then when you wake up, it's all about awakening the skin and injecting it with more moisture. Keep your make-up simple, advises Karan, who owns Ebano Hair and Beauty in Ballinteer. Keep your base light, as it won't sit as well as normal. Rather than applying foundation, opt instead for strategic concealing and a small about of BB cream. After that, a dab of cream blush and a nice lipstick will bring the colour back to your face. Tiredness? What tiredness!
Dos and Don'ts
● Never leave the house without your make-up bag, and most importantly, your concealer. Ensure that you are using a cream-based concealer. Karan's go-to concealer is by Fuschia, they do multi-purpose concealer palettes, priced from €13.50.
● If your eyes require a little extra attention, make sure to apply a light and bright colour concealer to open the eyes if they feel a bit gloomy.
● Invest in good eye drops. Optrex's Eye Dazzling, €5.67, are the best!
● Keep your eye cream in the fridge as the cold will help take down the puffiness.
● Avoid using dark shadows the morning after.
● Avoid heavy powders.
● Try, if you can, to skip foundation, opting instead for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
● Drink water throughout the day for optimum hydration. Sip a glass of water every 20-30 minutes to help replenish the lost fluids.
● Use a dry shampoo to make day-old hair look freshly blow-dried.
● Take your vitamins! Just 20-30 minutes before having a meal, take your chosen vitamin with a glass of water. Karan recommends Revive Active, €59. It is expensive but it yields results. This multi-vitamin will aid your body in regaining nutrients that have been depleted by alcohol consumption the night previous.
Apply a white or flesh-toned eyeliner along the water line. This is a great trick to disguise any redness which can be the result of a late night.
A step-by-step guide with skin specialist and salon owner Karan Burke
1. Alternate the temperature of your shower from hot to cold. This will open your pores and get rid of any skin impurities.
2. Apply your eye cream (which should be kept in fridge) and brightening eye drops.
3. Apply a serum under your usual moisturiser to give that extra hydration the skin needs. As well as hydration, the serum will help even out the skin's complexion which can sometimes look a bit rosy after a few drinks! My favourite is Pestle & Mortar's Pure Hyaluronic Serum, €44 (inset above), which is a terrific base for your make-up and the pure hyaluronic helps plump up those fine dehydration lines.
4. Use a cream-based concealer to illuminate any dark circles and build up the coverage needed to hide those unwanted bags after a night on the town.
5. Opt for a bright lip to draw attention away from the eyes, which are a tell-tale sign of tiredness.
6. Apply a highlighter to your cheeks, brow and nose bones as well as your cupid's bow and inner tear duct.
7. If you feel a slump coming on, spray your face with Dermalogica's Multi Active Toner, €34.70. The toner can be used over full make-up and will not smudge or move it.
Overnight Retinol Repair, €92, Dermalogica, available in selected salons nationwide
This product is a miracle in a tub, says Karan Burke. It hydrates, prevents water loss, stimulates collagen, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and stimulates cell renewal for brightness and a balanced skin tone.
Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, €22, Urban Decay, available in Debenhams stores nationwide
I've recommended this to endless people and have yet to come across one who hasn't fallen in love with it. It's particularly amazing at hiding dark circles. And no matter how much you apply, it blends seamlessly.
Pop & Glow, €14, No7, available in Boots stores nationwide
Gorgeous cream blushes that will enliven the complexion without making you look like Aunt Sally. Also, they're easy to use and last well.