Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hide Your Post-Holiday Hangover



Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Summer is officially upon us. And with the warmer weather comes enjoying the sunshine with happy hours, beach days, backyard cookouts and boat trips...all of which usually involve (sometimes a lot of) boozing. And those of us over the age of 25 know that leads to your body's rebellion against having two margaritas and you wake up with one helluva hangover. Hey, it happens. No one here is judging you. We've all been there. But unfortunately, gone are the days of college invincibility when going out on a Thursday and being able to make it to class or work in the morning was no thing. 




So, we're not our bionic college selves. Some might even say that's personal growth. But we've all had our moments. And here a few ways I've found to at least look like you weren't out reliving your glory days past your bedtime. If crawling back in bed is not an option, you can definitely mask the telltale signs of a night out.

How to Hide a Hangover in Five Steps


1. Hydrate.  Everything is dehydrated. You. Your skin. Your brain. Drink water, Gatorade, coconut water or my new favorite remedy, watermelon juice (just make sure to juice that bad boy the day before. Running a blender with a raging headache is pretty awful.) 
Now, hydrate your skin and slather on some moisturizer. Bonus points if you have a hydrating spray, like Benefit Ultra Radiance Re-hydrating mist or Boots Facial Hydrating Spray.  Even better if you've stored it in the fridge for a little while to really perk you up. 



2. De-puff. Send those under eye bags packing with a couple of spoons from the freezer. Place them over your eyes until they no longer feel cold to constrict the vessels around your eyes and help banish some of the puff.  
You can also use a brightening eye cream, like It's Potent, as a mask. Apply a generous layer just above your cheekbones with a Q Tip and leave on for about 15 minutes (while you peruse Instagram and untag unflattering photos from the night before), until most of it has been able to sink into your skin. Using a foundation brush for wider coverage, apply concealer under eyes, especially by the bridge of the nose, mixing with the leftover eye cream for instant brightening. 



3. Skin rescue. Now, let's get rid of that dull pallor. I highly recommend Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.  It's an investment at $46, but I love how it smooths on to cover flaws, brightens and makes skin look gorgeous. Pat a layer over skin, then follow with a BB cream. No one needs to worry with brushes and sponges and full coverage foundation on a morning like this. 
Then dab some highlighter to your cheekbones and along your browbone. I like this illuminator from Sonia Kashuk because it blends really well and gives just the right amount of lumosity. Don't forget blush! Dab on some cream blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingers. This will instantly perk you up and make you look like you're not dying. 

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4. All about eyes. Use a light, shimmery (but not glittery) cream shadow, like Stila's Kitten Smudge Crayon or the very budget friendly and long lasting CoverGirl Bombshell Shineshadow, on the lid, making sure to apply some to the inner corners of your eyes to brighten them up.
Curl your lashes. Don't skip this. It really makes a huge difference in opening up those peepers. Line the waterline with a flesh toned pencil, like my favorite NYX Wonder Pencil. It will help cancel out the redness of your bloodshot eyes. Finish by applying a couple of coats of mascara. Keep the eyes soft and natural, because they're usually the hangover giveaway. 
   
Nude eyeliner in the waterline to brighten up whites of eyes



4. When all else fails, distract! Apply a little lip stain, layer a bright lipstick over it, or my new favorite tinted balm from Pixi, and grin and bear it. 


Pop a few ibuprofen (avoid Tylenol...this can potentially cause some pretty serious liver damage), grab some water and your re-hydrating spray for touch ups during the day and promise that you'll never drink again. Until your next booze cruise. No judgment. I'll bring the beergaritas

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