Too much partying and not enough sleep can leave telltale signs all over your face. Cheat your way to perfect post-party skin with a few simple tricks and tips. Whether your goal is to hide your dark circles, puffy face or lacklustre complexion, you don't need to hide under your duvet the morning after the night before.
I keep my eye cream in the fridge and I'm always grateful post-party. When you're running late for work and feeling dreadful you may not have time to sit with eye pads on your eyes, but a cooling eye cream will instantly calm puffiness. Eye gels infused with caffeine should be your go-to.
Disguise Dark Circles
Skip the super-heavy concealer, which will only emphasise the problem, and reach for a light-reflecting creamy concealer to disguise dark circles. The light-reflecting pigments will brighten up the eye area and the creamy formula will even out your skin tone. Even if you can't be bothered to apply any eye make-up, a quick dab of the right concealer will do wonders. The Lacura Concealer pen, £3.49 is a great budget option.
Give dull, dehydrated skin an instant boost with a quick-fix spray. Lack of sleep and too much alcohol can rob your skin of moisture and radiance. The Body Shop's Vitamin C Skin Reviver is a post-party must-have for tired skin. Spritz freshly cleansed skin with the spray to instantly perk up your complexion. The light-reflective particles boost skins radiance making your complexion look brighter and fresher. It also puts moisture back into thirsty skin allowing your make-up to glide on smoother.
When I'm hiding the evidence of a great night-before, I like to keep my foundation light and flawless. A mineral product that makes the skin look dewy is the perfect fix. If you prefer liquid products, look out for a foundation that contains added skin-boosting properties like Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation. It has illuminating particles that gives skin a radiant glow and added peptides to boost elasticity helping it recover more quickly, while of course evening out your complexion and disguising discolouration.
Peach hues instantly brighten and perk up tired skin and it should be your go-to hue when you've not had your beauty sleep. Opt for a cream blush formula for added moisture and gently blend across your cheekbones using your fingers to warm up your complexion.
Minimal Eye Make-up
Skip the dark eye shadows on fatigued mornings, which only draw attention to tired eyes. Instead, sweep a neutral nude shadow across your lids - I like BareMinerals Ready eye shadow in Top Shelf. It has no nasty chemicals and contains caffeine, cold-pressed borage oil and cucumber-ingredients to help reduce puffiness. Finish with a couple of coats of mascara and curl your lashes to create a wide-awake look.