As if feeling like death isn't enough, hangovers can bring with them the joys of puffy eyes, dull, uneven skin tone, and cranky facial expressions. While makeup can't do much to remedy the latter (though it always brings a smile to my face), it can work wonders at making you look much brighter, fresher, and wide awake than you really feel.
A friend of mine got married a couple weeks ago (congrats again, Mel!) and let's just say I wasn't feeling my best the next morning. It could have been much worse (with age comes the occasional exertion of restraint), but I was still left with droopy eyes and patchy skin that seemed to mock me: "You're 30 now! You can't get away with topping off a wedding feast with wine, beer, and tequila anymore". "Pfffft", I wanted to retort, but my sassy inner critic was right. I needed some makeup to freshen things up!
Here's a shot of the finished makeup look:
While it's initially tempting to slather on thick layers of makeup to hide the damage, I find that smaller amounts of strategically-placed makeup can go a long way to make the face look brighter and more awake. I focused on dewy skin, glowy cheeks and eyes, lush lashes, and natural pink-toned lips.
I did go for a fuller-coverage foundation (my trusty Revlon ColourStay) to mask redness, but used a light hand when applying it. I paired it with a creamy concealer to wake up my eyes (the fab BeneFit Fake-Up) and a dewy, coral-toned cream blush to add a glowy flush to my cheeks (Stila Gerbera, so pretty!). I then applied a super sheer layer of mattifying powder just to set things. If your skin isn't oily like mine, you can totally skip this step! The less powder, the fresher things will look!
I kept the eyes super simple, opting for a shimmery beige colour, Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Bountiful Beige, focusing on the centre of the lid and inner corner of the eyes. It brings so much light to the eye area! I paired it with my favourite brown eyeliner (as black can be a bit harsh) and black mascara to further open up the eyes. For lips, I chose Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure, which is a lovely glowy pink. And voila! I suddenly wasn't looking like I'd had one too many cocktails and not enough sleep the night before!
Foundation: Revlon ColourStay Liquid Foundation (Combination/Oily formula) in Buff
Concealer: BeneFit Fake-Up in Light (under eyes) and Hard Candy Glamouflage in Light (on redness and blemishes)
Powder: Hard Candy Welcome Matte Translucent Mattifying Powder (lightly)
Bronzer: Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder #51 (to contour and add warmth to the face)
Blush: Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera topped with a light dusting of NARS Deep Throat
Highlighter: MAC Eye Shadow in Ricepaper (on bridge of nose and cheek bones)
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Eye Shadow: Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Bountiful Beige
Eyeliner: Tarte emphasEyes Clay Liner in Brown
Mascara: Clinique Lash Doubling in Black
Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure
And a few more shots of the look, in various lighting:
|Yes, that's right. I'm in my high school bedroom. Say hello to Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins! :)|
Overall, I was really happy with how this makeup look brought some much-needed light and life to my tired face. There's something about looking fresh that actually makes you feel a bit fresher, I think. Fake it till you make it!
So for all you faced with a lineup of parties this summer (and coinciding lines of tequila shots), remember that just a touch of makeup the next day can really do wonders to fool everyone into believing that you were actually a very good girl the night before ;)
What are some of your favourite anti-hangover skin care and makeup tricks?
Thanks for reading! :)