Looking good on a hangover
Last night was great. You danced until dawn and drank the bar dry. But now you need some serious help to erase the effects of a hangover from hell
Alcohol is the number one dehydrator and your skin is going to be a virtual desert during the party season. First, carefully clean off the remains of last night with a thorough cleanser. Mario Badescu's Glycoclic foaming cleanser should do the trick and ensure that your pores recover ASAP.
If you have time, apply a deep-conditioning face mask. Eve Lom's Rescue Mask is a perfect in-depth treatment for attention-seeking skin and it give immediate results. Origins Clear Improvement Mask is also recommended for its pore-refining powers. Either will give skin a much-needed boost of vitality. No time? A generous application of a rich face cream will suffice. Yu-Be, the number one selling cream in Japan, is now available in the UK and its soothing formulation will improve texture and ensure healthy-looking skin.
Next, focus on your eyes. A night on the tiles will have left them blood-shot and smoke-filled. A couple of Optrex Eyedrops should brighten and revive them instantly. Failing that rest your head for ten minutes and place Oscar + Dehn's Hangover From Hell eye mask over them for a soothing treat. Fight post-party puffiness by liberally applying Stri-Vectin, eye cream, a formulation which is being hailed as the next best thing to Botox! This is guaranteed to eradicate puffiness and whittle fine lines away and help you look bright-eyed.
The more the merrier should not be your mantra when it comes to make-up. You want your skin to appear healthy. The good news is that you only need a few products to achieve this.
Skip heavy matt foundation. It will flake and cake as the day goes on. Instead, pep up your tired skin with a light base. First apply Clarins Beauty Flash Balm for an even texture before using a light base such as Chanctecaille's Real Skin which will give you a sheer natural finish and a radiant gleam.
Address those dark circles under your eyes. Women the world-over swear by the magic light reflective properties of Radiant Touch by Yves Saint Laurent. Apply this under your eyes and the brightening effects will be immediate.
Use some eyelash curlers if your hands are steady. They might look like medieval torture, but they're pain-free and will instantly make you look awake. For definition, pile on Kiss Me mascara. This brand is perfect after a heavy night as it won't flake or smear. Make sure you ditch your normal black for a softer navy though as this will emphasise the white of your eyes.
Apply a pink blusher to the apples of your cheek to give a glow and no hint of a hangover. Stila's Convertible Colour in Gerbera and Pouts' Flushed Pink are both a youthful pink shade and are a guaranteed pick-me-up.
Finally, slick on some moisturising lipstick. Guerlain's Kiss Kiss range and Chantecaille's luxurious Sheer Lipstick both provide radiant colour in a rich formulation that won't make your lips dry out. Opt for this season's favourite shades, rich reds and plums.