We’ve all been there: Hangovers happen to the best of us. That few-drinks-too-many feeling isn’t the end of the world, but if you need to roll into the office or, say, have brunch with your mom the next morning (sorry, Mom), you might not be so keen on looking a little bit worse for wear. We’re not doctors, but we do consider ourselves veritable experts on the art of hiding a hangover—and fast. These are our favorite tips for keeping our nightlife shenanigans under wraps come morning.
Wash your face.
There’s a pretty good chance that your twice-daily wash-tone-moisturize routine didn’t go exactly as planned last night. It may seem obvious, but the first step to looking like the previous evening never happened is to remove your makeup and lather up with a cleanser, because last night’s caked-on eyeliner is kind of a dead giveaway. Try a formula with refreshing ingredients like menthol or citrus, and finish off with a splash of cold water.
Drink water. A lot of water.
While you’re running that cold tap, chug as much water as you can bear. Even if you don’t feel thirsty (though, let’s face it, you probably do), much of alcohol’s physical side effects are caused by dehydration. You look better and feel better when you’re hydrated.
Use a glow-enhancing, skin tone-evening base product.
You’re definitely going to want to skip the powder foundation today. Anything too drying or mask-like will only emphasize the greenish pallor we all seem to acquire after a long night, so the less coverage you can get away with, the better. A hydrating tinted moisturizer or a radiance-enhancing primer is ideal—Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer ($48, nordstrom.com) covers all those bases and more—just for evening out the surface of your skin. If any blemishes popped up overnight (isn’t it weird how that happens?), dab on a concealer with salicylic acid, like Almay Clear Complexion Concealer ($7.99, ulta.com), to stop them in their tracks.
One word: highlighter.
The thing about hangovers is that they just sort of suck the life out of you, which is why you’ll want to do everything you can to mimic the appearance of good health. A highlighting concealer like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat ($41, yslbeautyus.com) is a godsend for brightening up dark, purple-tinged circles, which always seem to grow exponentially worse after a night of drinking. A pearly luminizer used sparingly on cheekbones and in the inner corners of eyes does wonders even if you’re not wearing any makeup.
Open up your eyes!
Not literally, but we all know that the worst part of a hangover is being, and looking, crazy tired. A nude liner like NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte ($24, narscosmetics.com) in your lower waterline makes eyes look bigger, brighter, and more awake, and an eyelash curler is your best friend in these times of need. And if you can get away with wearing sunglasses, duh, go for it.
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