We’ve all been there. Whether it’s up all night with the kids or out all night with friends, the remnants of an all-nighter is an ugly tell-tale sign o’ the times (to quote Prince). This can prove particularly difficult when you have somewhere to be the day after pulling an all nighter.
Here are a few tips that will have you looking refreshed, AKA ‘faking eight hours sleep’ when you have more than likely only had three. Follow them and you’ll be looking as well rested as Snow White after the whole poison-apple coffin-rest slumber thing.
Ensure you are hydrated. Keep a water bottle at your bedside and sip, sip and oh yeah, sip. Hydration will ensure that your skin doesn’t look parched and will work wonders on a post-alcohol induced anti-glow. If you’ve been drinking, this will also help you fight the 4am spin and spew.
Slap on the moisturiser. This is particularly important if you have a dry skin type. Moisturise, wait a few minutes and then slap on something like MAC’s Strobe Cream – it’s the ‘glow from within’ in a bottle. The stuff of miracles. If your skin leans more towards the oily side, maybe skip the Strobe Cream all over and focus it on the high points of your face, like your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and cupid’s bow.
Even out your skin. Most skin needs a little evening-out at the best of times, but none more so than when it is tired. Blotchiness is the ultimate informer of fatigued skin, so try to go for the sheerest application possible. Consider diluting your fave foundation with a little moisturiser (or Strobe Cream if your skin is really dry) to keep it looking fresh. Conceal where needed with a small precision brush, or fingertips.
Conceal those under-eye bags! What you use will depend on the severity of the circles. If it’s an innocent, slightly puffed look, you might get away with something like Garnier Anti-Dark Circles Roll-On. Keep this baby in the fridge so the roller ball is nice and chilled. If your circles are more akin to Jon English, then you need to pull out the big guns. Chill two stainless steel spoons and apply directly on the bags for a few minutes and then use something heavy-duty, like Benefit Boi-ing – it’s known as the ‘industrial-strengh’ concealer. Be sure to set with a finely milled powder like Benefit Powderflage.
Bright Eyes. Keep the make up around your eye area light. You’re aiming for a wide-awake look, even if you woke up looking more like Alice Cooper. A flesh-toned beige or pink eye pencil on your waterline (the inside rim of your eye) is your best friend. White can look a little artificial, but use what works for you. Something like Benefit Eye Bright or Napoleon Perdis Eye Bright Inner Rim Eyeliner is perfect. Dab a little of this on the inside corners of your eye near the tear duct too. If your eyes are super bloodshot, try a couple of drops of Murine Clear Eyes.
Coat those lashes in black mascara! Mascara, particularly for those of us with light lashes, will make your eyes look larger, but don’t forget to curl your lashes first. This makes a HUGE difference and really opens the eye up like nothing else. The only trick here is to brush through the lashes following application – this will ensure that any clumping is non-existent. The best tool for this is the other end of a brow brush – you know, the one that we’ve always wondered, “what the hell is that for?”
Flushed cheeks. Add some colour to your cheeks. The best colour for you is the colour that you naturally flush, so think about the shade your cheeks take on after exercise. I find a pinky/peachy toned hue is the most universally flattering, so try a cream blush like NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural. If you are of an oily skin type, try setting this with a powder blush of a similar tone, like MAC Peachykeen to increase longevity.
Give some lip. Never underestimate the power of a bright lip. If your lips are dry from a night of drinking or open-mouthed cold-induced breathing, slather them in an ointment like Lanolips 101 Ointment before you start your make up. Take a cotton bud and gently buff off any dead skin (hot) prior to applying any coloured product. Try swiping on a bit of colour in a hydrating formula, like Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mightiest Marachino or Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sorbet.
If you just can’t seem to pull it together, wash your face, brush your hair, chuck on some BIG Sunnies and tell everyone that you’ve got conjunctivitis. It’ll ensure that no one will get close enough to see that you’ve been up all night rocking the bottle – whether it be tequila or baby formula.