We all love a glamorous party with music, dancing and drinks – not to mention the champagne. The following morning, though, is another story: we’ve all woken up not being able to keep our eyes open, suffering from a headache and showing the signs of fatigue on our face and in our eyes. Especially these festive December days, we’re all looking for hangover cures and remedies to make sure we can have the best of both worlds.
So what’s a lady gotta do? Follow our 9 simple steps to look your best regardless of what happened last night.
By Evi Georgiou
Hydrate from within
We’ve all heard that booze causes our body to dehydrate. In order to avoid a persistent headache – a direct symptom of this loss of fluids – it’s good to remember to drink at least two glasses of water along with each drink.
Don’t forget to do so the following day too: drink lots of water. Even better than regular water is coconut water, as it will take away the dullness and tiredness of the skin. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, sodium and minerals, all of which are going to help your body maintain its natural hydration. Combined with B complex vitamins, it can be a lifesaver.
Coffee may wake you up, but it also dehydrates you. Avoid coffee the morning after. Instead, choose a vegetable or banana smoothie. They will replenish your electrolytes and potassium. Remember to also go for a light breakfast rather than heavy, fatty food. Your body is trying to recover and you don’t want to make it work any harder.
Cleanse your skin
Pretty much the first thing you should do when you wake up with that dreadful hangover is to remove any leftover makeup. Wash your face with warm water and use a detox lotion. Then turn the tap to cold water – the colder the better. This is a temporary but very effective trick: the cold water will reduce puffiness and firm up your pores.
Apply a rich day cream
It’s time for us to share a top model beauty secret with you: in the morning after you’ve partied, make sure you apply a face cream with rich texture. That’s what the goddesses of couture do during fashion weeks. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux starts by massaging the face with oil before he applies a rich day cream and serum. This pleasant ritual will seal your favorite products’ active ingredients into your skin and ensure each can reach the full extent of its potential.
Apply an instant mask
Keep some instant face masks in your beauty armory for such occasions. Apply an instant glow mask for a couple of minutes as well as eye patches, which will drive away puffiness and dark circles. You can even opt to keep them in the fridge to make them feel cooler and more refreshing.
Use a concealer or highlighter
A concealer in an orange hue is ideal for applying under your eyes as a hangover cure. It will reduce redness and swelling and camouflage dark circles. Our top recommendation for this is Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, which reflects the light and really makes your skin look like you’ve slept a full eight hours.
Brighten your eyes
The day after, you want your eyes to look less red, bigger and brighter. The secret to that is a beige eye pencil or eyeliner. As for eyeshadow, go for light and natural – neutral lights and white shadow or pencil in the inside corner of the eye. Avoid black, metallics and dark colors. Don’t forget to apply two layers of mascara to make your eyes pop.
Give your cheeks and lips a boost
To brighten up your face in an instant, apply a playful, youthful pink blush on your cheekbones. You can do the same for the lips, but do consider a deep red too, to stay alluring despite your hangover.
Refresh your hair
If you can’t find the time to wash your hair, apply a dry shampoo to the roots. It will remove any unpleasant party smells as well as oiliness.
The Beauty Editor
Evi Georgiou is a philologist, writer, blogger and editor passionate for the magical world of beauty. She studied philology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Philology. Her postgraduate studies were in Special Education at the same university. She writes about beauty and runs a Greek beauty blog, All Things you Are. She has been awarded the Best Beauty Blog 2014 prize at the Marie Claire Blog Awards and has also worked as a spokesperson for StriVectin cosmetics. Her collaborations include being guest beauty editor in Marie Claire magazine and their website, as well as working as a beauty editor for IQ Beaute.
She was born in Athens, where she continues to live in pursuit of beauty and high aesthetics.