How to Look Fresh and Bright-Eyed Despite Your HangoverMonday, December 24, 2012
'Tis the day before Christmas, and I'm sure you all have some fabulous plans in place this holiday season! With all the partying and celebrating going on, the morning after inevitably follows, and I'm here to help you make sure that your skin is still glowing and fresh for that morning breakfast with the family and loved ones!
I wrote a post a while back about the morning after a big night out, and what products you can use to give your skin the TLC it needs. This post is all about the makeup, and how you can use it to mask your hangover, and to help get that glowing, healthy, wide-eyed look.
Sheer, Dewy-finish Foundation
When it comes to foundation, less is more! Use something that will even out your skin tone and cancel out any redness, whilst still allowing your skin to breathe. I love the cult-favourite Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (RRP AUD 59). It has such amazing coverage for a tinted moisturiser, yet still so light on the skin (plus they have just expanded their colour range, so you can get an even closer match to your skin tone - the secret to natural, healthy-looking skin!).
If you are very fair, I highly recommend the Luview Aqua Essence Whitening BB Cream - it is amazingly light and watery, so it doesn't feel heavy or cakey on your skin. It also has the most gorgeous luminous finish.
Strong, Un-Polished Brows
Fill your brows in with a powder so that they look more natural, and make them nice and strong. For a less polished look, try not to draw a straight line on the top line of your brows. Instead, use light, upward strokes to soften that top line and deposit colour lightly and evenly.
My favourite brow powder by far is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express Kit in Brunette. If you're looking for a more affordable eyebrow kit, try the brand new Face of Australia HD Brow Kit (RRP AUD 9.45), which features two brow powders, a brow wax, a brush, and a pair of tweezers. For international buyers, this product should be available soon on the Fashion Addict website.
Placing your blush high up on your cheeks will lift your face, and really brighten it. Since you are placing the blush so high up on your cheekbones, you can either use a blush with a matte finish or a shimmer finish. My personal favourites are the Tom Ford Cheek Color in Narcissist, and the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub.
The morning after unavoidably involves red, puffy eyes. A great way to mask that hangover is to get rid of any redness, especially around your eyes.
A great product to use is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude. Its flesh-toned colour blends in well with your skin (a white coloured eyeliner pencil would be too stark) and its waterproof texture allows you to apply the pencil to your waterline with great lasting power.
A peachy toned concealer is perfect to mask any dark circles and eliminate any further redness. Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer is the perfect concealer for the undereye area because it is easy to blend, and a very small amount is enough to conceal unwanted dark circles. I also love using a brightening concealer - my favourite is the Clinique Airbrush Concealer.
Applying a jet-black eyeliner in a flick, only on your upper lashline, is a great way to achieve that doe-eyed look. In the spirit of keeping the entire makeup look easy and with minimal need for brushes, I recommend using the Rimme Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black.
Curl Your Lashes
It is so important to curl your eyelashes when you want to look more awake! They really open up your eyes and make them look so much more feminine and pretty! I stayed away from the Shu Uemura eyelash curler for a long time, but when my sister had a layover in Changi Airport, I decided to ask her to help me get it. It does curl the eyelashes much better than any eyelash curler I've ever used, I have to admit.
My current go-to mascara? The Clinique High Impact mascara. It is a mascara that I have come back to again and again, and is probably one of my favourites next to the Benefit They're Real mascara.
Apply highlighter to the centre of your lower lashline and the inner corners of your eyes to open your eyes up and make them look much brighter. I like TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer because it is very pigmented and easy to apply.
And that should give you a lovely, wide-eyed, glowing makeup look that's super flattering and perfect for Christmas morning. Thanks for reading! x