We’ve all been there. You’ve overdone it so much you want to jam your head in a paper bag and not leave bed all day.
When I first started uni, I believed there was only three known cures for a hangover. Greasy food, getting in bed and giving up. At 18 I thought all you could do to erase the night before was bin the half eaten kebab, call in sick and down a full fat coke.
For the days where you can’t hide in bed, I’ve learnt that a good foundation and a reliable concealer can (almost) cancel out all of your sins from the night before.
First up, you’ll need a good moisturiser to make up for all the nutrients and hydration your skins has lost. Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream (£28) is a heavy duty moisturiser worth the money. Slap it on and let in sink into your skin for 15 mins before applying your foundation.
When choosing a foundation, make sure you go for one that gives plenty of glow. Anything too matte will make your skin look even more dull and dehydrated. I love YSL’s Touche Eclat Foundation (all my flatmates also swear by it after a night out) I promise it is worth the £28 pricetag. I’ve heard great things about Sisley’s Phyto-Cernes Eclat (£58), which everyone raves about as a brilliant under-eye concealer and depuffer. The metal applicator promises to be ultra soothing but if you are looking for a killer concealer at a cheaper price Tanya Burr and Lisa Eldrige both rave about the ultra affordable Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£6.99).
Also worth mentioning is Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (£26) a renowned cult classic concealer. Combine the two colours after foundation to create the perfect custom coverage over still-visible blemishes and redness.
Once you have dealt with foundation and concealer targeting the extra tired/puffy/red areas, a CC cream will even everything out to give the skin an ultra glowing finish. L’Oréal Nude Magique CC Cream (£10) reduces redness but still keeps things looking natural and fresh.
If you still have a look of death about you, a blusher will sort you right out and bring that much needed rosiness back to your cheeks. A creme blush will look much fresher than a powder – apricot is universally flattering as is a rosy pink. At the high end nothing will give you an expensive glow better than Chanel Le Blush Crème (£27). But if you’re more cash than credit why not try the equally effective Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge (£19) or Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher (£6.99).
Lastly, nothing will revive your look quicker than a quick slick of killer lipstick. Alexa Chung swears by a red lippy and nothing else to banish the blues on a hangover day. I’ve found that Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner (£4.99) makes everything stay put and look better and brighter. As for lipsticks, you can’t go wrong with a fierce red from Topshop or, from the queen of rock n roll red, Kate Moss’s line from Rimmel.
Some final words of warning – don’t attempt any fancy eye make up with a shaky hand. Step away from your eyebrow pencil and liquid eyeliner, it will only end in tears. Also steer clear from all powders today, they are too dull and drying. Today your skin needs moisture and plenty of it. The aim is to look dewy and fresh, not just to layer a foundation mask over your death mask.
So even if you feel dreadful the morning after, these products will make sure you’ve hidden all the damage from the night before – at least on your face, some bad choices can never be erased.