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Hangover Cure Via Makeup

Hangover Cure Via Makeup

Or, how to not look like death when you feel like death. 


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You know those mornings after you have a bit of a party, and you still need to get up, greet the general public, or not run screaming from your own reflection? But, you're also hungover from the said party and getting out of bed sounds like the worst plan in the world?

Yeah, pretty sure we've all been there. This is the makeup for those days, set in order of how much effort you are willing to expand.

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The Basics

So, it's very likely that you'll need to put on your makeup with mostly just your fingers. For safety's sake and probably a little bit of laziness. No biggie.

You'll probably also need some moisture because if you really are hungover, your skin will probably be dry as hell. It happens! So, go wash your hands and grab a tinted moisturizer. I like the *Physicians Formula Super BB because it's actually relatively high in coverage. 

Slap on that tinted moisturizer with your fingers and dab away any dark circles with your favorite concealer. For heavy duty eye baggage I go for the *Stowaway Cosmetics Creaseless Concealer

To add a little bit of life to your face (along with some glow) I like a shimmery blush like the *Makeup Geek Blush in Romance. It's one of those NARS Orgasam dupes that gives you a pink, golden glow.

Last little things are on the eyes. You'll probably need eyedrops (because of that eyeball redness and dryness). I just use plain old Clear Eyes, but you could go for those fancy Rohto drops instead. And obviously, mascara. You've gotta wake up your eyes somehow! Just, you know, give the eye drops a second before applying your mascara so you don't have to deal with watery eyes and mascara at the same time. My favorite foolproof mascara is the *Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara by Touch In Sol

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Add Glow

Ok, so if you are a little more functional and can handle some basic pencil work without jabbing yourself in the eye, you can add in the glow.

This is actually the stuff I love to wear when I'm feeling on the cold-ish, flu-ish side too! It just feels nice to look refreshed, not dehydrated. 

First I like to style my brows a bit to get that, I'm a functional human look. Glossier Boy Brow has been a favorite for a while and it is super easy to just brush through for a little color and hold. 

Then I add the glow to my eyes. For a simple wash of color over the lids I like the shimmery, easy to blend type of cream shadow. Ordinarily I'd say go for the Smashbox cream eyeshadow in Topaz, but it's been discontinued, such a bummer. Benefit RSVP is similar enough to get the same look. For the waterline I like something shimmery like the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner. They don't budge on the waterline which is something of a miracle for watery eyes. Last thing on the eyes is a pop of inner corner highlight, using Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma

And, to hydrate your lips/add a nice shine, apply a good old glob of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. It's wild hydrating and makes sure your lips don't get super chapped. 

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Finishing Touches

If you're mostly functional I've got a few things to switch in and out. First up is adding a cheekbone highlight. Because your cheekbones should be lit by angles no matter how tired you are. I am still loving using the Kiko Water Eyeshadow in Champagne on my cheekbones for a bright pop of highlight. 

To make sure you don't get that overly glowy (ahem, greasy) T zone, apply a dusting of a translucent powder. My favorite right now is the *Japonesque Velvet Touch Finishing Powder because it is so soft and finely milled. 

And last few things are goodies to switch out. Starting with applying that BB cream with a sponge. I love the Real Techniques sponges because they are cheap and work perfectly just as well as Beauty Blender sponges. Using a sponge gives you that perfectly airbrushed look. How could you say no to that?

Then, on the lips for a little bit of hydrating color, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. They are really comforting and feel good on your dry lips, so I'm a big fan. And lastly, changing up the eyes to something with a little more color. Sure, going for a mauvy shade isn't totally foolproof, but it will blend in nicely with your dark circles. I like the Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadow Stick. It's kind of like those Trish McEvoy Cream Eyeshadow Sticks that the beauty world loved last year. 

And that, my friends, is all it takes to whip some makeup onto your face to make yourself look functional when you feel like a dehydrated piece of bread. What is your go-to hangover makeup?

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