Beauty + Style Editor
Makeup Tips for Looking Good the Morning After
5 Beauty tricks to memorize for hiding your hangover!
-Lois Joy Johnson
Summer is just an excuse for weekend parties and clubbing. I’m usually the one holding Pellegrino or cranberry juice while my friends throw back cocktails and wine with abandon. A glass of wine with dinner always guarantees a morning-after headache for me. Nothing that a couple of Tylenol, lots of bottled water and throwing up can’t cure but the fact is I look worse than I feel. By 6 a.m. my eyes are puffy and red, my skin dehydrated and I’m desperately seeking my biggest, darkest sunglasses. I wonder how some women manage this as a lifestyle whenever I’m in France. Maybe smoking is some sort of chemical antidote to alcohol. Maybe this is why a French woman Terry de Gunzberg invented Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat – the brightening pink shimmery highlighter pen that started the big eye brightening craze!
Here’s my five-step makeup secret for damage control:
1. Use an eye mask first thing to reduce swelling. Inka’s Pearl Ice Cooling Ice Mask ($26, sephora.com) contains tiny beads encased in a thermal plastic wraparound eyeshade. Keep it handy in the fridge or chill in the freezer last minute. Five to ten minutes and you’re ready to face anything.
2. Pat on a cooling eye gel instead of an emollient eye cream. Ole Henriksen Ultimate Eye Lift Gel has soothers like cucumber, calendula extract and sodium hyaluronate ($38, sephora.com)
3. Apply a light-reflecting pinky highlighter from inner eye corner to completely under the eye in a half moon crescent-shape. Splurge on Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat ($40, yslbeautyus.com) because it’s worth every penny and you can stash it in your bag for retouches later. It comes in 4 perfect skintone shades.
4. Blend a sheer, pale, shimmery cream shadow across the lids like Stila Silk Eye Shadow Wash in Kitten ($22, drugstore.com) Skip dark smoked shadows and pass on eye liner for today. Both will only emphasize lines, puffs and redness.
Add lots of black mascara to upper lashes only. I’ve been loving CoverGirl Exact EyeLights Waterproof Mascara in Black Pearl ($7.49, drugstores) because of the subtle sparkle.
Let me know if these makeup tips and technique helps or if you have any others!