How To: 11 Tips to Disguise A Hangover

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

It's almost inevitable that a few of you will be sporting a hangover or few this summer. Lets face it, summer is the time for barbecues and beers, drinking punch, Sunday cocktails, and going out more in general. Here are some tips to help you hide that hangover you wish you didn't have.

#1 - Moisturise.

Your skin is going to be dehydrated and lack lustre compared to usual (as alcohol dehydrates us). Because of this you really need to make sure you take the time to moisturise your skin to give it a nice big drink.

Try a couple drops of Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $21.95 (20 ml).

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Or, Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, $60 AUD (50 ml). 

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#2 - Wear Primer.
You must apply primer. Primer is super important the day after drinking because your skin will be thirsty (because you are so dehydrated, duh!) it will drink up all your makeup. Applying primer is going to provide you with the best chance of keeping your makeup on. Go for a hydrating or a silicone based primer to plump, smooth and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Try Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer, $45 AUD (50ml).

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Or, Benefit Porefessional, $53 AUD (22 ml).

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#3 - Apply concealer/colour corrector.

Hide the bags under your eyes and blotchy skin with some concealer and colour corrector.

In relation to colour correctors, green will neutralise any unwanted redness (as often skin can appear blotchy), and yellow will mask any unwanted blue undertones, often found around the eye area. Follow with concealer in a dabbing motion on top of the colour corrected areas and on the inner and outer corners of the eye. You may wish to apply to the eyelids as well if they are red.

Try Maybelline Coverstick Concealers in green and yellow, $10.50 AUD (5.5 g).

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When concealing the eye area, try and use a pink or peach-based concealer as that will help brighten the area (preferably one that reflects light and doesn't crease, as the eye area will be some what dehydrated and more likely to have fine lines). 

Try Benefit Erase Paste, $47 AUD.

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When concealing the face, I like to apply colour correctors prior to foundation. However, make sure when applying the foundation that you dab it on top of corrector rather then spread or brush it over as you will wipe away the colour correcting products.

#4 - Avoid matte and/or powder foundation.

You want to make your skin glow, so avoid using matte or powdered foundation products as this will make your already dull hung-over complexion look even duller. If you are worried about shiny skin, use blotting paper (or tissue if you don't have any) to dab away any excess oil.

Try Maybelline Fit Me foundation, $18.95 AUD.

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#5 - Use Cream bronzer.

Give yourself a healthy glow (lets face it, we all look better a little sun kissed). Apply where the sun hits; along the top of the forehead near the hairline, along the nose and on the cheekbones.

Try Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Base, $75 AUD for (30 g).

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#6 - Wear cream or tint blusher.

Apply to the apples of the cheeks only, rather than along the whole cheekbone to give you a pop of colour on the face and brighten your face.

Try Benefit Benetint, Cha-Cha Tint, and/or Posie Tint, $55 AUD.

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Or, Illamasqua Velvet Blush $28 AUD (5 g).

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#7 - Use liquid/cream highlighter.
Give your complexion a radiant glow with a liquid or cream highlighter. Apply it to the brow bones and tops of the cheekbones.

Try M.A.C Cream Colour Base in 'Pearl', $36 AUD (3.2 g).

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#8 - Use a nude/neutral eyeliner*.
Nude eyeliner is a quick fix to brighten up red and tired eyes. Just apply a neutral/nude coloured liner to the waterline (inner rim) of the eye to instantly freshen up your eyes.

Try Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude Liner, $9.95 AUD. Click here to read my full review.

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#9 - Wear mascara.

Open up the appearance of those peepers with a couple coats of your favourite mascara. If you can muster up the energy to curl your lashes, do it. Curling your lashes will make your eyes look more lifted and awake.

Try COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Extensions Mascara, $17.95 AUD (13.1 ml). For my full review click here.

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Try Artiste Eyelash Curler, $18.95 AUD.

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#10 - Bright lips.

A bright pop of colour on the lips draws attention away from tired eyes and blotchy skin. Apply your favourite bright lip shade like hot, bright pinks or reds to look fresher and less flawed. Steer away from matte lipsticks as these tend to draw attention to dry, chapped lips and can dry the lips out even more. In other words, go for a gloss!

Try Kit Cosmetics Full Colour Lip Glaze, $24.95 AUD.

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#11 - Drink lots of water!

How do you disguise your hangover? 

Note: All opinions are my own.
* Indicates which products were kindly provided for my consideration.

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