Everyone loves a good night out, but it’s all fun and games until you wake up with a raging headache, blotchy mascara and a sore stomach. Need a way to get rid of those hangover head? Check out our top 15 tips on how to make yourself look a little more presentable the morning after a big night out.
#1 Tea Bag Trick
Green tea is a great way to get rid of those puffy under eyes we’re all familiar with after a good night out. Dip some green tea bags in warm or cold water and place them under your eyes for ten or fifteen minutes in order to reduce puffiness and swelling. No more bags for you post drinking session!
#2 Whiten the Eyes
A major giveaway as to whether or not you hit the town hard last night is bloodshot eyes. Not exactly a good look if you’re heading to work or running to class! Try some eye drops to get rid of that bloodshot look. We personally love Rohto’s eyedrops (only €5!) or if you want to go for something a little more high quality try, Innoxa (€14).
#3 Correct and Conceal
If you’re suffering with very stubborn under the eye circles that need that bit of extra help, add a touch of corrector before putting on your concealer. An orange undertone correcting shade counteracts those purple undertones we tend to get after a night out. If you’re skin is particularly fair, we’d recommend you try go for a salmon or peach tone. Check out Bobbi Brown’s Corrector. At €25, it’s high quality but it won’t break the bank!
#4 Lymphatic Massage
When we consume large amounts of alcohol, our body produces toxins that suppress the pituitary gland’s production of vasopressin, making us retain water. As a result, our faces end up puffy and inflamed. Counteract this with a lymph drainage massage, working from the outside of the face, back into the centre.
#5 Aspirin Aid
Aspirin doesn’t only get rid of headaches, it alleviates a swollen face too! Because aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties, it lessens any puffiness and redness left after a night out. Add an aspirin to a session a lymph drainage clinic and you should be good to go!
#6 H2O, Yeah!
Of course never forget that the easiest and most effective solution to curing a hangover and ridding yourself of that hangover head is to bulk up on water the next day! Alcohol is insanely dehydrating. You’ll feel and look tons better once you get down two to three liters to replenish your fluids after a long night.
#7 Ice the Face
Puffiness is easily reduced by popping some ice around your eyes. Given its cooling properties it drains the build up of fluid in the sinuses and cools the face (killing your blotchy red look), a win win!
#8 Mist for Moisture
Re hydrating your skin after a heavy night of drinking is essential! Sometimes it’s hard to chug water (worst feeling ever) but you can also give your skin some loving by spraying it with a soothing mist to lock in some hydration. We love Caudalie Beauty Elixir, it’s a little pricy at 38 euro (eeep) but totally worth it, we promise!
#9 Clay Mask to Drain Toxins
You’re far more prone to breakouts after a heavy night of drinking because toxins weaken your immune system, this leaves the skin susceptible to breakouts. Be sure to pop on a clay mask after a night out to combat the dreaded side effects of letting lose!
#10 Soothing Mask for Moisture
If your skin rarely suffers from spots but you tend to suffer with dull or dehydrated skin, opt for a soothing, hydrating mask instead. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask (€19) or the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (€26) are gel like masks that give the skin a new lease of life!
#11 Add in Extra Illuminator
After a good skincare routine, be sure to follow up with good quality make up! Use an illuminating primer or add an illuminating liquid to your foundation or moisturizer. The Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (€38), Becca First Light Priming Filter (€35) and Sleek MakeUP Bare Kissed Illuminator (€14) will do the trick!
#12 Say Goodbye to Grey Face
Add colour back to your grey and drained face with a nice warm bronzer. If you’re light skinned don’t over do it (nobody likes a peach!) but a touch of bronzer can give you the perfect glow you need to hide that terrible hangover.
#13 Don’t over do your concealer
Contrary to what many people think, piling on the concealer does not always rid you of your bags! Opt for a corrector and concealer duo in light layers rather than thick concealer to combat those dark circles. You’ll end up looking worse than your au naturel hangover look otherwise!
Using a gentle exfoliator on your skin the next day will basically awaken the skin by improving circulation. Don’t use anything too harsh with beads if your skin is in any way sensitive. A facial brush like the Clarisonic (€149) or the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (€22) will get rid of dull skin and get your blood flowing: just what you need to get back that healthy glow!
#15 Richer Creams to Replenish
If you feel your skin is tends to be dry, opt for a rich moisturizer to deeply hydrate those skin cells. If it tends to be oily, you should have a cream that’ll restore your natural glow and get rid of any dull, flakey or lined skin. This Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream (€40) is suitable for any skin type, which makes it a skincare god!