The Art of the Bounce Back


“I’m only going to have a few drinks, it’s probably going to be a quiet night actually.” – The famous last words we’ve all spoken at least once. It’s not until the alarm goes off at 6.30am and you wake to realise you’ve made some slight (pretty big) errors in judgement after the fourth vodka sunrise the night before. Good thing that unlike some other mistakes we’ve made in our past, with a little concealer, highlighter, a quick pep talk with yourself in the mirror and a recommended dose of Neruofen. It’s nothing we can’t postpone for at least a couple of hours.

The key to hangover makeup is keeping it as simple but effective as possible. It’s time to pull out and make use of all your multipurpose items. Primers that illuminate, lip glosses that moisturise you get the idea. It’s all about making your life easier (and the need to look down as little as possible..)

Step 1:

After washing or splashing your face with water, it’s time to moisturise and prime. My go to illumination primer is the Mecca Cosmetica Lit From Within Primer. It does the job of a primer and a good nights sleep by illuminating the face and making sure any foundation you put on- will stay put- no matter what way the world seems to keep moving. Apply a foundation that will keep your skin looking full of life over top. I recommend Nars Sheer Glow, as it will give you this effect, as well as having enough coverage in itself to not necessarily need a heavy duty concealing job over top.

Step 2:

Brighten those peepers. Even though you might feel like your being summoned to the gates of hell by satan himself, with a touch of inner corner highlight and a dot on the centre of the lid (My recommendation is Stila Kitten eyeshadow) you’ll look like you stopped after the second glass of champagne, just as you first intended.

Step 3:

Bring life back into your cheeks. Nothing screams, I let one too many G’n’T’s overtake my consciousness last night like dull cheeks. A brightly coloured blush and some bronzer will give you some healthy colour back.

Step 4:

A bright lip. Yes, this is fairly daring for anyone with the Sunday morning shakes but bare with me. If you have a brightly coloured lip you will 1: look as though you’ve had time to get ready in the morning and 2: It will brighten your eyes and distract from any regret glistening within them.

Good luck winter soldier, my thoughts and condolences are with you but a couple of hash browns and a big bottle of water and you’ll make it through the day!


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