Sure you are all groggy eyed, sleep deprived and bloated from partying into the wee hours but does the world have to know? One night of crazy partying does not mean that you have to skip the next. If leathery skin and zombie eyes are stopping you from having the time of your life, tackle them head on with clever cover-up tricks. Here are some of my favourite techniques (including some basics) that will help you dazzle at every do. All tried, tested and approved, mind you!
First things first:
1. If you can help it, catch up on lost sleep whenever you find time. Take frequent power-naps during the day but remember, nothing can match up to a night of uninterrupted slumber. Seven hours of shut-eye is the minimum your body needs to recharge and rejuvenate itself.
2. Go to bed with make-up on only if you want it to look lackluster and break out into pimples. Else, use a gentle product like baby oil or a hypoallergenic cold cream to wipe out every trace of cosmetic goop and nourish your skin before you hit the sack. I like to use organic Apricot Oil in the winter – works a million times better than any expensive night cream.
3. Drink loads of water at bedtime, especially if you have been downing a lot of alcohol. The water flushes out the toxins so you wake up less bloated, dehydrated and hung-over the morning after. At breakfast time, munch on fresh fruits and light carbs. Tummy will stay relatively flat for the remainder of the day.
4. On days I wake up looking dull and tired, I do a quick spot jog for a few minutes to boost blood flow. It works like magic and gets the flush back into my cheeks. Then I splash my face with ice-cold water. That closes the pores and takes care of any puffiness.
5. Another trick that helps drain out facial edema is to lie straight on your back with you feet up against the bed or wall for a few minutes – this directs blood towards the face and gets your physiology back in order.
Now, for the troubleshooting:
You don’t need theatrical greasepaint to cover up a face that has been through a nocturnal onslaught – just a few smart tricks with your make-up will do.
1. Matte make-up makes the skin look leathery and crepey. Use a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone or mix a drop or two of foundation to your regular moisturizer for a fresh, dewy effect.
This one’s quite a lifesaver on dull days
2. Keep the make-up real and light as anything over-the-top will only end up as a blooper. A quick and simple way to perk up your face for the day is to define your eyes with kohl and mascara, use a hint of blush and touch up your lips with gloss. The look is easy to carry and takes the attention away from the after-effects of an exhausting night.
3. Try a sheer face-illuminating product during the day to brighten up your skin. In the evenings, use shimmer sparingly on your cheekbones for an instant glow. I swear by The Body Shop’s shimmer powder. It’s an old one but has lasted me for ages – still going strong.
|The Body Shop’s Sparkle Powder: I usually skip foundation and use only this. Works like a charm.
4. If you have mature or ageing skin, dab some concealer all around your eyes sparing the eyelids and some on either side of your nose and mouth to fake a face-lift.
5. When everything right on spot but something still seems amiss, take a good hard look at your eyebrows. Eyebrows frame the face and define our features. No amount of makeup can liven up your face if the eyebrows are left uncared for. Make sure to fill in and shape your brows using an angled brush along with a brow or eye shadow powder that matches your natural brow color. Avoid black and use deep brown instead. Do that and add a new dimension and depth to your facial features.
6. I also discovered that eye liners in brown or grey make your face look more soft and youthful compared to stark black (that of course has its own sexy charm).
You’re welcome. Go shine now!
Shuchi is the author of two romantic comedies – ‘Done With Men’, and ‘I’m Big. So What!?’. She freelances as a writer, editor and blogger, and runs a writing firm called the Pixie Dust Writing Studio. When she’s not writing, Shuchi likes to travel, read and bake awesome cakes. Find out more at http://www.shuchikalra.com. You can also tweet to her @shuchikalra.