The Post-Party Mistakes You’re Making This Morning

by Stephanie Montes

Last night was a blast–sipping champagne, taking endless selfies and dancing the night away–but fast forward to this morning where we’re looking less than lively. If you’d rather not spend your first day of the New Year with post-party face, these 5 tips help you conceal any evidence of your wild night. Here, our step-by-step survival guide will get you up and running again, without a dark circle in sight. And when all else fails, an oversize pair of sunglasses is super chic.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

The Problem: Dehydrated Skin

The Solution: First things first, don’t pile on the makeup without hydrating beforehand–it’ll look caked on and unnatural. Start with a deeply moisturizing face cream containing natural oils to perk your tired skin right up.

The Problem: Dark Circles

The Solution: The most effective way to conceal dark circles and instantly look more awake is to draw a triangle under the eye with a creamy concealer and brush. Connect points from outer corner of the eye to the end of nostril and back up to the inner corner of the eye. Fill in the triangle and blend harsh lines with your finger. A single swipe under the eye only makes puffiness more prominent.

The Problem: Parched Complexion

The Solution: A night out can leave your skin dehydrated and flakey. Skip the foundation altogether and opt for a hydrating BB cream. For an extra glow, add a couple drops of highlighter before applying.

The Problem: Tired Eyes

The Solution: Looking wide eyed after a long night is not easy but it’s also not impossible. Line the waterline with a nude eyeliner and dab a cream highlighter on the inner corners of the eyes, on the brow bone and on the center of the lid. You'll instantly see a difference.

The Problem: Pale Complexion

The Solution: If you’re missing your healthy glow, the last thing you want to do is load up on heavy bronzers and sparkly blushes. Use a cream blush with blue undertones on the outer corners of your cheeks. Anything too pink or close to the nose makes you look too flushed and actually accentuates red eyes.