How to look pulled together when you’re totally hungover

Fri, 16 December 2016 10:51AM

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Ugh, silly season. It’s all fun and games popping bottles on a Tuesday night, until 7am rolls around and you don’t have the luxury of throwing your phone against the wall and going back to sleep for 70 years.

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Yep, it’s a lifestyle of work-day hangovers  – so how exactly do you fake being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, when really you’re dying inside and want to bury yourself face-first in a breakfast burrito?

Break out the illuminator

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Hourglass @ Mecca Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, $67

This is not the time to be shy with the glow. We’ve gone on at length about how great illuminating primer is for faking awake-ness, so that’s a good starting point (after at least rinsing your face, of course). You’ll be amazed by how *zing* you look just by adding one of these before your foundation. Also, get some illuminating powder – one that isn’t too sparkly, just gives a nice gentle sheen – and dust it all over your face, not just the high points. Stick to a light dusting, don’t get heavy handed!

Curl your lashes

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Kit Cosmetics @ Mecca Power Curl Eyelash Curler, $25

The idea of using a lash curling contraption when you can barely keep your eyes open seems like a recipe for disaster – but trust us when we say if you do this one step, your makeup look will go from a 6 to a 9/10, AND you get the added bonus of looking way happier to be in this world thank you actually are. Just clamp lashes gently at the roots, then release after a few seconds and go in as normal with your mascara.

Don’t use eyeliner

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CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara, $19.95

Firstly, because you won’t manage it in a neat fashion, let’s be honest. Secondly, because you’ve probably got some smudged old mascara/liner on your lashes anyway, which is adding a bit of definition. And thirdly, because lashes with a simple swipe of mascara and nothing else are the freshest look anyone can muster, so naturally they’re your go-to. Just neaten up whatever smudginess is still there, add extra mascara and get to it.

Use blush

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Revlon Blush Highlight Palette in Rose Glow, $26.95

Most hangovers come complete with a deathly pale face, so this isn’t the time to skimp on bronzer and blush. Don’t go overboard, but adding some bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, and a little blush on the apples will brighten up your complexion quick-smart.

When in doubt, go for a bright lip

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Rouge Buzz, $19

Again, like our skin, when we’re hungover our lips tend to, well, disappear into our face. Basically, the colour seems to drain from them so going lipstick-free won’t make you seem ok with life. You can try a nude, but for real wow/fresh factor, try a hot pink or orange-based red lip.

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