How to get great party make-up may be on everyone’s mind right now, but what about the morning after? How we cover up a hangover is just as crucial when it comes to Christmas glamour – that dehydration, those dark circles, the lacklustre skin – is there anything we can do to hide the evidence?
Yes, says our beauty vlogger Ruth Crilly, aka A Model Recommends. “Some people tend to overdo it with hour long skincare sessions when they’re a bit hungover but really keeping things to the minimum and not aggravating skin is quite key.”
And this she says, is how:
Alpha H, Crilly’s favourite overnight peeling mask.
1. Late-night prepping: Crilly isn’t counting on it, but if you can try to apply some kind of overnight face mask before you pass out, your skin will be all the better for it the next day. “If you can possibly manage to do anything, after you’ve taken your make-up off, however haphazardly you managed to do that, use some kind of overnight chemical peel treatment,” she says. “Those sound really scary but they are really quite gentle, especially in comparison to those harsh scrubs you can get. They just work to exfoliate overnight and take off those dead skin cells, and leave your skin looking a little bit pepped up and fresh by the next morning. Depending on how much late you go to bed, and how much you’ve had to drink, some things can’t be rescued. But we can but try!”
So lets, with one of Crilly’s two favourite masks. The first is Alpha H Liquid Gold, £33.50, – she’s long been a fan of this – “it’s a very simple liquid, that you swipe on over your face. You don’t need to follow it up with anything at all so it’s very, very easy to do. Pretty much anybody in any state can do that – I would hope,” says Crilly.
The other one is Olay Regenerist Super Elixir, £19.99. “Again a night treatment, that you don’t need to follow with anything,” explains Crilly, who describes it as a gel-texture, which might be better if you prefer the more traditional moisturiser feel of a lotion, rather than toner type of liquid that you would swipe over your skin.
2. The next morning: Before you do anything, turn to your hangover remedy of choice, “whether it’s a full-fat coke, fry up, I don’t know….orange juice,” says Crilly, “I would always go for an EmergenC sachets. I buy them in the States, but you can actually order them online now as well,” (£4.99 from Boots). Crilly explains that she’s no idea if they’re any better than Berocca, but in her head they are, so she always has one the morning-after.
3. Skin SOS: Clean your face again – “make sure you’ve got all the grime off from last night if you didn’t cleanse properly. And then in with a face mask,” says Crilly.
Thankfully, Crilly’s duo products of choice are low-effort, leave-on masks, so you don’t need to do anything with them once you’ve put them on, “which is quite nice if you’ve already had to do a cleanse and you can’t cope with hanging over the basin one more time to wash your face,” she says. Quite.
First up is Creme de la Mer’s Intensive Revitalising Mask, £105, yes “it’s very, very pricey but if you want that touch of luxury to make yourself feel better,” choose this one. Why? “It’s just a nice kind of injection of moisture, pepping the skin up and making it look a little bit brighter. You can tissue off the excess but I find my skin drinks it up,” says Crilly.
Second up is Emma Hardie’s Instant Radiance Mask, £36, which Crilly applies in this video. “And again, it just leaves the skin looking very kind of plumped out, and renewed.”
4. The brightener: After the mask, “make-up goes on straight over the top,” says Crilly, whose secretly also swears by a primer by way of Clarins Instant Light, £22.85, “a radiance boosting base, so you put it on underneath your foundation,” she explains, as “that gives quite a glow. It’s really nice because if you’re using a foundation on top, one with quite good coverage, which we are going to be, then it’s quite nice to have that radiance shining on through.”
5. The cover-up: “Concealer is so important, obviously, at times like these,” states Crilly, who chooses two versions for her hangover trickery. The first is Estée Lauder DoubleWear Stay In Place Concealer, £21.50, which she pats on with finger tips; “it’s very, very creamy and doesn’t settle into fine lines, and it’s lovely on dark circles.”
On the other eye Crilly goes for Tom Ford’s Concealing Pen, £40; “and this has a sponge applicator so you can actually apply and blend,” she adds, though Crilly prefers to pat and blend it in with her fingertips as it blends out really well, so it’s in her top hangover essentials.
6. The skin secret: Zelens Age Control Foundation, £65, a new find for Crilly, “it gives this beautiful glowy finish and doesn’t feel too drying on the skin – and doesn’t leave any residue. It’s just got the perfect kind of finish.”
7. The health booster: This is just about the skin, so to finish forget eye make-up and just add extra colour, using something like Chanel Les Beige, £39. Crilly opts for Shade 30, “which is a couple of shades darker than my skin tone, so almost like a pale bronzer on me,” which is the look we want to go for. Think “cross-between complexion enhancer and very, very faint coverage foundation and a finishing powder.” You don’t want a powder that’s drying, just extra ‘glow’ without the shine. “Just whisked that all over but especially under the cheekbones and just to the sides of the temples.”
Et voilà, you might just be able to conceal that you went one drink too far the night before thanks to a glowing complexion.