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Make-Up Manifesto: a cosmetic hangover cure

Q: When I wake up in the morning showing the effects of too many late nights over the party season, what can I do to make myself look better?

Beauty fix: Clinique airbrush concealer, MAC fleur power blusher and Skyn Iceland Hydro cool eye gels
Beauty fix: Clinique airbrush concealer, MAC fleur power blusher and Skyn Iceland Hydro cool eye gels

A: We all have those days when, the minute our alarm goes off in the morning, we just know we are going to have a bad beauty day! These are the mornings when we tend to wake-up with blemishes, dark circles and many more beauty issues.

The natural reaction is to pile on the make-up. However, this will more than likely make you feel and look ten times worse.

 I have some quick fixes and beauty solutions to share with you that can convert your nightmare mornings into bearable days.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. When you wake up in the morning your skin will be incredibly dehydrated and appear very dull. Applying a good moisturiser that contains nourishing and rich ingredients that will dramatically plump up the skin, making it feel softer and appear less lacklustre.

A soothing eye gel or eye mask will come in very handy when your eyes are suffering the effects of lack of sleep. I would recommend always keeping a cooling eye mask or even your favourite eye cream in the fridge – it will reduce puffy eyes and immediately make you feel refreshed on your sluggish days.

An illuminating concealer is going to be your best friend on your off days. From tired eyes to blotchy skin, an illuminating concealer will instantly brighten your complexion and conceal any un-desirable areas. Brightening and light reflecting concealers tend to come in the form of a clickable brush. I would apply one click for each problematic area and lightly blend in with your fingers for a fuss free application.

The next step is to lightly dust a pink blush that suits your skin tone onto the apples of your cheeks and your cheekbones; by doing so you will create an instant lift and pick me up for your complexion. A pink blusher will also create a healthy flush to your cheeks making you look and feel dramatically better.

Last and most certainly not least, curl your eyelashes and apply a nude eye liner! A good eyelash curler will open up your eyes in a flash, making them appear wider and brighter. Applying nude eyeliner along the inner rim of the eye will cancel out any redness in the eye and also give the illusion of bigger, wide-awake eyes.

My top picks for bad beauty days are:

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Eye Gels (£25.00)

Clinique Airbrush Concealer (17.00)

MAC Fleur Power Blusher (£17.00)

Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler (£20.00)

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner (Nude) (£3.99)

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