My No-Tools-Needed Fix for Hangover Face

When you have to be somewhere the day after overdoing it, this routine erases the evidence.

Last weekend, I had the cutest date day ever. Seriously, it could have been a solid plot point in a Lifetime Original holiday movie (which I actually love BTW). My boyfriend took me to a showing of It's A Wonderful Life at a tiny old-timey movie theater (the Prytania Theater, for those of you in NOLA). The movie was kicked off with a speech by 91-year-old Rene Brunet who operates the theater with his son.

I teared up a bit. Not kidding.

He told us about how it's one of his favorite movies, told us some trivia about the movie, and ended it by telling us that this really is a wonderful life. Which was just, POW! — right in the tear ducts.

I almost missed out on this entire adorable intro because I wanted to skip the movie. I mean, it was at 10 a.m. on a Saturday, and I just had the holiday party for my day job the night before. I was not looking or feeling so hot. New Orleans takes any party occasion very seriously, but the holidays are a whole other story.

I surprisingly woke up early, so I decided to actually pull myself together, hangover or not. Here's how.

First thing I had to do was gently cleanse and pack in some moisture because nothing dries my skin out more than alcohol. I’m a stickler for always taking off my makeup before I go to bed, even if I’ve been indulging; I’ll still be lazy and just use my current face wipe of choice, the Simple Micellar Cleansing wipes, and call it a night but it’s better than sleeping in a full face of makeup.

In the harsh light of the morning I headed back in and cleansed with the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and put on the Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask to really pump moisture back into my skin.

At this point, I don’t look horrendous but still very tired, and I couldn’t really be bothered to lift my arms for more than 10 minutes to apply any fun date makeup. It was kind of an "eh, better than nothing" moment, so I pulled out my dewiest finger-friendly makeup to literally slap on a healthy glow.

For base, I just squeezed a bunch of the most moisturizing tinted moisturizer I have all over my face and blended it in with my fingers.

I’m using Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB which comes in only one color (come on Doc!) but other glowy options with better color selections would be NYX Tinted Moisturizer and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.

I then globbed on the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer to hide my under-eye darkness and the redness that hangs out around my nose. I just blended this into my skin with my fingers, being extra-careful with my eyes because ow — dryness.

To inject my skin with some color, I applied ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Blush in Never Been Kissed and a whole heaping load of the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose.

ColourPop blushes are super-pigmented but blend really easily, so just a little dab with a ring finger and I blend out with my thumbs so I don’t over apply. The lip butter is super-duper hydrating and helps to recover my lips after wearing a lot of drying matte lipsticks.

At this point I’m looking mostly human but I still wanted even more glow to top it all off.

The finishing touches were two coats of the Maybelline Butterfly Mascara and smoothing on the Maskcara Illuminator in Pearl over my cheekbones. This is seriously the best highlighter because it isn’t glittery at all. Just bunches of shine to make it look like you are at your healthiest, non-hungover, best.

  • What makeup do you go for after a late night or, better yet, during a hangover?
  • What are your favorite holiday movies?