Morning beauty hacks for looking rested after a good time and a late night out.
So Monday is National Margarita Day. Monday doesn't seem like the best day of the week to celebrate an alcoholic beverage, LOL. Apparently its every February 22, but I think it should be a day like Thanksgiving, that adjusts to always be on Friday or weekend day. But I guess if you DO go out celebrating Margarita Day on Monday, these tips below will be all the more useful to you if you still have to do the usual Tuesday grind the next day.
Now that I'm in my 30's, I definitely don't bounce back from a night of drinking the same as I did in my 20's. For one, I don't do it nearly as often (and I didn't even do it all that often when I was younger), and two, it takes less to have me feeling like an extra 3 hours of sleep are needed to even think about getting out of bed. However, I'm also now a mom of a toddler who doesn't care if I had a late night out and to whom sleeping in is still a foreign concept, so regardless of how I enjoyed my evening, getting up and going has to happen bright and early every day. So to keep my pounding head and puffy face to a minimum, here are my tips:
Before Bed: 2 Advil (Ibuprofen) and a big glass of water. No secret that alcohol dehydrates you, and that is one of the primary causes of the headaches and eye bags in the morning. While you should not take Advil WITH alcohol, it is better for your liver than Tylenol (acetaminophen), and taken with a large glass of water a couple hours after your last drink will help you feel like you can function in the A.M.
Morning After: Moisture, Moisture, Moisture (+ some cover-up)
Like I said, a night with some cocktails takes its toll on me more noticeably nowadays. Externally that is reflected in my face in the morning, with puffy eyes, dry lips and blah skin, all of which make me look old and tired. These are my battle tools:
Eye Masks: I use these regularly, drinking or not, and they help keep the wrinkles and bags at bay. Put them on first thing, because they're meant to be worn 15-20 minutes. Give them a little extra kick by keeping them in the refrigerator so they're cold when you apply. That's helpful if you suffer from a lot of puffiness.
Lip Balm: I'm just going to say it: dry lips are ugly. I am so in love with this Nivea Lip Butter (they come in many flavors and are all effective, but this is one of my favorite). It is super hydrating and makes my lips so soft and smooth, without stickiness.
Skin Firmer: Moisture keeps our skin plump and fresh, and the dehydrating caused by alcohol has an adverse effect on our skin. We need to re-hydrate internally and externally, but it takes a little time for cells to plump back up. This Instant Firming Beauty Shot serum does just what is says: instantly firms (I use it daily). Follow with a decent dose of your moisturizer, and let both absorb a few minutes before applying make-up. The serum can be reapplied over make-up later in the day for a boost.
Concealer: Once the puffiness and bags are gone, some extra brightness in the eye area keeps me from looking like the walking dead (even if I feel like I am). Apply this concealer in a shade lighter than your skin, in an upside down triangle under your eye with these 3 points: inner eye to outer eye to nostril, and back up. Pat with your ring finger or a damp beauty blender until blended.
Eye liner: For a final eye opening trick, line your lower last water line with a light colored eyeliner. Some people use white, but I think it looks more obvious and unnatural, so I use this light flesh colored one.
While nothing really beats a really good night's sleep after a too fun night, hopefully some of these tips will help you look rested after a night out. If you're looking for more tips check out Casper's Hangover Cures and if you're just looking for help with sleeping it off, take a peek at their mattresses!
Now, on to the fun stuff: my favorite margarita: Pomegranate Margarita Recipe:
Pour salt onto a plate or shallow dish. With a lime wedge rub along the rim of a glass and dip glasses upside down to salt the rim. Fill glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice place the tequila, triple sec, pomegranate juice, and lime juice. Pour into the salt-rimmed glasses and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings)
- Lime wedge, plus more for garnish
- 4 oz white tequila
- 2 oz Triple Sec
- 1/2 c pomegranate juice
- 1 lime, juiced
- club soda
Please enjoy responsibly!!