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Girl guide: 10 beauty essentials for when you’re suffering from a killer hangover

Bridesmaids Drunk

Hangover beauty 101

Ugh. Your head is pounding. Your feet are aching. You’ve woken up with a full face of makeup – albeit with half having melted onto your pillow – and little to no memory of what happened last night. Cringe.

Hangovers are all too familiar at this time of year. It’s the season for summer sessions like Waiheke winery adventurers, but despite feeling terrible weekend-after-weekend and year-after-year we never ever seem to learn from past parties. Whyyyyyy?!

Our one saving grace, however, is that the older we get the better we learn to cope. That’s why we’ve compiled a girl guide of hangover beauty essentials to help hide the fact that you were out ’til the club shut down, drank 10 too many vodka, lime and sodas (so basic but so easy to consume), and maybe texted your ex boyfriend to let him know what’s up… even though you’ve well and truly broken up.

Despite feeling a little worse for wear, one thing’s for sure – you won’t #regret owning these saving graces when you wake up with a dull complexion the morning after. We promise they’ll help you fake it ’til you make it wake up!

As you use this Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm, $39.99, be sure to not only wash away your cake face but to also get rid of the terrible sin you’ve committed – you slept in your makeup! Naughty. Okay… we’ve all done it, but you need to cleanse your face before doing anything else (even a Maccas run!). The sooner you do so, the better. It even comes with a cloth because effortless.


You don’t need to be told that alcohol is toxic for your skin but we’re going to remind you anyway. Soz not soz. What we do suggest is that you try counteract this hideously negative effect by utilising the most badass face mask of all time. Hangover, meet the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, $109, from Mecca Beauty.


You might not be able to turnaround what happened last night but a serum will do wonders for energizing your skin. Particularly a high-powered one like the Clinique Turnaround Revitalising Serum, $80. Use after cleansing and before moisturising. You can thank us later.


Drink up! Moisturiser, not alcohol… and not literally. Bring out the brightness in your skin by giving it a radiant rev up with a goodness-packed moisturiser like the Origins Ginzing Moisturiser, $43, from Mecca Beauty. It’s full of super stuff like coffee bean and Panax ginseng which will leave skin looking rejuvenated, plump and supple. It smells delish, too.


While you pop a pandol (or five) and sit down to sooth your throbbing head, apply a set of hyaluronic eye patches, like the Magicstripes Wake Me Up Collagen Eye Patches, $62, from Mecca Beauty, to your tired peepers. Under-eye bags and dark circles, be gone!


This bad boy was LITERALLY built for times like these so it’s no wonder the Too Faced Hangover Primer, $50, from Mecca Beauty is the only smoothing makeup base we recommend for when you’re suffering from divine punishment. Full of excellent ingredients like coconut water, electrolytes and probiotics, we can feel the headache easing just day dreaming about using this.


There’s nothing worse when you’re feeling hung than seeing someone you know who tells you that you look like sh*t, so for this very reason concealer is a must. The Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer, $16.99, is full coverage, anti-fatigue and contains peptides and a vitamin moisturising complex – whatever that means… but it sounds refreshing, right?


Well done, you’ve completed enough skincare prep to warrant some cheek colour even though you’re probably suffering from the hangover blues. Benefit’s Dandelion Brightening Face Powder, $53, will add the perfect soft shade of ballerina pink to any skin tone, but is subtle enough to remain au natural. That’s what we’re aiming for!


There’s no denying your hair probably needs a lot of work, but what better way to fix it than with a luxury dry shampoo?! Don’t be tempted to use the whole bottle of the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, $72; this shiz isn’t cheap. If you’re borderline needing to use a crazy amount, you should probably just shampoo and condition your hair… or do a Kim K and slick it back like everything you do is 100% intentional. Confidence, my friend, is key.


A hydrating mist is the normal person equivalent of being fed grapes by a maid, except that you have to spritz it yourself. If you’re going to lock yourself indoors all day to binge watch episodes of Gilmore Girls then you better stay hydrated with the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist, $42. And let’s be real, you’re going to need a miracle if you’ve read this far.


Good luck!

Words: Skye Ross
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