How to look rested dur­ing the hol­i­days

Hide your hang­over with five ra­di­ance- en­hanc­ing skin­care and makeup tips

StarMetro Toronto - - DAILY LIFE - Katherine Lalancette

From cel­e­brat­ing into the wee hours to in­dulging in some scrump­tious food and, um, “fes­tive” bev­er­ages, the hol­i­days can leave us feel­ing a tad worn out. But that doesn’t mean our faces have to look it. With some savvy skin­care and a lit­tle makeup magic, you can fake a full night’s rest right in time for the next soiree. Here’s how to do it. Wash­ing your face be­fore bed is pretty much the first com­mand­ment of skin­care, but if you know you’re the type to sin when too tired, stash some makeup wipes in your bed­side ta­ble. The next morn­ing, re­gard­less of how thor­ough (or not) you were the night be­fore, kick off your day with a good deep cleanse cour­tesy of an ex­fo­li­at­ing face wash. Top things off with a pu­ri­fy­ing toner to get rid of any last bits of de­bris and help your skin bet­ter drink up what­ever you ap­ply next. Con­sider revving up your reg­i­men with skin­care tools. Whether you opt for a high­tech gadget or an in­stru­ment in­spired by an­cient rit­u­als, it’s all about mas­sag­ing your face to in­crease blood flow and drain puffi­ness. As a re­sult, skin will ap­pear smoother and more ra­di­ant, fa­cial ten­sions will be re­laxed and fine lines will be re­duced. Up­ward and out­ward strokes are great for lift­ing the face, while a gen­tle tap­ping mo­tion works won­ders on un­der­eye bags. What­ever your tar­get, al­ways dot the area with a bit of serum or oil be­fore­hand to al­low your tool to glide. Al­co­hol and salty foods are no­to­ri­ous for dry­ing you out, which makes hy­dra­tion your No. 1 post-party pri­or­ity. On top of guz­zling wa­ter, get some topi­cal help. First or­der of busi­ness is a mask. Next, keep the hy­dra­tion go­ing by swap­ping light lo­tions for some­thing a bit heftier like a rich creamor face oil. Look for a for­mula laced with skin-per­fect­ing in­gre­di­ents like an­tiox­i­dants (to pro­tect) and es­sen­tial amino acids ( to re­pair). Once you’ve got the skin­care down, it’s time to move on to makeup. The key is to reach for sheer, light- re­flect­ing prod­ucts rather than any­thing thick or glit­tery. To nab a nat­u­ral glow, prep your com­plex­ion with a lu­mi­nous primer be­fore smooth­ing on a light foun­da­tion. Then, add di­men­sion by dust­ing a bit of high­lighter on the high points of your face, like your cheek­bones, the bridge of your nose, your tem­ples, your Cupid’s bow and your brow bones. Dark cir­cles all around, bags un­derneath — eyes are the big­gest give­away when you don’t get a proper eight-hour slumber. But it’s noth­ing some clever makeup hacks can’t dis­guise. Af­ter hy­drat­ing and mas­sag­ing the del­i­cate eye area, dab on a ra­di­ant-fin­ish con­cealer to cam­ou­flage any dark­ness. Make sure to also cover the bluish veins that tend to show up on the in­ner cor­ners. Then, score a wide-eyed look thanks to some beige pen­cil on your wa­ter­lines.

Mas­sage your face to in­crease blood flow and re­duce puffi­ness. Foreo Iris eye mas­sager, $159, shop­pers­drug­mart.ca. Her­bi­vore jade fa­cial roller, $40, her­bi­vore­b­otan­i­cals.com.

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