How to look rested during the holidays
Hide your hangover with five radiance- enhancing skincare and makeup tips
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.