Need to fake some beauty sleep?

There comes a time when a party beauty rou­tine is as much about the morn­ing after – and how not to look as though you’ve been up till the small hours – as it is about glam­ming up. That’s when it’s time for what mod­ern par­lance would call ‘beauty sleep hac

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Of course, there’s al­ways the clas­sic Clar­ins Beauty Flash Balm (1, €38, brown­thomas.com) to re­store fresh­ness to the com­plex­ion. Amid a sea of con­stant new­ness, this trusty tube should never be for­got­ten. An­other of my long-stand­ing stal­warts is Elemis Cel­lu­lar Re­cov­ery Skin Bliss Cap­sules (2, €86 for 60, deben­hams.ie). While not the cheap­est op­tion, you don’t have to use these ev­ery day – just when you’re look­ing a bit washed out. They con­tain moringa oil, a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant, and if you can man­age to cleanse be­fore bed­time and ap­ply the con­tents of a cap­sule to your face, you’ll also ben­e­fit from its dash of laven­der oil to help you to de­com­press. I use these as and when needed and I al­ways wake up look­ing far bet­ter for it.

A new kid on the block that I swear by is Sanc­tu­ary Spa 1 Minute Daily Glow Mask (3, €17.99, boots.ie). Since re­work­ing its range, this brand has been com­ing up with one great prod­uct after an­other, earn­ing a re­spected place in my bath­room. This one de­liv­ers speedy re­sults, which is good for morn­ings when we’d all rather hit the snooze but­ton than face a full-on skin­care rou­tine. Sim­ply ap­ply a layer of this vi­ta­min-C-charged goop to your face, ac­ti­vate it with a few drops of wa­ter, leave on for a minute, then wipe it off. It re­ally does leave skin look­ing brighter and less weary look­ing.

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