Saving face: post-party tips and tricks to pep up your complexion
Good times and good looks don’t always go together. If you’re suffering from a case of post-party skin, we have the cure.
You’re probably partied out by now. Christmas parties, office bashes, a few too many mulled wines, one too many mince pies (though, is there such a thing?), all ending in you falling into bed and forgetting to take off your make-up. Combined, these things will leave your complexion looking and feeling a little worse for wear.
So, what to do? Don’t be a party-pooper and skip the next event. Instead, follow these post-party tips and tricks to pep up your complexion — and have you ready for the actual business of Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Cheers!
Throw your skincare into the fridge. No, really: your eye cream, cotton-wool pads, face mists and masks will all work extra-hard if they are stored at a low temperature. “Anything cold can help to tackle puffiness,” says the make-up artist Lisa Eldridge. A good option is By Terry Liftessence Eye Contour (£65). Alternatively, press a cold, wet cloth onto your face to wake up and soothe tired skin.
Perk up panda eyes
Did you take off your eye make-up last night? Go on, tell the truth. If your lashes are clumped together with dried-out mascara and eyeshadow has travelled from your lids to your cheeks, then it’s best to start with a thorough cleanse. Instead of scrubbing, use Sarah Chapman Lash Boosting Eye Cleanse (£32). It sweeps away stubborn eye make-up, hydrates fine lines and boosts lash growth. Top tip: it doubles as a mask if you soak a cotton-wool pad in it and place on your eyes for five minutes.
Tackle wine face
Alcohol-induced blotchiness is not a good look. “Sugar causes inflammation,” says Natalie Kelly, an aesthetic nurse practitioner at Omniya MediClinic in Knightsbridge. “Look for an antioxidant such as vitamin C in your skincare.” Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster (£47) will even out skin tone, revitalise the skin’s surface and significantly improve hydration. A good face rub also helps. Starting from the nose, gently massage in a circular motion outwards to the hairline to drain toxins and reduce puffiness.
Get your glow back
If you’ve woken up with a lacklustre complexion, try a heavy-duty scrub or use the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (£79) to shift dirt and smoke and slough away dead skin cells. Alternatively, Dr Stefanie Williams, medical director at European Dermatology London, says: “Glycolic acid is a hero ingredient for perking up skin.” Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel (£30; beautybay.com) adds moisture and smooths roughness. Remember, though, that acids can be potent, so start with a tiny amount. For make-up, use a light-reflecting foundation such as Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base (£26.50). “Pink and gold pearlescence gives skin luminosity,” Eldridge says. But don’t cake on the base, as heavy foundations will sit in lines.
Alcohol dries out everything, even your pout. Dip a cotton bud into a lip balm, then twizzle it along your lips to get rid of flaky bits. If you’re feeling indulgent, go one step further and try a lip mask. Yes, they’re a thing and Korean brands lead the pack — Erborian Camellia for Lips (£20) is a rich balm that promises to repair damage and dryness. If you need to glam up, add a slick of bright lippy. It’s still one of the most effective tricks for distracting from tired eyes — works every time.
I know, you’ve heard it a million times, but you should drink plenty of fluids. Be tactical during party season and leave two glasses of water next to your bed before you go out. Drink one before you fall asleep and the second as soon as you wake up. See you on the dancefloor.
Your facial first-aid kit
Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel, By Terry Liftessence Eye Contour and Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Base