What to Do About that Dreaded Morning-After Face

By Ariane Gagnon

For many, the holidays are a time of overindulging, overeating and overdrinking, not to mention undersleeping and underhydrating. And all of that can take a toll (and how!) on your skin. Dark circles, puffy eyes and a dull complexion are the consequences of too much merry-making, as well deserved as it may have been. Here are some handy tips on how to get your groove back and start the year off right.
An ounce of prevention…
Drinking two big glasses of water before calling it a night is a must. But so is taking a few moments to remove your makeup to let your pores breathe as you catch up on your zzz's. Keep a few cosmetic remover wipes on your night table during the holidays in case the evening's festivities get the better of you.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
If you can manage it, a little serum and hydrating cream before hitting the hay will work miracles on your face overnight. Otherwise, slip a moisturizing sheet mask on in the morning for that lift you're sure to need.
Wonderfully simple, simply wonderful
If the morning is already a difficult one, the last thing you want to do is be bogged down by too much makeup. And the telltale signs of your night before will only be accentuated by the extra cosmetics. After cleansing and moisturizing, apply an illuminating foundation over your entire face and a unifying primer on your upper eyelid. Then stick to the essentials: a good concealer under your eyes (after smoothing in some moisturizing cream), a little blush for a healthy-looking glow, a natural-toned eyeshadow with a hint of shimmer, a touch of mascara and a quick brush to the eyebrows. Oh, and don't forget to exfoliate your dry lips before applying a moisturizing rose-tinted gloss.

(Psst! Be sure to check out makeup artist Lisa Eldridge's excellent YouTube tutorial on this very topic.)
Dressing down, without dressing drab
You may be tempted to break out something as close to sweatpants as you can, but don't give into the urge. Your appearance and your mood will benefit greatly from a nice, natty outfit. A simple fitted pink shirt, for example, will add some colour to your skin and make you look (and feel!) better. A word to the wise, though: steer clear of anything too snug – at least until tomorrow!
There's no real secret here: drink plenty of water, eat lots of healthy fruits and vegetables, and avoid junk food. You'll be back in the pink in no time!