In the interests of not being mistaken for a dug-up corpse this festive season, behold our five favourite morning after skincare saviours.
Having interviewed lots of very famous, very beautiful women over the years, I can guarantee that when you grill them about their best beauty tips, every single one will drone on about drinking lots of water and getting eight hours sleep (no one ever name-checks their cosmetic surgeon, funnily enough). To which I say: BORING! And not very helpful – what about those nights when the only liquid that passes your lips is 13 percent ABV and you fall into bed at 2am? (ie the entirety of December).
In the interests of keeping it real, here are the only beauty tips you need this month – a round-up of my top five miracle products that’ll hide the fact that you were so drunk last night even Oliver Reed would’ve been scared.
I use this cult night potion loads and can confirm it really does make it look like you’ve had an early night even if you were nailing a kebab in the small hours. It’s rich but not oily, contains wonder ingredient hyaluronic acid (a moisture-booster), and is far more wallet-friendly that other creams of this calibre.
Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream (£16.50)
This is brilliant at disguising under-eye dark circles, reflecting light while rehydrating. It used to only come in a fiddly pot but is now available in a handy tube so you can carry it around all day and reapply liberally. It’s well-priced, to boot.
This is a recent discovery and it’s a doozy. It’s a cross between a blusher, bronzer and subtle highlighter (so not too shimmery for the winter months). A quick swirl across your cheeks and up to your temples will make you resemble a living, breathing human being in a jiffy.
Oskia Renaissance Mask (£51)
Where has this delicious Brit indie brand been all my life? I’m currently using this Oskia enzyme mask twice a week and my skin is noticeably glowier and more hydrated. Smear it on for 10 minutes while you lie on the bathroom floor whimpering “never again”, rinse it off in the shower and you’ll look as perky as J.Lo (even if you’re still crying inside).
MAC Lady Danger Lipstick (£17.50)
OK, if all else fails, scrawl on this gorgeously zingy coral-red lipstick. It’s a classic hangover distraction technique – statement lips draw attention away from tired eyes and grey skin. I’m banking on it.