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Katherine Rowlings saves the day with her hungover morning beauty routine.

NUSU
17th October 2016

We’ve all been there. It’s 8:30am, your lecture starts at 9am, and you’re not sure whether you would rather still be at the party throwing shapes or buried under a mountain of pillows.

By this point, you’re either already raving about the night before, or announcing the all too frequently promised statement of “I’m never drinking again!” which is, of course, a lie.

However, no matter how many times you press that snooze button or consider simply dropping out of uni and settling for a career in McDonalds, you know you’ve got to lift your hungover self out of bed at some point before that lecture starts. But, with the time rapidly disappearing, how are you going to transform your look from ‘just out of bed’ to ‘hungover-chic’? Well, this guide is here to help.

First, don’t forget to rehydrate! Leaving yourself dehydrated the next day will only lead to headaches – aiding neither your health nor your appearance.

"Leaving yourself dehydrated will only lead to headaches"

Once you’ve been watered and fed, it’s time to start work on your look. Always begin by taking care of your skin; there’s no point applying makeup to unhappy skin, it will only serve to worsen it. A quick wipe with a product such as Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water will ensure any makeup from the night before is completely removed, as well as helping to cleanse and soothe.

Following this with a hydrating moisturiser will also be valuable. This doesn’t have to mean a thick or oily cream that will clog your pores either, but simply one that will prevent the dullness from stealing your natural glow. My personal favourite is Clarins Hydraquench Cream, but at £30 for 50ml it isn’t the most pocket-friendly purchase. A more student friendly buy might be Forever Aloe Moisturising Lotion.

After this, it’s probably time to apply some makeup. A BB cream is a lighter option than the typical foundation, whilst still providing enough coverage to hide any tiredness. Garnier’s All-In-One BB cream also claims to boost hydration and natural glow, as well as providing vitamin C.

Your skin should now be looking a lot healthier, so simply apply a few dabs of concealer to hide any dreaded under-eye bags, and finish with a few sweeps of powder to avoid oily patches. An extra sweep of blusher will add some colour back into your cheeks.

"A BB cream is a lighter option than a typical foundation"

Depending on your makeup skill level, a little natural eye-shadow and flick of mascara can help to make your eyes appear more awake (Benefit Roller Lash Mascara is a brilliant option), and a swipe of eyebrow powder is an easy way to correctly frame your face, especially if they are naturally very light. Avoid mascara though if you have sore or tired eyes.

It’s now time for hair. Dry shampoo can go a long way when your hair is betraying the fact you’ve not showered. If your natural hair just isn’t working pull it back into a messy bun for that typical next day look.

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