Down to Party

5 New Yorkers' Morning After Routines

Featuring lots of egg sandwiches, serious skincare routines & Chinese herbs.

By: Meagan Wilson

By now you know that for us, the real key to beating hangovers at their own game (is that a thing?) involves face wipes in bulk. But what does the aftermath of a night that plays out like a dozen or so best-Kylie-Jenner-impression Snapchats from the backset of an Uber look like for everyone else, we wondered? And so we asked. What did we learn? Well, everyone has a weak spot for some form of carbs, greasy eggs and cured meat in the morning, and that you're probably not the only person stumbling into McDonalds or harassing pizza delivery men in the wee hours either. Oh, and our whole assertion that the best defence is a good offence (by which we mean a very thorough morning after-cleansing routine and arsenal of brighteners)? Correct. Read up!

 

Sofia Sanchez

@chufy

On the first thing she does after waking up:
"Remove my make-up."

 

On her go-to beauty routine the morning after:
"I love the hungover look. Clean face, messy hair, badass attitude! I feel a sexy mess in days like that."

 

On what she ingests to feel better: 
"A big burger or pasta."

 

On dressing up & going out versus staying in while hungover:
"Staying in and watching three seasons of a TV show!"

 

On the best meal to down before going out:
"Sushi, cause I love drinking sake."

 

On her favorite drunk food:
"French fries with truffle oil and grated parmesan."

 

Sweating it out while hungover: yes or no?
"No!"

 

Hair of the dog: yes or no?
"Yes."

 

On her tips to avoiding a hangover:
"Never mix alcohol, and eat a lot."

 

Hari Nef 

@harinef

On the first thing she does after waking up:
"Drink water! Drink water. I try not to eat before bed, so I'll probably seek an elaborate meal soon after I wake up."

 

On her go-to beauty routine the morning after:
"I'll wash my face with Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser before bed, and moisturize with their Black Tea Age Delay Cream. If I still look jank in the morning, I'll break out the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. Those are basically the only three products I use."

 

On what she ingests to feel better: 
"I swear to God, I will drink, like, two massive bottles of water on either end of bedtime. Water is supreme! I like Earl Grey too. If I'm trying to do a 'healthy' reboot I'll pop over to Juice Press for a Detox shake. If I'm, like... actually trying to resuscitate myself from the grave, I'll order half a roast chicken with two sides of steamed veggies from Señor Pollo on 1st Avenue. They have the best hot sauce & chimichurri..."

 

On her go-to supplements:
"Just my good friends spironolactone and estradiol. I was taking fish oil and biotin this summer, but eh. My body's got a lot going on right now so I'm trying to keep it simple."

 

 

On dressing up & going out versus staying in while hungover:
"Somewhere in between. Brunch, Netflix, and chill is the perfect Sunday..."

 

On the best meal to down before going out: 
"Small plates at Lucien! Split a frisée salad, escargot, some tartare maybe. Light is key before a night out: you don't want to weigh yourself down or spend money on drinks you won't feel."

 

On her favorite hangover breakfast:
"I really got my life at Café Gitane the other day: cappuccino, avocado toast, an arugula salad, and spicy Moroccan meatballs. I shared everything with my friend Abdul."

 

On her favorite drunk food:
"A BLT on wheat from my corner bodega puts me right to sleep..."

 

Sweating it out while hungover: yes or no?
"No. I should, though! If I partied the night before I'd rather take a stroll through the park than hold chair pose for sixty seconds, even if that's probably what I need. I'm lazy."

 

Hair of the dog: yes or no?
"If my body's telling me to give it a rest, I give it a rest."

 

On her tips to avoiding a hangover:
"WATER!"

 

Sydney Reising

@sydneyreising

On the first thing she does after waking up:
“I hydrate. Honestly, I try to chug as much water as I can.”

 

On her go-to beauty routine the morning after:
"I love the Bliss Spa oxygen facial, and they have an at-home version of it. It’s the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Facial Mask. It's amazing, it foams up and works incredibly. Its oxygenates your skin and gives you a youthful glow. It’s an at-home version of their facial. I also use Biafine—it’s a French pharmacy thing. I use it as a moisturizer. I also love Dr. Brandt’s Revitalizing eye cream. I don’t go anywhere without the YSL pen. Then, the shimmer powder from YSL, its white, a powder that I put around my eyes a little bit and it gives you a glow.  If I’m really needing life, i use Amore Pacific's sheet mask."

 

On what she ingests to feel better: 
"I typically do Juice Press—it's down the street from my office so i go there. I like their avocado toast, too. they also have a Rehydrate juice. I normally get a Fireball ginger shot."

 

On her go-to supplements:
"I take vitamin E, C and  D. I keep them in a cup by the kitchen sink and take them every morning. If i’m feeling rundown, I go with quantum. They have a cold and flu formula. Its drops, an herbal thing and Vitamin B drops I keep in my purse for late nights the morning after."

 

On dressing up & going out versus staying in while hungover:
"You gotta get up and go out. You gotta go back to work!"

 

On the best meal to down before going out: 
"Something with carbs, honestly. I do pasta or make sure I have bread. I’m not a gluten-free girl! Anything with starch to sort of line your stomach, before you inject it with crazy things. "

 

On her favorite hangover breakfast:
"I love an egg white sandwich, on a everything bagel, with turkey bacon. That's the key."

 

On her favorite drunk food:
"Favorite drunk food is definitely Little Frankies. I love it."

 

Sweating it out while hungover: yes or no?
"Sweating it out is good. I like to do pilates, or meditation. Or yoga is really good."

 

Hair of the dog: yes or no?
"Yeah, there's nothing wrong with a little Bailey's in your coffee if you need it."

 

On her tips to avoiding a hangover:
"I remove my makeup and everything. Then do an overnight mask before I go to sleep, you sleep in it. I'll make sure to drink a bunch of water and do my routine. Then there's this—it's so dorky!—meditation app when you're going to bed, it’s called My Meditation Station. If you haven’t heard of this, try it. All my friends think I’m crazy, but then they try it and they tell me they haven’t slept so well in their whole life. You fall asleep before the 20 minutes is up, and I never remember falling asleep. It’s this lady speaking, really soothingly, [saying] ‘all your problems falling away’. It’s crazy, but it really works. That way I don’t have weird drunk dreams."

 

Brandee Brown

@brandeebrown

On the first thing she does after waking up:
"First thing I do when I wake up is stare out the window. If I had a super late night out, I do the same thing—I just stare out the window. That’s just kind of getting my brain together, you know? So that I can actually get out of the bed."

 

On her go-to beauty routine the morning after:
"I’m a fan of all of these Korean face masks that have been popping off. So anytime after I have a crazy night out, I make sure I have one of those Korean face masks on deck, whether it’s like a tomato one, an aloe one, or, like, an egg yolk one.

My eyes, when I wake up in the morning, tend to look like puffy, big sausages. So to de-puff them, I always have one of those facemasks on deck. The sheet ones. And then, always wash my face. What’s important for me, after a night out, you would probably [have] put on makeup—either a little bit, none, or a bunch—so the day after, I tend to just moisturize my face, and that’s about it. I don’t put any makeup on my face, so my pores have a nice little break from the night out before and all the drinking.

After a night out, I don’t wear much makeup to begin with, but I really love the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF in it. It has sunscreen in it, it gives you the tint, but it also moisturizes your skin. So it works as a lotion, but it also gives you coverage that’s super, super light. Also, Smashbox's Camera Ready BB Water, because it’s also something that’s super light. I love the whole [idea of] coverage without looking like you have makeup on, and both of those products achieve that, so I love those products for the base of my skin. Then, of course mascara. I put that on even if I have no makeup on. I like the Givenchy mascara [Phenomen’Eyes Mascara] with the ball at the end], for the ends of your eyelashes. That brush is pretty cool—it adds an instant flutter-y, pretty-ness to your eye lashes. And it’s super quick. So I love to use that. And then also, I love my lip balms. That’s essential for, like, cracked-ass lips the day after. And now it’s getting so cold in winter, and we’re transitioning seasons and my skin and lips get extra dry, so I definitely make sure to carry around my lip balm wherever I go. My favorite lip balm is the Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose by Fresh."

 

On what she ingests to feel better: 
"Hangover food is bacon, egg, and cheese, girl! On a croissant. I get my bacon, egg, and cheese on a croissant from Downtown Bakery, this little Mexican restaurant that if you didn’t know about, you’d probably pass it. It’s not anything special. It’s literally like I could hold my arms out and touch both sides of the store. It has three little wooden tables with mismatched chairs. It’s not a special thing, but if you know about it, you know about it.

I drink tons of Gatorade and a can of Sprite to revive me back to life. Not a bottle, it has to be specifically in an aluminum can and super cold. That’s the thing that will just bring me back to life! Bacon, egg, and cheese and the can of Sprite will make my morning—or afternoon, whenever I wake up."

 

On her go-to supplements:
"I’ve just been getting into all these Chinese herbs. I’ve always been interested in them, but I’ve actually been doing some research myself. Chelsea Leyland, she’s one of my best friends, and she’s like completely into that whole health thing. It was easier for her to transition into, because she eats tofu on a regular basis. And I definitely don’t [Laughs]. It wasn’t so easy for me, but now I’m getting into the whole thing. It’s like, ‘all right, Brandee. You don’t want diabetes. Get your shit together. You might want to start taking some vitamins'.

I started looking up these Chinese herbs, and one of them was the reishi mushroom. They call it the immortal herb, basically. It’s from ancient times, and it’s just an overall amazing immunity booster. I’ve been taking it for two weeks, and I feel like my skin is starting to look different. It’s two weeks, so I don’t want to jump the gun. But it has been around for literally thousands of years, so I kind of want to take it for a spin and see what benefits this ancient herb can give. And ginkgo biloba—those are something nice to have because after a night out, the next day the hardest part for me is to actually get up, do work and feel motivated. Anything that helps my brain get into focus mode—but that’s still natural—is good by me."

 

 

On dressing up & going out versus staying in while hungover:
"I’m that girl that if I want to stay in, I will stay in and not talk to nobody! My perfect night in after a night out, when I don’t feel like going out [again]—I’m never one to force myself to go out. If I don’t feel like going out, I just don’t. I feel like a way better situation is hanging out on the couch, watching a horror movie, ordering in cookies and pasta and drinking a can of Sprite. Drinking my cold can of Sprite!"

 

On the best meal to down before going out: 
"If I’m like quick and on-the-go, pizza’s the jam. Just before I went out on Halloween night, we ordered pizza pies. It’s pizza, number one, so that needs no explanation. And number two, I feel like pizza will just always have this nostalgia from when you were a kid, and pizza parties, and that whole vibe. So when you’re with a bunch of your friends and you’re having fun and about to go out, it’s like, ‘yay, let’s get pizza!’ It’s like, even if you don’t want pizza, you’re excited that pizza’s coming. Even if you don’t want it, it gets there, and everyone fucking swarms! In my head, it’s like a sense of coziness and fun times. But also like, ‘yum, it’s fucking pizza and pizza is delicious.’"

 

On her favorite drunk food:
"French fries, for sure! French fries times a million."

 

Sweating it out while hungover: yes or no?
"When I’m hungover, no way do I workout! You know when you wake up and you’re like, ‘oh, thank God that I started drinking water when I did, or else it could have been really bad,’ and you just have a headache or something? Those are the moments where I can go work out. I’ve just started getting into Pilates, which is super fun. I’m not that big of a fan of working out in general. I’m pretty tiny, so fortunately I never really had to work out, but you know, it’s always good for you mind, too. I used to run, but that got tiring. Then I got into yoga for the whole mental purposes—I think it's really useful for everyone in general, but especially for people living on top of each other in the city and who do some much shit. But I find Pilates to be the one I’m sticking to the most because I just feel like it’s giving me instant muscle."

 

Hair of the dog: yes or no?
"I think one drink the next morning helps. But that’s the thing, Bloody Mary’s taste so good, you might have a hard time not ordering another one, but it’s that second one that gets you in trouble. So I say, if you do go with the Bloody Mary, just stick with one, and make sure it’s the tastiest Bloody Mary you’ve ever had in your life. Because you only get one; if it’s two, it’s like, ‘well now I’m greedy. The universe is going to punish me for going overboard because this is too much.’ You shouldn’t be feeling shaky at 2 P.M. One helps get you back to reality, and that’s where you should stay."

 

On her tips to avoiding a hangover:
"Before bed, I chug water. I take Aspirin if I know it’s going to be bad in the morning. I have a good gauge on that now. So I take Aspirin to feel chipper in the morning. I chug water. I keep face wipes by my bed, because I’m horrible with washing my face at nighttime. Throw my silk bonnet on, and just, like, pass out. Those are literally my steps from the kitchen to the bedroom—water, Aspirin, face wipe, bonnet, face to the pillow."

 

Sarah Nicole Prickett

@snpsnpsnp

On the first thing she does after waking up:
"If I'm hungover, I text a friend or two to let them know. People love others in pain. Not that I mind the pain myself, or rather, not that I'd want to drink without consequences—I'm still too religious for that. Anyway, a headache is calmative. It's one time my body and mind agree on something. It gives me one thing to do."

 

On her go-to beauty routine the morning after:
"Hopefully, I bothered to take my makeup off with a wipe—I like the Simple wipes, either the original cleansing wipes (green package) or the new micellar ones (white). Otherwise, I have a lot of work to do. I'll triple cleanse: I wet my face and use Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm, then add in Cetaphil, then rinse, then scrub in pearl or rice powder and rinse again.

Depending on whether I have to go out that day, I'll either pull the shades and do a nighttime regime, like with retinol and a rich cream, or I'll add instant self-tanner to my daytime regime, which includes a Cosryx AHA or BHA exfoliant, a Neutrogena sunscreen, Clinique's Even Better Essence for dry combination skin, and a low key moisturizer, something by Cerave or Weleda. For extra greasy moisture around eyes and lips, I use Weleda's Skin Food, which is so strong and herbal, it's like Jägermeister—hair of the dog—in a cream.

The best foundation in the world is Estée Lauder Double Stay, which I use as concealer, and on the rest of my face, because the formula's so strong, I cut it with moisturizer. I'll also do the foundation half-and-half with Physician's Formula A Touch of Glow (Light/Medium) if my skin is really struggling with fatigue. The best thing if you're tired and you don't want to look it, though, is blush, and the best blush is cream blush. Unfortunately, by that stage of makeup application, I'm not about to do the blending a cream blush requires, so I just take a big brush and swirl NYX finishing powder in Sunkissed over the bones of my face."

 

On what she ingests to feel better: 
"Often, I'm in no rush to be cured, but since none of this works anyway, sure, I'll drink water and eat some eggs with a side of Excedrin. I'll also have Pedialyte freezer pops, which are made for sick children and idiots to have fun rehydrating themselves, and which actually do work, sometimes."

 

On her go-to supplements:
"Isn't that how we got into this mess?"

 

 

 

On dressing up & going out versus staying in while hungover:
"Stay in."

 

On the best meal to down before going out: 
"Steak frites with a side of enzyme less spinach."

 

On her favorite hangover breakfast:
"All of them. Lately, I love to have herring and dark rye bread and a soft-boiled egg and then some clementines. If I'm hungover and I can stomach it, I'll order a hamburger."

 

On her favorite drunk food:
"A McChicken with fries and a Diet Coke."

 

Sweating it out while hungover: yes or no?
"No."

 

Hair of the dog: yes or no?
"No. I stick to coffee."

 

On her tips to avoiding a hangover:
"Very occasionally, I'll remember to fill up an old wine bottle with water and bring it to bed."

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