This is not a drill.
Casual weeknight drinks turn into, oh, a bottle of wine (or three) split between the table (of two) more often than we’d like to admit. And despite the fact that it totally feels like a Friday after that fifth glass of merlot, it’s, well, still Tuesday, and all of those emails and conference calls still need to be dealt with come Wednesday morning. It’s all so hard, isn’t it?
Our pre-work mornings are already tight for time, forget factoring in added obstacles like a pounding headache, dry mouth, and puffy eyes. Here’s how to deal (and what not to do) when you can’t spend the whole day curled up on your couch with Gatorade and Netflix.
Eat quick, easily digestible calories.
Think toast (better if it’s burnt, as the carbon will help filter impurities), cereal, yogurt, and fruit. Keep it light and simple—not greasy (even though that sloppy bacon-and-egg-filled breakfast sandwich looks soooo good right about now).
Soothe your skin.
A quick mix of honey and yogurt will do double duty: “Yogurt disinflames the skin, while the honey hydrates,” says Joanna Vargas, a celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection. And if you don’t have time—we get that the whole application process will likely take a bit more than a minute—exfoliate. “Exfoliation usually acts as a mini facial,” claims Vargas. “It will bring your glow back immediately!”
Lower your caffeine intake.
Yeah, when we’re hungover we want an Americano the size of our heads, too, but too much coffee too soon can make you feel worse. Have a small cup if it’s your daily ritual, but hold off on any more until you feel better.
Conceal and distract.
When just feeling better isn’t enough, covering up those telltale signs is a necessity. “When it comes to concealing under-eye puffiness with makeup, the most important thing to remember is to stay away from concealers that are too light,” advises Sonia Kashuk, the makeup artist and founder of an eponymous beauty line. “Go with a shade that’s closer to your foundation. It’s always better to go slightly warmer because anything too light will look artificial and attract more attention to problem areas. Use a little bit of foundation to avoid discoloration on the lid. Use a creamy white liner like my new Dramatically Brightening Kajal inside the rim and on the water line to brighten and define the eye. Then apply mascara to open up your eyes and make them look less tired. Also, use an eyelash curler and a hint of shimmer on the eye to trap light and give it a sparkle. Apply a bit of blush—it will instantly brighten the face. Finally, go for a strong lip so it draws focus from bloodshot eyes! Another approach is to own the darkness of the eye with a smoky look and add a pop of color to the lip and cheek to further brighten the face.”
It’s pretty much the best thing you can do. Drink as much water, coconut water, Gatorade—whatever gets you going—as you can.
Take a pain reliever
Okay, so this won’t make you feel better in a minute flat, but some good old ibuprofen can make a world of difference within half an hour. Take it from us: we keep Advil stashed in our desk drawers.