So you over-indulged a little—er, a lot—last night (wine, cheese, and dancing, oh my). Hey, you deserve it! If you're paying for it this morning, celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg shares her tricks on how to look pulled together—fast.
Steep two green tea bags in hot water. Let them cool, then apply them onto the eye area for a few minutes. The caffeine in them helps to stimulate blood flow to flatten puffiness, while the antioxidants help to calm down inflammation so you look like you slept for a lot longer than you did. While you’re spa-ing out, sip on something with electrolytes to help hydrate your body so you look and feel better.
2Grab a Mint (Mask).
Keep a mint-scented face mask in your shower for those mornings when you and your skin need a jolt. One of Jamie’s favorites: IS Clinical CoolMint Revitalizing Masque ($56, dermstore.com), which also has green tea, aloe, and hyaluronic acid to soothe and plump sleepy skin. Extra credit: If you can stand it, do a cool water rinse before you hop out—it’ll decrease puffiness and make your hair look a little shinier.
3Keep It Simple.
Although you might feel the need to slather on every product in your bathroom to perk up your look, remember: less is more. Rub on tinted moisturizer (look for a formula with light diffusers to brighten dull skin), dab concealer onto any problem spots (dark circles, redness around the nose, etc.), then swipe on a bold lipstick. Doing so will keep the focus on your lips (not your tired eyes) and add a pop of color. Jamie’s go-to red lipstick: ColourPop Lippie Pencil in Behr Hug ($5, colourpop.com), a creamy cherry, that flatters most skintones. Bonus: If you have any mascara or lip gloss that’s tinted blue, now is the time to use it. CoverGirl Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara in Blue Black ($10, amazon.com) will brighten the whites of your eyes. It Cosmetics News Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flusher Butter Gloss ($24, ulta.com), goes on clear, but contains tiny blue pigments that counteract dullness so your smile looks whiter.
4Make Face Mist Your Friend.
Pack a travel-size face mist in your bag and keep it beside your computer. When you’re feeling super tired, hold it an arm’s length away from your skin and spritz. It’ll moisturize your complexion, but more importantly, serve as a mini mental break so you can power through your day. A good one: Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($18 for 1oz., sephora.com).
Now throw your hair in a messy top knot and grab your shades—your secret’s safe with us.