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It’s one of life’s great ironies: We go into every new year with the intention of being our best selves, only to spend the majority of January 1 hungover on the couch. Even if you didn’t rage all night for New Year’s Eve, it’s kind of hard not to feel utterly exhausted after a whirlwind holiday season filled with parties, shopping and, well, stress.
Since you don’t exactly want to roll up to work tomorrow looking like you stayed up late all break binge-watching “Making a Murderer” (so good), we asked a handful of celebrity makeup artists—those people tasked with making stars appear gorgeous when they have back-to-back red carpet events and after parties—for their tips on how to look more awake. Scroll through and prepare to fool everyone.
“After a long night out, the last thing I want to do is a long makeup routine, so I always go for a smoky eye with butter LONDON Smoke Sticks. I have my makeup match my morning-after mood—rock ‘n’ roll chic—so I start with the smoke end of the stick and create a V shape at the outer edge of the eye. I then use the highlight end in the inner corners to create a brighter appearance. I recommend you go for it: the smokier your lids, the whiter and brighter your peepers will look.”
Charlotte Tilbury, celebrity makeup artist to Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Amal Clooney
“My ‘Tilbury Tap’ method is the ultimate wake-up call, especially after a long night out! I apply my miracle-working moisturizer, Magic Cream, which literally floods the skin with moisture. Then, I blend it out across the cheekbones like angel wings, and tap in a pitter-patter motion across the forehead, nose, and chin. This movement stimulates lymphatic drainage and boosts circulation for gorgeous, radiant, and youthful skin.”
Fiona Stiles, celebrity makeup artist to Amanda Seyfried, Zoe Saldana, and Carine Roitfeld
“When you’ve had a long night out and your eyes are puffy the next day, I find that adding a little extra liner along the top lash line helps to camouflage it. The skin on the eye gets stretched out when it’s puffy and swollen, which makes it look shiny and pink. Some dark brown liner and a few extra coats of mascara are enough to deflect the obvious puffiness. PS: This also works great after a big cry.”
Mai Quynh, celebrity makeup artist to Jessica Chastain, Emmy Rossum, and Tessa Thompson
“I love using a face mask for extra hydration. Not only does it calm your skin, but it will leave it looking radiant and restful.”
Pati Dubroff, celebrity makeup artist to Charlize Theron, Julianne Moore, and Eva Mendes
“Ice ice baby! It’s all about using cold to reduce puffiness and signs of prior-night excess. The ideal is to have on hand Eyecicles from 001 London, but good old teaspoons do the trick, too. Place a couple teaspoons in a cup with ice and place the teaspoons over your eyes. Smooth the spoons—smooth side, of course—around your cheekbones and jaw.”
Camara Aunique, celebrity makeup artist to June Ambrose, Andra Day, and Garcelle Beauvais
“[Santa Maria Novella] rose water tonic from Florence works wonders! It instantly hydrates the skin, giving it a refreshed look. My client Lisa Price, the founder of Carol’s Daughter, compares it to someone taking a huge bag of wet rose petals and just lightly dropping them on you in a blissful way. It can be used as a hydrating spray, toner, and makeup remover.”
Georgi Sandev, editorial makeup artist for VOGUE Brasil, Lui Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar China
“Use a lip scrub to make sure that wine stain from the night before is completely gone. A smooth lip always adds that extra oomph to the overall freshness of your look. Never forget: an eyelash curler can work magic! It is an instant eye opener. Curl your lashes for an immediate awakening of the face. Follow with a soft coat of mascara if desired; Hynt Beauty is organic and works beautifully.”