5 Makeup Hacks That’ll Hide That You’re 100 Percent Hungover

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New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, which means that you have plenty of parties to hit up. But you know that wherever you go, the drinks are going to be flowing and you’ll inevitably wake up looking and feeling like death.

This isn’t your first time at the rodeo.

You love being the life of the party, but always regret what comes after.  More specifically, what happens to your face: Puffy eyes, a stuffy nose and dark circles to match your blotchy skin. If you’ve ever looked at yourself in the mirror come morning and thought, “There’s no way I’m leaving my house,” you have a serious makeup emergency and I have the cure.


Honestly, is there anything that makeup can’t do? The key to pulling this off is using makeup that will give you a fresh, rejuvenated look without all of the dramatics. Bold eye shadow is a hard pass.

These makeup hacks will help you hit the reset button and pretend you didn’t spend last night hugging the toilet.

Step 1: Wash and moisturize your face.

Drinking completely drains your skin of its natural moisture. Restoring that moisture is crucial to hiding any evidence of your killer hangover. Apply an even layer of thick moisturizer to hydrate your skin. This is one of the top makeup hacks to fool your friends.

Step 2: Use primer to create a barrier between your skin and your makeup.

Any makeup product that you put on your face will be absorbed by your dehydrated skin, plain and simple. Wearing primer will help your makeup last longer. Honestly, you don’t need a reason to wear primer.

Step 3: Use color correcting concealer to cover your dark circles and under eye bags.

There’s no stronger weapon than strategically placed concealer. Concealer will make your dark circles look less harsh and mask exactly how much you drank last night. Green concealer will balance out any hints of red in your face; purple will revitalize your skin; beige will tackle any discoloration, especially those dark circles.

Step 4: Say NO to foundation. Instead, use a natural blush or highlighter to add color to your face.

This makeup hack is crucial to bring your entire look together. There’s a chance that your foundation will look chalky because of how thirsty your skin is. If your skin is feeling a little naked, a natural blush or highlighter palette will help disguise the exhaustion on your face. This has a bonus effect of giving your skin a dewy finish!

Step 5: Stick to neutral eye shadow tones.

Avoid the smokey eye look at all costs. When you’re that tired and hungover, your smokey eye will make you look like you passed out and forgot to take your makeup off. Use minimal eye shadow in neutral tones or forgo it completely!