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Marianne Mychaskiw
Jan 01, 2016 @ 8:00 am

It happens to even the most careful of us ... After an especially eventful New Year's Eve (and possibly one too many cocktails), you wake up to find that your expertly-blended contour and highlight job has left a Shroud of Turin-esque imprint on your white pillowcase, accompanied by the sinking feeling you fell asleep in your makeup again. The first obvious step? Get thee to an Uber (if you didn't pass out at home base, that is) so you can wash your face as soon as possible. Excessive smoky shadow and mascara could irritate your eyes and result in a stye, so peel off your faux lashes and give your lids a quick pass of makeup remover before moving onto the cleanser. We recommend seeking out an acne-fighting formula like Nip + Fab's Glycolic Fix ($8; to kill any bacteria before a bump has the chance to surface, or a scrub like Kate Somerville's Exfolikate ($65; to really unclog your pores.

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Once all of your makeup is gone, you can follow with a mask like Glamglow's Supermud Clearing Treatment ($69; for extra insurance, though if this is already too aggressive for your skin, simply apply a spot treatment over any existing blemishes. If you don't have any plans for the rest of the day, binge watch your latest show of choice makeup-free and allow your skin to breathe, but if you're going out with friends later, choose a lightweight BB or CC cream, and go easy on the eyes. Avoid a repeat offense and keep a pack of makeup remover wipes like Neutrogena's ($6; on your bedside table for when you're just too tired make it all the way to the bathroom, or stashed in your handbag for those especially late nights.

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