You Fell Asleep in Makeup---Now What? See Our New Year's Eve Hangover Skincare Guide
If the excitement of New Year's Eve (and maybe one too many glasses of Veuve) caused you to wake up this morning in last night's makeup, don't worry--it happens to the best of us. Even though you accidentally fell asleep in makeup, that doesn't mean your complexion will have to suffer. First things first, grab the face wash and eye makeup remover as soon as you wake up. "One night isn't going to kill you, but I would recommend that you wash your face immediately, and use a deep cleansing mask in order to really purify your skin after a long night," says Susan Kenward, product developer of Vineyard Hill Naturals.
Celebrity makeup artist Lauren Lazaro recommends using a Clarisonic brush ($145; nordstrom.com) paired with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil ($12; ulta.com) to really unclog your pores, but if you don't have a face brush on hand, Olay's Fresh Effects Acne Hater Deep Scrub ($7; olay.com) should do the trick. "This scrub is formulated with 2% salicylic acid, and penetrates pores to clear breakouts and blackheads while reducing excess oil," says dermatologist Dr. Omar Torres. "By doing a good, deep cleansing, you can take away all the particles that might be clogging the pores."
We recommend following with the aptly-titled X-Treme Hangover Mask by Rodial ($56; nordstrom.com) to prevent future breakouts, though more sensitive skin types can simply opt to apply a few drops of tea tree oil over any existing blemishes. "You may want to put a cold compress on to close your pores," adds Lazaro. A soothing eye gel like Benefit's Puff Off ($29; sephora.com) teamed with a few drops of Visine ($2; drugstore.com) will stop last night's faux lashes, glitter, and mascara from irritating your eyes, and if you can help it, avoid wearing makeup for the better part of the day. "Ideally, you'd allow your pores to breathe all day, but if you need to apply makeup, use a small dose of something light like a BB cream," adds Kenward. Our pick? Going solo with an antioxidant-rich primer like Too Faced's Hangover Replenishing version ($32; ulta.com) which evens out tone and mattifies the skin, sans any pigmented coverage, and has a dose of coconut water in the formula to give your complexion some extra TLC.