It's 3 a.m., and you just came home from a late-night party. You know you should wash your face before collapsing into bed, but suddenly it's morning and you're waking up with black smudges all over your pillow—you slept in your makeup. A glimpse in the mirror reveals puffy, dehydrated skin and bloodshot eyes, yikes! Here's how to de-stress your poor skin after a late night out.
First thing's first: Get the makeup off! Use cleansing oil, pads, or liquids (read about our favorite makeup removers) to purify your eyes and skin. Then erase leftover impurities with a mild, nonabrasive face wash such as Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. If you're beyond exhausted, you can still remove your eye makeup with makeup wipes—keep a pack by your nightstand.
Treat your parched skin to a hydrating and calming cloth face mask to detoxify and replenish moisture. We're addicted to our Myfaceworks I Need to Detox Facial Mask. Try drinking a large glass of coconut water post-partying to rejuvenate your system.
If your skin is inflamed from the previous night's antics, you may notice small red lines (called capillaries) on your red complexion. Reduce inflammation with a light moisturizer designed for sensitive skin. Try Avéne Cream for Intolerant Skin. And don't forget the eye drops to reduce eye redness!
Dark circles, blemishes that sprouted overnight, and ruddy skin (see above) are all telltale signs of a late night out on the town. Pair a full coverage concealer with a light-diffusing highlighter for flawless skin. Beautylish recommends Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector.
Give your skin a break with simple makeup. Skip the thick foundation, eye liner, and lipstick, and just curl your lashes and apply a light coat of mascara for definition. Swipe on a glossy tinted lip balm (like Korres Lip Butter in Quince) to add texture and moisture. Slick your hair back into a donut bun for easy chic.