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Getting glamorous… in your sleep!

  Thursday 7th March 2013

So you’ve come in from a night out and there’s a message from your Mum waiting on your answer phone. “Glad the essay writing went well, see you for brunch in the morning!” This, or something similar, has happened or will happen to everyone once. You’re dreading having to beautify yourself while hungover, so let your drunk self give you a kind helping hand with these cheeky overnight beauty tips.

First and foremost, wash off all the dancing sweat, streaky make-up, man gaze and kebab van goodness off your face. You don’t want any of that seeping into your pores and causing breakouts. We recommend an oil-based make-up remover and a light cleanser. Also, brush your teeth, and floss! We know how easy it is to forget when you’re a little tipsy, but nobody need wine-stained teeth.

Deep sleep is the prime time for your body to give itself some repair work, so why not give it a helping hand. Hair masks and serums can be expensive, so go to your local Holland & Barrett or even eBay, grab yourself some 100% coconut oil. Completely cover your hair in it overnight and it will do absolute wonders… It’s also great to cook with, incidentally!

Lash Serum… sounds fancy doesn’t it? Don’t bother. Lightly coat your lashes in Vaseline or a really good moisturiser. This tactic has been proven to increase eyelash thickness and growth visibly in just 2-4 nights. Just… try not to poke your eye out. Plonk some Vaseline on your lips too for a silky smooth morning pout.

How many times have your friends said “you look so tired babe”? This can often be due to tossing and turning in a hot room and remaining in a lighter sleep, meaning you’re more sensitive to interruption. Turn the heating off in your room, put on some snug jammies and throw a blanket over your duvet. This will stop your bedroom from getting dry (and, in turn, your hair and skin) but will still allow you to keep as warm as you need to be.

A super thick and deep working moisturiser is your best friend during the early hours. First, mix honey, sugar and a bit of water to create a natural exfoliating scrub for your hands and feet. Wash this off, then smother your feet and hands in the stuff and go to sleep wearing bed socks and, if you have them, moisturising gloves.

Lastly, down a pint of water, and perhaps take a paracetamol. Trust us. Aside from helping your hangover, we all get extremely dehydrated in our sleep, which makes your skin look tired.

Boil two Earl Grey teabags first thing in the morning, let them cool while you’re in the shower, and then rest them on your eyes for ten minutes. This will reduce puffiness and bags.

Avoid heat when styling your hair. Aside from the obvious repercussions, it will make your hangover so much worse. Pick a comfy but cute outfit, go for natural-looking make-up (mix your foundation with a day moisturiser) and you’re ready to convince the world that you spent the night in studying.

Elizabeth Finney

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