…And I don’t mean the sexy kind. Unfortunately, I am a connoisseur of the dubious art of the working all-nighter and have done this more times than I care to admit. But this is a shame-free zone! We are here to talk about how to weather this crisis with grace and emerge the next day looking like a human being, instead of a zombie/swamp monster hybrid.
If collapsing into bed after an all-nighter and sleeping till the apocalypse is not an option, the next best thing to do is to fake it till you make it. But how does one banish dull and dry skin, dark circles and puffiness? Meet your fairy godmother: Skincare McMakeup.
The night before, as you’re doing your all-nighter, put two spoons and a sheet mask in the fridge (I especially like the Innisfree Olive Hydro Gel Mask). They will serve an important function the next day.
Step one: Take a thorough shower.
A cold shower is preferable to a warm one; hot water dries out your skin, which you do NOT need after an all-nighter. If you must take a warm shower, finish off with a blast of cold water. The cold water sends a screaming wakeup message to your brain, and has the additional benefits of improving blood circulation (especially if you alternate hot and cold temperatures), closing pores and making hair shiny.
Step 2: Chill out
After doing your regular morning routine (brushing teeth, grooming, etc), it’s time for the most important part of the whole process. Take the spoons and sheet mask out of the fridge. Lie back, put the spoons on your eyes, lay the sheet mask on your face, and just relax for 10 minutes or so. The spoons and the mask act as cold compresses and greatly reduce puffiness. The mask is something special though – its serum intensively moisturises your skin, leaving it glowing and dewy. All-nighter? What all-nighter?
Step 3: Lymphatic massage
If you’re in a rush, or if you’re satisfied by the results in the previous step, skip this step. But I find that a quick 2-minute lymphatic massage, using the serum from the mask for lubrication, really refreshes my face and completely banishes the physical traces of a gruelling night. This YouTube video by danceandmelodee explains it far better than I ever could (0:18 – 2:16).
Step 4: Makeup
I could do a whole post on brightening makeup, but dot points will suffice for now.
- A light hand with concealing is actually more effective than spackling on the facepaint when your skin is tired. I mix concealer with moisturiser till I reach my ideal consistency. This avoids cakiness, dryness and any settling of concealer into fine lines.
- The oldest tricks in the book for bright and alert eyes are (a) to curl your lashes, and (b) to line your waterline with a waterproof nude eye pencil (Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude sis excellent).
- Brush on some brightening blush and lipstick, and you’re done!
Congratulations – you have successfully fooled the world into thinking you’ve had a great night’s sleep! Now, just remember not to operate heavy machinery. An all-nighter is dangerous stuff and shouldn’t be attempted more than once in a long, long while.