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January 31st, 2010

Anti-Hangover Tips from a Makeup Pro

A few tricks to help conceal that you had one too many last night from Katherine Crenshaw of Cren de la Cren.

Don't sleep in your makeup! Get a great makeup removerMAC makeup wipes are amazing - they will take anything off in just a few wipes, even if you're a tiny bit tipsy.

If you do sleep in your makeup, it's not the end of the world - but take everything off in the morning. If your eyes are red and puffy, reach for eye drops and follow with something cold to put on your eyes for 15 minutes. I love Rohto's cooling eye drops - they wipe out any sign of redness which makes it look as if you have had a full 8 hours of sleep. They also make you feel super refreshed. Follow with cool cucumber slices, tea bags, or Sephora's Instant Depuffing Eye Mask. The tea bag or mask's caffeine will constrict swollen blood vessels that make your eyes appear puffy and tired.

Once you have whitened and de-puffed, make sure you conceal your dark circles with a good concealer. Marc Jacobs' new remedy concealer pen has a nice yellow base to mask the darkness under your eyes. Also, the cool metal applicator feels nice! Use a nude eyeliner to line your inner rims - this will make your eyes look larger and conceal any redness. Add a few coats of mascara for volume and definition.

Next, bring some color to your face. After you slather on moisturizer, add a little oomph by using a bit of bronzer and some blush that is maybe one shade brighter than you'd normally wear. This pop of color will wake up your complexion. You can also do the same with your lipstick. Choose a shade or two brighter in a tinted moisturizing balm to bring the focus to the color on your face!

Katherine Crenshaw is an Austin-based makeup artist. 

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