Problem Solvers

A field guide to surviving party season looking fabulous

Last Updated: 06/12/2021

We would suggest backing away from the fifth glass of champagne but don’t want to flout the first rule of festivities: namely, eat, drink and end up very merry. It’s all well and good getting tipsy on Tuesday, but when you wake up at the weekend and wonder what happened to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, you probably look like a walking health warning (we’re pointing the finger at Advocaat… ouch). A swift Corpse Reviver can help you feel human but looking alive takes a little more effort. So, quickly equip your {make up}, {skin care} and {sleep}-themed beside table ‘rescue kits’ with these heroes that help ‘fake awake’ in your next meeting when the hangover’s bangin’ as hard as last night’s party…

A selection of skin care, make up and wellbeing staples for surviving party season

Step one: hydrate

If you don’t have a mixologist on speed-dial (you need someone to whip you up the bloodiest of Marys), be your own bartender and reach straight for {H3O Hydration} (the brainchild of the aptly-branded {Rejuvenated Ltd}). Created to replenish cells’ reservoirs while topping up your precious salts, mix into water (it’s pink!) and then sip from your jazziest glass as you stagger around in your dressing gown channelling Holly Golightly.

Step two: coffee

With your insides revitalised, head for the shower and wake up your face with a strong macchiato for sluggish complexions. {frank body’s} invigorating {Original Coffee Scrub} gives skin a much-needed ‘zing’ in the morning — enlivening parched and lacklustre limbs with real coffee grounds and a fresh fragrance.

A woman in her underwear using Frank Body's Original Coffee Scrub

Step three: save face

Your sleep-deprived eyes are the sure-fire sign of late-night activities. Conquer your ocular luggage with {SUMMER FRIDAYS’} {Skincare Regiment Set}, starring the industry-lauded Jet Lag Mask (it’s not just for jet lag), before following up with the {Caffeine Eye Serum} from {THE INKEY LIST} — the silky formula shrinks capillaries to send your eye-bags packing.

Feeling fatigued? Silly question… enter: {Kosas’} skin-loving {Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer} to make light work of dark circles — neutralising shadows so you look more bright-eyed and bushy tailed, all while providing cumulative benefit via a blend of caffeine, peptides, hyaluronic acid and algae. And, if you still need assistance in the form of intense (like, really intense) coverage, trust {Huda Beauty’s} {Overachiever Concealer} to vanquish the impact of overindulgence. It’s a flexible, long-wearing, pigment-packed ‘fixer’, this disappears everything threatening flawlessness.

Ace your base and pretend you’re well-rested with {Too Faced‘s} phenomenal {Hangover Primer} — it’s brimming with coconut water to quench your cells’ thirst and restore misplaced radiance (you left it on the dance floor… along with your dignity). Follow with a dewy tinted moisturiser ({Saie’s} {Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer is faultless}) and a sheer, rosy flush to enliven in seconds. {NARS Liquid Blush} in shade ‘Orgasm’ boasts the most flattering blend of pink, coral and golden-toned pigments to give skin a much-needed lift — think: ‘hair of the dog’ for your less-than-fresh face.

Finish with a sweep of {Charlotte’s Genius Magic Powder} by {Charlotte Tilbury} — it works like an Instagram filter — and keep a handy bottle of {Jordan Samuel Skin‘s} {Hydrate the Mist} ‘al desko’ to combat the after-lunch slump. This heavenly, moisturising cocktail of antioxidant-rich red seaweed extract, cucumber extract and glycerin will clear cobwebs, impart glow and make you feel more like yourself. In fact, you might even feel ready for post-work aperitivos… mischief, managed!


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...