I am sure even goddess Kate Moss wakes up sometimes and hates what she sees in the mirror. I am also guessing this doesn’t happen nearly as often as to most human beings, but I am fairly certain this must have happened at least a couple of times.
I am talking about that crippling fear you feel on that very morning you really need your face to feel and look great, and it doesn’t. Like that pimple that emerges overnight after weeks of spotless skin that day you have the meeting. Like a pair of stubborn puffy eyes that persist in spite of your 8-hours night’s sleep. From the moment you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror on that fateful morning, you won’t be able to go on with your day without remembering you look like that.
But rejoice, for we are in the 21st century and there are solutions. Here are some tips on how to look good on bad days from someone with a lot of hair and a tendency to puffy eyes.
Just add concealer
While the first impulse after checking yourself out in horror may be to cover your face with paint, this might as well just make it worse. It wouldn’t be the first time that you mess up that eyeliner out of stress. A little concealer on the critical parts might make the situation acceptable and let you chill a little — so that, if you really want to go for that eyeliner, you can do it with a steady hand. Better going for multi-tasking mineral concealers, which fix your face in general instead of just hiding the truth.
Make your eyes bigger
Sometimes what happens is what I like to call ‘the moon face’. It’s when you wake up and your face is twice its regular size, a phenomenon usually associated with a night of revelries. My trick is to trick (!) others into thinking that the increase in size has involved not only my chipmunk cheeks, but also my eyes. Sometimes, a little mascara (top and bottom lashes) is enough. Sometimes, it takes a little extra kohl on your upper lid and on the side. Just avoid to add any kohl underneath to prevent the chubby goth teen look.
Just distract everyone with a bold lip
Look! I got flaming red lipstick! And that’s all you need to remember of me today. For how absurd it may sound, this is a great way to drive the attention away from your typical hangover face. On these occasions, I like to put lipstick on alone, maybe a hint of concealer when the situation is extreme.
Let your hair down (it covers your face)
When the day is a no-no, one of the first instinct is to keep your hair up and forget about it. But it doesn’t help your purpose, since it’s scientifically demonstrated that on most bad days your hair is not very clean — just simple Murphy’s law. If you manage let your hair down and style it a little, it’s actually a great device to hide parts of your face into.
Whatever, you’re awesome
Another solution: don’t care. Stare at yourself fiercely and realize it might be a bad hair (and face) day, but tomorrow it’s another chance. Also, you’re awesome!