It’s been the night of your life: you`ve spent hours dancing, enjoying drinks, conversing with friends and making new ones and the last thing you’re thinking about as you hit the bed, couch or – in some cases – the floor, at the end of the night is going to work the next day. You fall into a blissful, deep sleep and don`t have a care in the world… until your alarm goes off. Waking up with a start you realize that you’ve got to be at the office. The problem: you’re not at your house. Now you`re stuck walking into work with that “morning after” look that’s sure to be the hot subject of conversation at the water cooler.
While this scene is a bit exaggerated, many women can`t deny that they can relate to the situation described above. The morning after look isn`t always very flattering, especially if you have to be at work the next day. While suffering from the morning after look doesn`t always have to indicate that you`ve spent a wild night in the hay, you don`t want to give your coworkers something to talk about. Whether you actually spent a wild night in the hay or simply had too much fun the night before and passed out at a girlfriend’s house, having the perfect plan for the morning after look will prevent any office gossip and no one will be the wiser.
If you plan on going out on a work night, you absolutely must put together the morning after emergency pack. Depending on the nature of your work, dress code and other lifestyle factors, the items you choose to include may vary. Generally speaking, the first thing you’ll want to throw into your morning after the emergency pack is a change of clothes for the office. Make sure you’ve got a clean top, pants/skirt, shoes, undies, and accessories. Don`t forget your favorite perfume and deodorant if you don`t have time for a quick shower. But it takes more than dressing the part to combat the morning after look.
Your face is often the telltale sign of pulling an all-nighter. Some party gals commit the biggest crime by falling asleep with all of their makeup on, which can wreak havoc on your face the next morning. Others may cleanse the night before but still wake up with dark circles or bags under the eyes from lack of sleep. Tackle this problem the morning after by adding a two-in-one cleanser and makeup remover to your morning after emergency pack, as well as the toner to get rid of excess residue from the night before that your cleanser may miss.
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You can find travel size versions of your skincare products or purchase clear, empty travel size bottles to squeeze a small amount of your cleanser and toner into. Don`t forget the moisturizer! Now to cover up the morning after signs: light concealer for the eye area and foundation to give your complexion an overall uniform appearance. You don’t have to go overboard on the foundation, either. One thin layer should do the trick. Add a touch of mascara to make your eyes pop and a dab of gloss to your lips and you`ve got a face that indicates anything but the morning after an experience.
While makeup is the main fixer-upper, you should also include hair products in your morning after emergency pack. Add a brush/comb, butterfly clip and smoothing serum to your pack to give yourself a sleek and clean hairstyle for the office.