Let me be clear. I don’t hate sleep, but I am staring down the barrel of two nights (Wednesday and Thursday) with little sleep, one long day tomorrow, a full size day Friday and the need to be fresh and ready-to-interact with the public and colleagues both days.
For tomorrow, I got started with my beauty routine tonight. These five steps are essential for nights of little sleep when you need to be on point in a rush tomorrow.
Step one: I thoroughly remove my makeup
Taking off your makeup should be a no brainer, but I fess up to not always doing this before I pass out at night. The night before a hurried big day, it is essential to do so. Use a make-up remover towelette or a face wash/remover that specifically removes eye make-up. You will waste more time trying to separate lashes clumped by a mascara the day after than it takes to remove the makeup the night before. This will also help your face rest for the day ahead even though you aren’t going to get all the shut eye you need.
I am on a two-day hair wash cycle but a daily shower cycle. From time-to-time this necessitates using a dry shampoo to help absorb any oil at the roots and fluff up the hair for the day ahead. However, I prefer a powdered dry shampoo and that can be difficult to comb out in the morning or to blend. How to solve this problem? I use it the night before when possible. Sprinkle in the dry shampoo — I use Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo — and then finger comb. If it doesn’t blend it totally, it’s no big deal. It will be assimilated when you wake up the next morning.
Step three: I use a refreshing eye serum.
When you wake up tomorrow morning, whatever your tomorrow morning may be, use your favorite cooling product to refresh your face. I don’t often use a face serum because of my skincare needs, but I swear by Clinique eye depuffing serum. It goes on easy and the cooling sensation makes my peepers feel refreshed to face the day. I typically use this first thing in the morning (sometimes with an anti-red eye eye drop). A few minutes later I return to the mirror to do my makeup.
When you’re facing an important day, it is tempting to overload on make-up even though you’re exhausted. For supermodels this works, but for most of us, the results vary drastically to the dead raccoon side of the scale. However, make-up well done will make you look perkier overall. Recently, I invested in a set of several different shades of Clinique’s chubby eyeshadow sticks to streamline my make-up routine on stressful mornings and to keep me from taking powder eyeshadow one step too far (I love to layer and blend color). It works wonders for saving time, and using a series of complementary shades still allows me to create dynamic looks.
Step five: I darken my foundation blend
When I’m tired, my foundation doesn’t quite look as well as it does every other day of the week. My complexion becomes more pale and looses a bit of lustre. To combat this, I use my second shade of L’Oreal Mineral Make-Up, which is one shade darker, and blend it in with my lighter shade to darken my complexion just a bit more than usual while still providing great coverage and not going too permatan.