It’s great waking up to pretty skin. Most days, it’s just my foggy vision blurring my face into evenly toned, pore-free gorgeousness – but I do have an arsenal of no-fail products for days I need to wake up looking like a Disney princess.
For smooth, ready-to-go morning hair, I start with a good blow dry (either left over from my day, or after a night shower). Sleeping on wet hair has never done me any favors. Before heading to bed, I rub a few pumps of Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue $38, on my palms and coat my hair from the middle to the ends. A quick pass with a wide tooth comb, and it’s good to go. In the morning, I have freshly conditioned, pretty-scented, silky hair that’s ready to walk out the door. My only word of caution is to err on the side of too little product – too much looks greasy.
For my face, I can’t forsake my old stand-by: Alba Even Advanced Night Cream $15. It really evens my skin tone and makes my pores less noticeable.. but for can’t-risk-it days (weddings, brunches, and DRIVER’S LICENSE PHOTOS) I turn to AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Vitalizing Masque $60. After cleansing with my Clarisonic brush and finishing off with Clinique Clarifying Lotion, I apply the “masque” generously all over my face and neck. It feels like a moisturizer, but takes a little longer to soak in. It’s miraculously not greasy, sticky, or chalky, so my compliments to the chef.
In the morning, my face is plump (in a good way), smooth, soft, and even. After a quick rinse, I have the perfect canvas for Big Day makeup.
Lastly, there are the eyes. One big problem with my “need to look good tomorrow” nights is that my sleep is often compromised, and the eye bags give it away. I don’t typically have issues with redness or puffiness, but when I do, it’s on an important day. I’ve found out, though, that I can usually nip the problem in the bud with Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage $28. It’s an eye serum with a metal roller ball applicator – which I always found a little gimmicky until this. I rub the cold metal under my eyes and over my lids before bed, and by morning – normal eyes with normal eyelids. I couldn’t ask for more. It doesn’t do the miracle work of my everyday eye cream, but I can easily tap that on in the morning to take care of fine lines, dryness and circles.
These three products are my best shot at overnight success. But I’ve also heard amazing things about Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery and I’m kind of dying to try it when my buying ban is up.
Do you have a no-fail night routine?