Hangover Makeup Tutorial vs Hangover Makeup Tutorial

I have recently been watching two makeup tutorials regarding how to put on makeup to make yourself look better when you are hungover (or sick).

Both of these tutorials have some great information, but they also have WTF moments.  Here are a few of my WTF observations:

  1. Liquid eyeliner – WTF? Liquid eyeliner can sense fear – and it can certainly tell if you have the shakes. Even going with an imperfect look, you’re probably going to look like a mess.
  2. Mixing eyeshadows to create a custom color – Another WTF? Creating custom eyeshadow colors when you are trying not to puke is a bad idea – you may wind up with two different colors on each lid and still look like a mess.
  3. False lashes – ARE YOU KIDDING ME? No sharp objects (tweezers or lash holders) any where near the eye when you feel like crap. You don’t need a hangover plus an eye injury.
  4. Pinpoint concealer – My focus will be on not puking, not pinpoint concealing. Anything precise seems like too much work.

What I found useful:

  1. Ice – Help get some of the puffiness down.
  2. Illuminating primer – Make yourself look less gray.
  3. Tinted moisturizer – You don’t have to be precise and it is moisturizer (bonus).
  4. Liquid concealer (something close to your skin tone) – Get it under your eyes and on the red spots – blend it with a finger or a concealer brush as best as you can.
  5. Eyeshadow stick – Smudge it – and it will look deliberate and sexy – not like you had no motor control.
  6. Light bronzer – It is too easy to go overboard, so go light with it – looking orange is not good.
  7. Light blush – Something delicate (if you are not already too red – if you are red, skip this).
  8. Lip balm or lip gloss – Moisturizing and easy to apply with unsteady hands.
  9. Hydrating – if you are dehydrated, get the fluids back in you (if you can without puking them up).

Like any advice, take what is useful and discard the rest. Here are the two tutorials:

Pixiwoo – Makeup For When You’re Hungover But You Still Gotta Work

Lisa Eldridge – Hungover to Hot


Today, I heard the very sad news about Kate Spade. I cannot image what she was going through at the end. I grieve for her, for her loved ones, for those that have lost the struggle with depression, and for those that have lost a loved one to suicide.

I have had my struggles with depression. I have “functioned” with a smile on my face, all while feeling dead on the inside. However, I responded well to medication and therapy. I know that I am fortunate.

Mental illness does not have the stigma that it did 30 years ago. There is better understanding (and education) about many different mental illnesses that people hid so long ago. Having a mental illness does not make you weak, it makes you a person who is dealing with a disease that is as real as any other “physical” illness.

I don’t know what one should say to a person struggling with depression, as that can be difficult. Just as different physiology deals with cancer differently, different physiology deals with depression differently. There is no one size fits all words of comfort and help.

That being said, I know that you should not tell a person struggling with depression that it is all in their head (it is not). You should not say “How can you be depressed when you are so fortunate? Smile, everything is fine.” Someone said that to me, and I can speak from personal experience, it was a horrible thing to say. It made me feel worse. It made me feel like I didn’t deserve what I did have, and it brought me to a darker place. Comments like that do not help. People know what they do and do not have, and whether or not they are fortunate. Depression has nothing to do with what you have or don’t have.

What I do know is that there are resources out there that can help, and there is no shame in asking for it.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255