Your Post-St. Patrick’s Day Beauty Survival Guide

March 18th, 7am:  the alarm goes off, and it signals the headache of a lifetime. You stumble to the bathroom mirror and gasp in horror at your pale skin, greasy hair, and remnants of sparkly green eyeshadow streaked across your face. You have mere minutes to throw yourself together and get to work. So what do you do, hotshot?

In the midst of a nasty, post-St. Patrick’s Day hangover, you can’t formulate an action plan to disguise your crazy night. You can’t even wrap your head around the coffeemaker right now.

Never fear — we’ve come up with a foolproof guide to save you on the morning after.

What to Fix: Messy Makeup

The beauty tricks: Too lazy or tired to wash your face post-party? Keep some Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($4.49) next to your bed for easy makeup removal. The next morning, when you’re dashing out the door in a sleepy haze, you can grab one and wash and go, leaving your skin clean and refreshed.


What to Fix: Under Eye Puffiness

The beauty tricks: There’s no pot of gold at the end of those upside-down rainbows under your eyes — so let’s get rid of them! Apply an eye gel packed with peptides to get your eyes looking bright again. Try the antioxidant- and vitamin-packed Environ’s C-Quence Eye Gel ($75, environ eye gel

What to Fix: Dehydration Skin Nation

The beauty tricks: If you have a few minutes the morning after, apply a nourishing and moisturizing face mask, like Manuka Doctor Apinourish Rejuvenating Face Mask ($85, Sephora). The Manuka honey and shea butter will help calm irritated skin and bring out its lovely glow.

What to Fix: Pale, Sickly Complexion

The beauty tricks: You thought hangovers were bad in college, but they get even worse as you get older—and it takes less alcohol to trigger them. Prep your skin for the long day ahead with color-correcting Hydroxatone’s Anti-Acne CC Cream ($59.95, Hydroxatone).


What to Fix: Hangover Hair

The beauty tricks: Clean hair is key to avoiding the question, “What were you up to last night?” Get fabulous in five minutes flat with the Paul Mitchell Dry Wash ($20.98, professional salons only), an express dry, waterless shampoo that makes your hair look and smell fresh and clean.


What to Fix: That Dive-Bar Smell

The beauty tricks: You may look fresh and clean, but you won’t fool anyone if you smell like you walked out of the bar and into the office. Try a spritz of Elizabeth Arden UNTOLD Fragrance ($79, Elizabeth Arden) to smell like the sophisticated lady you are.