#1 PURIFY AND EXFOLIATE
After a month of continuous usage of your special occasion foundation, contour creams and highlighters, it’s time for a detox. Purify your skin by using a clay mask that will help to absorb excess oil and pore-clogging impurities.
Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask with Rose Clay, $50, available at all Origins stores and counters; and Laneige’s Mini Pore Waterclay Mask, $38, available at all Laneige stores and counters
Be careful not to over-aggravate your skin and look for formulas, such Origins’ Original Skin Retexturising Mask with Rose Clay and Laneige’s Mini Pore Waterclay Mask, that are billed as being gentle on the skin.
#2 MASK AND HYDRATE
Hydrated skin looks plumper as it reflects light better, so treat it to a nourishing mask to reverse the ageing effects caused by the recent late nights of excessive eating and drinking.
Faith in Face’s Nourish Me, $14.50 for a box of 3, available exclusively at Watsons; Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask, $135, available on luxola.com
Pop sheet masks like Faith in Face’s Nourish Me into the refrigerator for a quick depuffing effect, or slather on a leave-on product like Erno Laszlo’s Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask before bed to help your skin recover while you sleep.
#3 FAKE IT WITH MAKEUP
When it comes to tired and dull skin, strategic placement of concealer will help a lot more than covering your entire face with a full coverage foundation, as too much product may actually emphasise the look of dull and tired skin. Less is more!
Make Up Store Cover All Mix, $61, available at Robinsons Orchard and on luxola.com
Try layering colour correcting products under your regular concealer – use peach correctors for dark eye circles and yellow correctors to combat redness, then apply a light layer of concealer if need be. You can also apply a lighter shade of concealer on the sides of the nose and at the laugh lines to create the appearance of plump skin.