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The scene: It’s 8 a.m., and your alarm didn’t go off. That’s because you forgot to set it the night before — doh! — because you went out and got a little drunk (or a lot drunk, no judgment) with your coworkers — double doh! Now what?
After the huge glass of water but before the BEC, it’s advisable that you clean yourself up a bit. Maybe this means some extra concealer, or maybe it means rubbing a jade roller all over your face (like the very-clearly-not-hungover woman is doing above) to literally squeegee the tequila out of your skin.
Whatever your hangover level, we got you. Here, a few of our editors recommend the best beauty products for the morning after.
If You Had One Vodka Soda
Part of me thinks all beauty products are trash besides eyelash curlers, because literally the only thing that can make me look like a human woman after a night of drinking is hoisting my (sad, thin, short, blonde) eyelashes up with a tool that looks like a medieval torture device. I like this $5 drugstore one from Revlon, but honestly, they all work. —Rebecca Jennings, associate producer
If You Had Two (Generous) Glasses of Red Wine
If you absolutely must leave the house for anything other than the nearest bodega for a bagel and Gatorade, go with a red lip because it'll distract everyone from how dead you look in the eyes. (There is no cure for this, sorry.) I've beaten you all over the head with Bite Beauty's cashmere lip cream before, and I'm here to do it again because this product is my ride-or-die — as in, it's there for you when you try to ride through a night of drinking like you're in college again and feel like dying the next day. —Laura Gurfein, deputy managing editor
If You Had Three Mixed Drinks
Hangovers make you and your skin thirsty in the bad way. Gotta hydrate on so many fronts, my friends! My number one skin hydration product remains these $1 K-beauty pouches full of hyaluronic acid. I recommend slathering your face with this stuff before you fall asleep, if you can remember. (Also: take Advil or Aleve because inflammation is probably what's causing your hangover.) —Julia Rubin, executive editor
If You Had Four Manhattans
To be honest, my beauty routine goes out the window if I'm hungover — I'm usually more focused on getting where I need to be on time or rolling around in bed and ordering delivery. But I will probably moisturize (right now I'm using Glossier's Priming Moisturizer) and wipe off the smudged mascara from the night before with some micellar water (like this one from Garnier), because I definitely did not take it off before going to sleep. —Cory Baldwin, shopping editor
If You Had a Bunch of Margaritas
Now that I’m 30, I can’t drink like I used to. Or rather, I can’t drink like I used to and be a fully functioning human the next day at work. The biggest change I’ve noticed over the past few years is how puffy my face gets from any alcohol that isn’t a weak beer. Because I don’t yet own a jade roller, I keep a frozen jar (currently, it’s pesto) in my freezer and rub it across my face the morning after a night out.
And then I layer the Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque from Kiehl’s all over my face. The texture is a bit gooey, and it feels even better if you pop it in the fridge for a few minutes before you use it. —Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director
If You Did... a Lot of Shots
Hansderma Skin Cooler Ice Roller: I bought this a few years ago after seeing a rave review for it by makeup artist Robin Black. I bought it prior to getting Fraxel treatments, which feel like you're being burned by a thousand suns. However, this metal roller (which you keep in your freezer) is also the most amazing migraine and hangover tool, and also can deflate puffy eyes. Lay on your couch, moan, and roll. —Cheryl Wischhover, senior beauty reporter
How do you recover (at least appearance-wise) after a big night out? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!