Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

From Dusk till Desk: How to Go All Night and All Day

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

From Dusk till Desk: How to Go All Night and All Day

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Byline: Susannah Butter

NO ONE wants to have to leave the party early, but let's face it -- a latenight doing shots in New Cross has a way of transforming the next working day into a series of arduous challenges.

But before you even entertain plans to call in sick there is a way to get through from dusk to desk -- even if you don't remember where you've spent the night and now totally understand what Kingsley Amis meant when he described a hangover as a "vast, vague, awful, shimmering metaphysical superstructure".

DISGUISE IT Clothes and make-up are crucial. Hungover skin can be dehydrated so plenty of moisturiser is recommended -- men, this applies to you too. Skyn Iceland does a hangover kit with a cooling lotion and face mist with multivitamin complex ([pounds sterling]17,

Tired-looking eyes are a giveaway.

Try Caudalie's Premier Cru eye cream ([pounds sterling]49. but exercise caution. Bobbi Brown says: "When it comes to puffiness the most common mistake is to overdo the make-up. But the truth is that less is more: hide the damage with a creamy concealer." Laura Mercier's Under Eye Perfector ([pounds sterling]18.50, is ideal.

DRESS IT UP Now you're ready to get dressed. First of all, put down that baggy jumper. Tailoring is your best friend.

Think crisp, and white -- it makes the skin look better. An experienced colleague is a firm believer in the hangover heel: "It's the ultimate bluff," she says -- making an effort forces her to be upbeat. Take all compliments as a satisfying sign of having got away with it.

If you've found yourself in a strange house, without the luxury of your own wardrobe, all is not lost. Plan ahead by keeping a smart jacket at work at all times to turn last night's party dress into a work-appropriate ensemble (stick clean pants, deodorant and a toothbrush in the desk drawer too, obvs). …

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