So, all the presents and turkey fun is over, and now you're stuck in that hangover period between Christmas and New Year's Eve, aka Betwixtmas. But if your Boxing Day plans require more from you than watching reruns of TOWIE on Netflix (just us?), here's our five-minute guide to looking alive and fresh with minimal effort. You obviously just woke up like this...

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You need to bring your complexion back to life after all the festive overindulging, but you want everyone to think you're just blessed with the good-skin genes, right? Scrap the heavy foundation and opt for an ultra-light alternative, like Rimmel London #Instaflawless. The creamy wonder offers super-sheer coverage that works (you guessed it) like an Instagram filter, giving tired skin instant luminosity. Enhance your base by brightening under eyes with e.l.f. B Bare Lightweight Concealer Stick.


Swap out bronzer for a rosy glow. A creamy texture works best for a natural, no-makeup makeup finish. Press Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Blush in Rose Gold Kiss gently onto the apples of your cheeks, blending lightly outwards and upwards. Once your Santa-worthy rouge is good to go, resurrect dulling skin by sparingly dotting Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops along your cheekbones and under your brow arches, blending well. See, now you look more post-workout with a smoothie than quarantined with chocolate.

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If you're going au naturel for the Boxing Day family walk, a traffic-halting red lipstick is clearly a no-go. To ensure you still have the perfect pout without looking as if you've made any effort at all, start by treating your lips to a gentle exfoliation. Pave a flake-free zone with B. Pro Lip Scrub, and add a beautiful barely-there sheen with Carmex Lip Balm Moisture Plus Sheer Tint SPF, which comes in peach, pink and berry, so pick the shade closest to your natural lip colour.

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Save your feline flicks for New Year's Eve and dare to bare with your eye makeup. Well, almost. After spreading a touch of highlighter over your lids, give lashes an eye-opening lift with Superdrug Studio Easy Grip Eyelash Curler 2 Piece. Use a clear mascara (try Miss Sporty Mascara Just Clear 101) to urge lashes apart for an eye-popping finish. Then frame your face by adding subtle definition and shape to your brows with Wunderbrow.

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