The hangover is something I've had a personal struggle with in terms of showing up to work. After moving to Central Europe where the question isn't "Are you drinking tonight," but rather, "What are you drinking tonight," I've been forced to get my routine down & proper.
So, you wake up with your head spinning and your stomach upside down. There are plenty of methods for curing that here. My personal favorite is lots of water & whole wheat toast with butter (eggs too, if I have time). As for the way your hair looks and your eyes are drooping, there's a few tricks makeup can help you with... keep reading!
Hair: Take a shower! Believe me, no matter how little time you have, you will regret your entire day if you do not wash your hair with at least shampoo. Plus, a little splash of water will help you wake up. Something I've been doing for ages is taking my toothbrush with me to save time. While y hair conditions, my teeth get a clean sweep too!
Style:Because the loud noise of the hair dryer is more than likely to make your head explode, opt for some no-heat styling options, such as a braids (which you can later take out to have waves) or a simple leave-in conditioner to enhance your curls/control frizz.
Face: Begin with moisturizer. Alcohol dehydrates, meaning your face is probably suffering from a lack of fluids as well. Slap on some your best moisturizer immediately after showering, that way you pores are still open and ready to drink up that face cream.
Next comes concealer. I like to use a cream concealer, that way I can control the thickness with the tips of my fingers. Apply several dots of a concealer two shades lighter than your foundation under your eyes and on the bridge of your nose. When applying foundation, make sure to spread the stuff evenly onto your entire face, including your eyelids. Skip the powder this time.
Brows: Now that your skin is all one even tone, fill in your brows with an angled brush and powder, one to two shades lighter than your hair color. This will give you a more natural, less heavy look.
Eyes: Red, puffy eyes are hard to eliminate even with the best eye drops on the market (I swear by Rohto). The best option for disguising this sure shot sign of your wild night is to keep the eyes simple and bright. Avoid dark shadows at all costs! You don't want to see your reflection halfway through the day and think "it looks like someone punched me in the face."
I like to line my waterline with a white or beige pencil to give the illusion of my eyes being open wider than they really are. Before you slap on the mascara on your top lashes only, take a champagne colored cream or powder, and apply to the center of your eyelid and your browbone. This will make you look more awake and fresh.
Color: Here comes the most important part. In order not to look like you're about to keel over any minute, your face has got to have some color! In this case I recommend going for a pink or warm salmon inspired blush (to reduce any leftover green), applied from the cheekbones down to the apples. Top this off with a lip color only a few shades more intense, and you'll be ready to rush out the door.
But wait! What are you going to wear?
Considering that your stomach and head are probably aching beyond descriptive measure, and if you're like me you are probably sweating too, nothing sounds better than apair of sweats and your dad's old college t-shirt. But since we're trying to disguise the hangover here, my best fashion solution is the shift dress! Shift dresses are loose where it counts (might I mention that bloated tummy from the greasy breakfast you should be having) and appropriate for almost any workplace, belted or not. As for fabric, I recommend jersey, cotton, or silk, since they are light and breathable.
If you've simply got to wear pants, throw on those good ol' boyfriend jeans and a white tee, but do not forget to add some bling.
And now, finally you're ready to slip into your favorite flats and head out the door. Don't forget your hangover kit (if you don't have one, you should make one!) and a bottle of water. Let me know how it goes.