You're having the best time ever. The music is pumping and you are dancing like you've never danced before. It's nearing 4am, and you haven't even realized how long you've stayed out. Now you remember, it's your sister's wedding the tomorrow. You have to look presentable. But you're going to crash, and crash fast. With a small miracle, you'll make it to the wedding on time, but you won't have time to shower, do your hair, or put on makeup. What do you do?
1. Get your sleep.
First of all, don't panic. You can't think straight and come up with a plan when you're overwhelmed. Sleep is essential so you don't have obnoxious bags under your eyes. These, even with makeup, can be visible to the most scrutinizing of aunts. If you're crashing at your friend's house, also make sure to at least have a suitable pillow so your neck doesn't kill you in the morning.
2. Take it all off.
We mean, makeup. It's always wise to carry makeup remover wipes in your bag. When you don't have access to your full moisturizing and cleansing kit, these work fine. Remember, if you leave makeup on while you sleep, it will clog your pores and put you at risk for blackheads and breakouts. Nobody wants to see that in the wedding pictures!
3. Get into something comfy.
If you didn't plan on staying over, don't sleep while constricted in your tight going-out wear. Borrow some pj's from your friend. Sleeping in tight clothes is not very good for your organs.
4. Set an alarm. Or three.
Be reasonable. If you can give yourself at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep, you'll be golden. It's better to spend more time sleeping and less time getting ready. If you're well rested, you'll have a better time at the party, and you won't keep needing espresso shots to keep you awake.
5. Wash your face.
In the morning, wash your face with whatever's on hand. Even with just cold water. It will help you feel revitalized and ready to take on the day.
6. Outfit check.
Avoid taking the walk of shame. If you haven't brought a change of clothes, start thinking about bringing one in the future when you go out. But for now, do your best to borrow. Even throwing a nice sweater over your club attire is an improvement. Remember to keep it classy.
7. Smell check.
Bring on the deo. Or perfume. But don't overdo it. Just a little bit on the wrists and nape of the neck should do the trick. Spraying yourself to death will make people really suspicious...
8. Hair check.
If you don't have one of these travel hairbrushes, use the good old finger-comb technique. When in doubt, throw your hair up into a messy bun and call it a day.
9. Ready to go?
Give yourself a once-over and maybe add an accessory or two, but keep it modest.
10. Bring a gift.
Whatever you end up looking like, if you have a great gift, all will be forgiven.
Never scramble to put yourself together again. Long live late night escapades. But remember to get your beauty sleep.