Wrecked? Well, luckily for you… hungover make up is now a thing

How many times have you gone to work or college – sans make up – after a night on the tiles, only for people to come up and ask "are you okay, you look sick?"

It infuriates us all to say the least! However, it seems that some folk now WANT to look like they've had one too many.

Known as byojaku (sickly) make up and hugely popular in Japan, this particular trend aims to emulate the appearance of being ill.

And there we were for years covering up red, puffy and swollen eyes after a hard night out – when all this time it should have been something we embraced. 

This rather unique trend has lately become so popular in Japan that models sporting the sickly look are even being featured on the cover of major glossy magazines.

What's more, tutorials on YouTube on how to perfect your byojaku make up skills have received more than 100,000 views.

The trend concentrates on heavy under-eye bags and redness, along with furrowed brows and pale skin. And the desired result is to appear fragile and doll-like – like you need looking after. 

Here's how to achieve the trend (without downing half a bottle of vodka)…

  • Create pale skin by using a green-based concealer and foundation a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone.
  • Fill in your brows with a light brown pencil or eyebrow powder. Draw them straight to achieve the furrowed brow look.
  • Get pink or red lipstick or lip stain and lightly tap on to lips, cheeks and under your eyes.


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