Who hasn’t had those mornings where they wake up, drink some coffee, look in the mirror, and think, “Damn, I look exhausted.” Not getting enough sleep does more than just make you feel really run-down – it makes you look really run-down too. And while a woman should be expected to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed no matter how busy she is (that’s unrealistic), we sometimes have a day where we really don’t want to look as tired as we are. On those days, makeup is here to help.
Exhaustion does a few things to you that can be corrected with the right beauty products. The most obvious signs of someone who definitely went to bed too late the night before are dark circles and/or puffy bags under their eyes. Aside from that, feeling sleepy can also take away your *natural glow*, making your skin look washed out, dull, and dry. Luckily, there are plenty of makeup tips to follow if you’re trying to avoid this very chic insomniac look for the day. Read on for 15 makeup tricks that will help you look less tired:-
1. Cold water works great
Once you wake up, washing your face with hot water may feel good, but it can dehydrate your skin. Face usually looks little puffy in the morning as the pores expand during we sleep. Cold water works great on your face as it closes the pores and soothes your eyes. A splash of cold water works as great as anti-aging cream and makes you look awake. It’s one of the useful and easy tips to look less tired.
2. Moisturize your skin
Pick up the moisturizer that suits your skin type. There is a moisturizer for every skin type- be it dry, sensitive, oily or normal. Just that you need to find the right one! Using the right makeup product is more important. You can also go with the daily moisturizer containing SPF formula to avoid fine lines and wrinkles over the long run. Skin that lacks moisturizer looks dull. Moisturize your skin to keep your complexion hydrated and look gorgeous with natural and healthy glow.
3. Put on lighter shade under eye concealer
When you have not had enough sleep, dark circle and tiered eyes make you look more exhausted. To fake an extra hour of sleep, conceal the dark circles under eyes. Go with lighter shades that can really give a fresh and vibrant look. Shades lighter than your skin color can cover up the dark circle and make you look awesomely awake.
4. Highlighter can add some glow
Makeup products like highlighter are the life savers for those days when you really look sleepy and tiered. Its magical effect can add glow to your skin and give you more awake look. Blend the concealer properly to get the natural look.
5. Curl it out to get the wider eye look
Curl up your eye lashes to give your eyes wider and awake look. Use lash curlers to maximize the lift. Then put on a volumizing and darker mascara. When your lashes are upturned, eyes look opened wider and awake. If you do not have long eye lashes, you can go with artificial lashes too!
6. Use nude eyeliner to make an illusion
Instead of using black liner on your lower lashes, go with nude colors like white and beige. More than white, beige can give more natural look. Nude eyeliners sparkle up your eyes instantly and make them look bigger and wide awake.
7. Add some colors to your cheeks
A light and shimmery shades of blush on your cheekbones brightens your entire face. Go with rosy pink or light shimmery gold. Avoid shades that are too bold which can make you look even more tiered. A hint of light blush colors on your cheek can make you look vibrant and beautifully awake.
8. Play with lipstick shades
Drawing the focus on to your lips with the brighter shades of lip colours is one more useful makeup tips that one can try. Go with bold and bright colours. It draws attention from other parts of the face. Bright colour makes your smile stand out and distract people to notice overall look.
9. Highlight your brows
Highlighting brows adds natural radiance and gives perfect finish. First set it with a gel and then start with lighter brow colors and deeper brow colors to finish. Highlighted brow finish can accentuate your eye makeup.
10. Wear a smile!
‘’You are not fully dressed until you wear a smile’’- the saying is very true. A true tips to look beautifully awake and less tiered is to wear a smile. A beautiful smile can naturally lift up your look and de-puff your eyes.
De-puff your eyes, conceal the dark circles, lash out, highlight and add some colours to cheeks and lips to give the perfect finish to your look. Get moving, stay well hydrated, care for your skin and stay happy to look beautifully awake.
11. Smooth on tinted moisturizer
“I like a natural look for summer,” says Campbell, who recommends grabbing a tinted moisturizer with a built-in SPF 30. (Note: If your regular moisturizer already has an SPF 30, it’s not necessary for the tinted moisturizer to have it as well. The key is that one of these provides sun protection.) “These blend in nicely and even your skin tone, leaving skin looking sun kissed,” he says. “In summer, a little illumination is a nice touch,” he says.
12. Target under eye circles
One of the key areas to focus on when you’re tired is your under eye bags. To prep the skin, use an eye cream to battle puffiness. Next you will want to hide the appearance of dark circles. Take a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone and apply this in a triangular shape under your eyes. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle is a great drugstore brand product.
13. Set your concealer
To prevent creasing and to keep your concealer in place all day, set this area with a loose setting powder. To set, apply a generous amount of powder with a brush or damp beauty blender and let it “bake” in for a few minutes. Once the powder has started to sink into the skin, take a brush and dust the remaining powder off.
14. Add color to eyes
Campbell is a fan of shimmery shadows to brighten up eyes – and he promises you won’t look like a disco ball. Swipe a goldy-pink or champagne colour on lids, he says. Focusing this brightening shade on the inner corner makes the eye appear wider and more awake. Finish the eyes by lining the water line with a nude liner, curling your lashes, and applying a volumizing mascara. Lastly, fill in your brows with whatever product works best for you.
15. Dip into bronzer
Dust on a bronzer that has – you guessed it – a subtle shimmer to it. Apply to areas that the sun naturally touches your face: apples of cheeks, tip of nose, and along your hairline. Use a light hand. “Bronzer should kiss your face – not look like a mask, which will backfire and make you appear dull and tired,” says Campbell.