We all have days when we wake up tired, wan and with horrible dark circles because we didn’t get much sleep the night before. Maybe you were out partying till late at night, or you stayed up till the wee hours of the morning to study for an important exam, or like me, you are one of those ladies that just have trouble sleeping and keep tossing and turning in bed for hours before finally falling asleep.
And of course, morning comes all too soon. On those days, I’m really thankful for makeup. A swipe of gloss here, a bit of concealing there can really help fake a good night’s sleep and make you look awake and rested. Here’s what I do:
1. Concealer is your best friend
Hide those horrible dark circles by applying concealer over them. If they are particularly bad, apply a layer of salmon, pink-toned concealer to neutralize their color. Then, apply a shade of concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your skintone on top. This will banish dark circles, brighten up the eye area and make you look like you’ve had plenty of sleep the night before.
2. Curl those lashes
Despite this being an old and well-known effective way to look awake, not everyone seems to bother with it. But using an eyelash curler to curl your lashes will make them look more open and awake. Simply place the curler as close as possible to the base of your lashes and gently squeeze. Then, move the curler a bit further up towards the tip and squeeze again. This will make the curl look more natural.
3. Add a touch of shimmering white eyeshadow
Iridescent eyeshadows can make tired eyes look even more tired and so should be avoided when you didn’t have a good night’s sleep. But just a touch of shimmering white eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes will have the opposite effect, making them look brighter and more awake.
4. White eyeliner helps too
Another trick to open up the eyes and make them look brighter is to apply white eyeliner on your waterline. In alternative, you can use cream or very light green shades on the waterline. Anything that is very light or off-white will do the trick.
5. Emphasize your lips
When your eyes are tired, divert attention from them and draw it to your beautiful pout instead. Simply apply a shimmery, bright, pigmented lipgloss on your lips or opt for a colorful and intense lipstick and add a touch of gloss in the centre of your pout. This way the focus will be on your lips and nobody will notice your eyes.
6. Scrub dull skin away
Did a bad night’s sleep leave your face looking wan and dull? If you have time in the morning, use a gentle scrub (if you have sensitive skin, a washcloth will work just as well) to remove all those dead skin cells on the surface and reveal the brighter skin underneath. Remember to moisturize well afterwards!
7. Make your cheeks naturally pop
To look beautiful and rested, apply a sheer red or pink blush on your cheeks. These shades are best for when you’re tired because they look very natural and make you look like you’re glowing from within. Be careful not to apply too much. Going out with clown cheeks may take the attention away from your eyes, but not in a good way!
8. Try some DIY remedies
If you have some time you can always try some good old DIY remedies. To treat dark circles, you can apply cucumber or potato slices over them for 10 minutes. Once you remove them, their appearance should be visibly reduced. Tea bags are another great remedy for dark circles and have anti-puffing properties too. Another way to depuff your eyes is to place an eye mask or a spoon that have been in the fridge for a while on the eye area.
What do you do to look awake when you didn’t have a good night’s sleep?