Makeup Tricks to Look More Awake

Tired Girl

After months on end of a demanding job, family responsibilities, travel and just life, one day you realize that you look tired All. The. Time.

The best way to change this is, of course, to establish a healthy sleep schedule. But there are a few things you can do to fake it ’til you can catch up on those zzz’s. Your eyes are a dead giveaway, so focus your energy on making them brighter, and the rest will fall into place.

Conceal like a pro
Most concealers are designed to cover redness and breakouts, so they tend to be too yellow to correct under-eye darkness. Instead, tap a concealer with peach undertones onto the area for coverage that blends seamlessly into your skin.

Reach for peach
Sweep a peach shadow from lid to brow bone to counteract blue undertones and redness. Then use a peachy pencil in the waterline to lighten the whites of eyes. Avoid gray and plum shadow colors, which emphasize under-eye darkness.

Line naturally
If you want more definition, fill in your lashline with dark brown eyeliner. It won’t really look like you’re wearing makeup, but your eyes will appear more open and awake.

Define your lashes
Curl lashes before applying mascara to open up the eye area. That cobalt blue mascara you’ve wanted to try? It can help make your eyes look whiter and brighter.

Illuminate your skin
Sweeping a glowing powder directly on skin or over foundation will enliven and awaken your eyes too. Try blending a velvety powder to highlight the brow bone, inner corners of eyes and tops of cheekbones.

Also, make sure to remove all eye makeup before crawling into bed at night. Sure, leaving traces of mascara and liner can make eyes look gunky and gross in the morning. But what you may not realize is that makeup residue can settle into the fine lines and folds of eyes overnight, drumming up redness and inflammation. Skin cells are able to more effectively replenish and recharge during the restorative sleep cycle when you’re sans makeup.

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