Some nights you just can’t get any. Sleep, that is. Insomnia, jet lag, late nights out, and staying up with a sick child are just a few snooze-time thieves. Inevitably you wake up the next morning looking just as blah as you feel. The telltale signs stare back at you in the mirror: lackluster skin, dark circles, and droopy eyes. Since hiding under the covers usually isn’t an option, follow these surefire makeup tips to look awake and to perk up your looks when you’re pooped.
For Lackluster Skin
The best way to wake up skin is to hydrate, both inside and out. Start your day with a big glass of water; then focus on your skin care routine.
When you’re tired, a loss of lipids can allow water to evaporate from your skin, leaving it feeling dry and tight and looking dull. The solution: Lube up with a richer, denser face moisturizer than you normally use (“petrolatum” on the ingredient list is a good sign), or just switch from lotion to cream. Wait a few minutes to let the moisturizer sink in, and reapply if your skin still feels dry.
If you usually wear a foundation, skip it. Tired skin tends to be rough and uneven, and foundation looks best on a smooth surface. Instead, go for a lightweight tinted moisturizer; it’ll glide on and help tone down skin’s natural redness. Tip: make your own tinted moisturizer by mixing a few drops of your foundation with your moisturizer.
Pep up washed-out skin with two shades of blush: your neutral, everyday blush plus a brighter shade. Apply the neutral shade the way you always do, starting on the apple of each cheek and blending up into your hairline. Then very lightly dust the brighter shade just on the apples of your cheeks. This added splash of color will help give you that well-rested glow.
For Dark Circles
The antidote to really dark undereye circles is a combination of two concealers. Start with a pale pink concealer to correct the purple-green color of your circles. Then layer on your usual (yellow-toned) concealer. Make sure you apply concealer under each eye, up to its lash line and toward its inner corner. Use your fingers to gently pat and blend the concealer; then lock it in place with loose powder (in a yellow tone), applied with a velour puff.
For Droopy, Puffy Eyes
Minimal makeup is best on tired eyes. Skip shimmer and cream shadows; they draw attention to the eyes and can magnify droopiness and puffiness. Instead, opt for soft, matte powder shadow. Use light lid shades that blend easily with your skin tone. Avoid dark shades, which make your eyes recede, and rosy or red-toned shades, which make you look even more tired. After applying lid shadow, pat a white eye shadow lightly on the outer end of your brow bone for highlighting. Curl your lashes to open up your eyes even more, and finish with a coat of mascara on your upper lashes only. This will draw attention up and away from the tired undereye area.