The best makeup products to make you look awake, even when you’re dead tired
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If only there was a time machine that could put you to bed at 10 p.m. last night, giving you all the beauty rest you need. Instead, you’re here the next morning, checking out a mirror that might as well be lit by a neon sign that reads “Look who’s tired.”
But all hope is not lost, especially if you follow these tips from makeup experts who have been there, done it, and still managed to look their best.
If you think your face can’t be fixed with simple cosmetics, experts say there’s hope for even the most tired face.
“Dull appearance is the result of lack of sleep, lack of hydration, or just life in general,” says Jamie Greenbergmakeup artist and founder of Jamie Makeup. “The right makeup, applied correctly, can help push your face towards its healthiest look.”
Makeup artist Marco Campos agrees. “If used correctly, makeup can really make you feel like you’ve had a full week of the best sleep. With the right concealer, you can essentially erase fatigue around the eyes. A little brush on the eyebrows, a curl on the eyelashes and a dash of mascara will open and lift your eye upwards.
A complete plan to look well rested
Remember that even if all you want to do is lie in the dark, brightness is your mantra for the day.
“The key is to accentuate features without looking heavy, keeping skin and makeup feeling fresh,” says the makeup artist. Fiona Stiles. “Products with a soft glow give light to the face without it looking shiny and overly accentuated, so the glow feels like it’s coming from you.”
Take a look at your palette and act on it.
“I avoid using dark eyeliners and shadows on my eyes, and lean into cool colors and extra shine to offset dull skin and puffy eyes,” Stiles explains.
“Warmer colors like peaches and golds give the illusion of health,” says the makeup artist Grégory Arlet. He also suggested thinking “up” in everything you do: “Applying mascara only to the upper lashes will lift the eyes, making them look more perky. Then apply the blush on the cheekbones or just above. Adding it lower can drag the face.
If you are short on time, here is a brief overview of the most important areas:
Under the eyes : Makeup artist Jaleesa Jaikaran suggests starting with a peach-to-orange concealer to neutralize the darkness.
“A little goes a long way, so use a little at a time, gently patting into skin with a fluffy brush or fingertips,” says Jaikaran. “Let color corrector sit for a second, then apply full-coverage concealer to lift and brighten.”
“Don’t apply too much concealer”, advises the makeup artist Marco Campos. “Apply a small amount to the inner and outer corner of the eye and blend. Add a little more if needed, then gently set with a fine setting powder.
Makeup artist Jamie Dorman remembered using eye makeup to look more awake at school.
“I used white liner on the inner edge of my eye and concealer lighter than my skin all around my eye, so I would look more focused,” says Dorman.
Eyelashes: “I always curl my lashes because it’s the best way to make you look more alert and energetic,” says the makeup artist Sandy Ganzer. “It opens up your eye, giving your face an instant refresh.”
Color matters here too. “A dark mascara like Diorshow Black Out immediately makes dark circles less noticeable and helps you look refreshed,” says the makeup artist Melissa Murdick.
Play: “Never underestimate the power of blush in the right color,” says Dorman. “It can seriously brighten a face and make your eyes pop.”
Lipstick: “Put a drop of glossy lipstick on the bridge of the nose to give the face a brighter, healthier look,” suggests Arlt.
Even if you don’t have tons of fancy cosmetics, there are ways to energize your look on the cheap.
Ice cream, baby“If you don’t have a jade roller or mask to remove puffiness, just rub an ice cube under your eyes with clean hands,” says Greenburg.
Curl with cutlery: “In a pinch, you can heat the curl of a spoon with a hair dryer and press it very carefully against your lashes to get a curl,” says Ganzer.
spoon me“If you don’t have access to your favorite products, put metal spoons in the freezer for five to 10 minutes, then use them under your eyes to smooth out puffiness,” says Jaikaran.
Cafe (indoor and outdoor): “A DIY helper for dark circles is to add a splash of water to crushed coffee beans, apply it as a paste, leave for seven minutes, then wash off with cold water,” says Jaikaran. .
take it easy
Finally, remember that no matter how tired you are, less can be more when it comes to covering up fatigue. “The techniques don’t have to be drastic,” says Campos. “Small tweaks can really make you look more alert and ready to take on the day.”
And keep these words from Murdick in mind: “If you look tired, you’re fine. Don’t stand out or focus too much on it. We all have good days and rest days, but you’re still beautiful, I promise.
Below are some of the experts’ favorite makeup picks for your most tired days.
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