It happens with all of us at least once a week if not more. Our social and professional commitments eat into the time that should have otherwise been spent sleeping.
You stayed up way too late in the office working on a compelling presentation, or were out partying well past midnight with your gal pals or maybe you were binge-watching for favourite rom-coms — basically, anything other than napping — only to wake up with a face that looks tired and eyes that look puffy.
When it comes to your beauty regimen, the key is to get at least 7-9 hours of quality snooze time. Your body rejuvenates and revitalises itself while you snooze, and that has a positive effect on your looks. If you’re getting fewer than 6 hours, it’s likely affecting your appearance.
Three shots of espresso may take care of your energy levels but what about those bloodshot eyes? And not to mentioned hearing those cringe-worthy words from you colleagues — “You look tired…”
Ahead, we have compiled the easiest ways to look as fresh as a rose, even if you are running late and have got only got ten minutes to get ready:
Splash some cold water on your face:
The cool temperature causes the blood vessels to constrict, reducing redness and puffiness, particularly around the eyes.
Take two spoons from the cutlery drawer, and place them in the freezer for about 15 minutes (while you make yourself a cup of coffee). Once they have cooled, gently press the curved side of the spoons, into your eye sockets. Hold the spoons in place for a couple of seconds to instantly shrink those under-eye bags.
Camouflage those dark circles with a concealer and a highlighter:
While all of us accept that a concealer is your best friend before heading out the door, it needs a little help sometimes. Applying a shimmery highlighter below the eyes on top of the concealer can help in truly banishing those unduly dark circles.
Use a White Eye Shadow to look more alert:
Dabbing a little white coloured eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes makes you look immediately more wide-eyed and astute. If you’re someone who finds it hard to fall asleep at night, you’ll need a lot more than just a dab. You can apply the same white eyeshadow on the eyelid as well as slightly above the crease as well.
Arch Your Brows to lift the eyes:
To take attention away from the puffy eye bags, use a brow pencil to arch your eyebrows. For a natural-looking finish, brush them out and up with a spoolie brush.
Curl up Your Lashes to make your eyes appear bigger:
Curling your eyelashes before applying mascara, makes them look fuller, longer, and—most importantly—makes your eyes appear wider and awake.
Give your face a One-Minute Massage:
Apply a generous amount of face oil or serum to your forehead, chin and cheeks. Using only your fingertips, massage from the centre of your forehead out to your temples, from the centre of your chin along your jawline and across your cheeks from your nose to your ears. Using your ring fingers, massage lightly from the inner corners of the eyes toward the outer corners. For best results, repeat this process 2 to 3 times.
Mix up Your illuminator and foundation:
Mixing a golden and peachy illuminating cream with your foundation can add a touch of radiance to your look.
Look for a rosy blush with a hint of gold. A pop of colour on your cheekbones brightens your entire face and distracts from dark circles underneath your eyes.
Line your eyes with 3 different coloured eyeliners:
Use a black liner on your top eyelid, a lighter brown shade for your lower lid, and nude (or white) liner for your waterline. It’ll make your eyes look wide-awake.
These ten tips will certainly ensure that you don’t look tired and exhausted, but so keep in mind that nothing can replace a sound sleep.
Since staying at home and hiding under the covers isn’t an option, follow these sure-shot makeup tips and hacks to look awake and perk up your looks when you’re exhausted.