We all have those mornings where we need a little extra help in the makeup department because we stayed up way too late binge watching a show on Netflix (me) or we stayed out too late partying with friends (freshman year of college me) or had to stay up all night working on a paper/something for work because you procrastinated way too much (also me). But, regardless of whether or not you slept enough, you need to look presentable the next morning, which can be a daunting task.
How to Fake Looking Awake
…. even though you just stayed up way past your bedtime binging on Netflix
Curl your lashes |
Curling your lashes opens up your eyes so they appear larger, which in turn will make you look more well rested. My favorite eyelash curlers are the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers because they really curl them and don’t just bend them upwards like some cheaper eyelash curlers I’ve tried.
After curling your lashes, apply a coat of mascara– YSL Babydoll is my fave. The mascara will make your eyes look even bigger, which will make you appear well rested. Keep in mind, applying mascara on the lower lashes can work for some women, but for some it will make your eyes look smaller so be wary. If you have short bottom lashes, applying mascara to them will actually accentuate them and make your eyes look smaller. Also, if mascara tends to smudge on your lower lash line, that darkness will make you appear more tired.
Concealer under the eyes |
Using a concealer a few shades lighter than your skintone and applying it in an upside down triangle under your eyes will hide dark circles and make that area appear more brighter so you look refreshed and well rested. I like to use the NARS Creamy Concealer (my shade is Custard) and mix it with the MAC Prep + Prime highlighter before blending it out with a BeautyBlender.
Concealer on the eyelids |
Be sure to also blend that concealer on to your eyelids to hide any veins and darkness, which will brighten your appearance as well and mask your tiredness.
Skin-toned eyeshadow |
To set the concealer you just applied on your eyelids, set it with an eyeshadow that is similar to your skin tone to really even out your complexion so you appear well rested.
Inner corner highlight |
The inner corner of the eyes tends to be darker and that can be emphasized if you’re tired. MAC Nylon is a beautiful pale gold eyeshadow with icy shimmer and blending some of this into the inner corner of the eyes really brightens up the look. Any kind of lighter, bright eyeshadow, or even concealer, will instantly make you look more awake if it’s applied there.
Nude eyeliner |
When I’m tired, my waterline tends to be red and that also makes you look tired. Applying a nude pencil eyeliner, such as this one from Tarte, to the waterline makes your eyes appear bigger and hides any redness that makes you appear exhausted.
Radiant Blush |
Nothing says well rested like some flush to the cheeks. Preferably, apply a blush that has some shimmer in it so it gives you that added radiance; this will make your skin look glowy so you don’t look sleep deprived, and then you won’t have to do an extra step of applying a highlighter unless you can’t live without some extra glow.
These are some easy tips for how to fake being awake with makeup. Some days you just need that extra boost and I hope these simple tips come in handy.
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