How to Fake Looking Awake with Makeup

How to fake being awake with makeup
How to fake being awake with makeup

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.

Mascara |

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.

Do you have any other tips for how to fake being awake with makeup? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • The nude eyeliner trick always works best for me! I also love using a brightening eye cream under my concealer as well :)

    Thirteen Thoughts

    • Ooh using a brightening eye cream is a very good idea! Lately I’ve been forgetting to put eye cream on in the morning, which isn’t good!

  • Concealer is my best friend! It instantly brightens your eyes and makes you look put together.

    • Definitely, concealer works wonders, especially if you haven’t gotten much sleep.

  • Concealer and a inner high light shadow help me look awake. Then I pray that I find some coffee lol.

  • Mascara is my quick go-to step to make me look more awake than I actually am. Lovely post!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  • I thought these were some great tips! I always go for a winged eye and a good curl with a layer or two of mascara to give my eyes that wider appearance. I also use some highlight on my cheek to give me a brighter complexion!

    Cindy //

    • A good curl and mascara is a must for me! I love winged liner, but can’t do it when I’m sleep deprived haha!

  • These are such helpful tips. I’ve not considered concealer on my lids before but mine are quite dark so I’ll have to try it!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

    • Definitely try it out! It makes all the difference for me. I hope you like it :)

  • I always forget to curl my lashes but it definitely does make a difference!

    • It does! Sometimes I’ll curl my lashes even if I don’t put on mascara because it still helps.

  • Great tips! I’ve never curled my lashes (the curler scares, just use good ole mascara.

    • Lol! Lash curlers are definitely daunting at first. Definitely invest in a good one because they don’t pinch your eyes like the cheapy ones can. I have eyelashes that stick out straight even if I use a good curling mascara so I have to use a lash curler unfortunately!

      • Which one would you recommend? Then I may give it a try for the first time ever…lol

        • Definitely the Shu Uemura one I talk about above :). It’s been the best at curling my lashes and not pinching my eyes.

  • Great post, i do find that just applying mascara makes a huge difference.

    lisa | lisaxbeauty

  • Great post :) I have to say I can’t fake that look without a dab of corrector because that really brightens the corrects the darkness!

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

    • I just picked up my first corrector. I’m excited to see if it brightens my under eyes even more when applied under concealer :).