Makeup tricks to look awake when you’re actually exhausted
Fake your way to looking fresh
It may only be the first half of the year, but damn it’s been so busy already. No wonder you’re feeling exhausted…and looking tired. If a hectic schedule, late nights or general life have you looking less than your best – and you don’t have time to slow down – then you’ll need these clever little tricks up your sleeve to hide those telltale signs of exhaustion.
Cover up under-eye circles
The first place to give away your lack of sleep? The eyes. To camouflage circles, try this: After applying a dewy foundation, “use a peach colour corrector to cancel out any darkness, and then follow with concealer”, advises Tobi Henney, L’Oréal Paris Makeup Director in Australia. Choose a blendable, full coverage cream one to two shades lighter than your foundation, tap with your ring finger and finish with a light dusting of finely milled powder to set and reduce creasing. Try It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer.
Make smart colour choices
Steer clear of dark lipstick and reach for a bright shade to revive the face (a dab of gold shadow on the Cupid’s bow takes it to next-level pretty). Try L’Oréal Paris Collection Color Riche in Doutzen’s Delicate Rose.
Brighten up your eyes
For eyes that appear more awake, run a nude pencil on the waterline (it’s more natural than white). Try Charlotte Tilbury Rock ’N’ Kohl Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Eye Cheat.
Do: tap a lustrous gold or soft pink on the lid for a brightening effect. We like Dior Eye Reviver Backstage Pros Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette.
Don’t: use anything too dark.
As for reviving your tired skin – follow these four essential steps to perk up your base pre-makeup.
Head to marieclaire.com.au for more makeup tips from the marie claire beauty team.
What are your makeup tricks for reviving a tired-looking complexion?
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A beauty editor and vitamin C fanatic who has worked across a range of print and digital publications, including Stellar, marie claire, Gritty Pretty and Badlands Journal.