Makeup tricks to look awake when you’re actually exhausted

Beauty Tricks To Hide The Fact That You’re Tired - Bella Hadid

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.

1

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.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer

2

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.

L’Oréal Paris Collection Color Riche in Doutzen’s Delicate Rose

3

Add warmth for a healthy glow

Bronzer warms up a washed-out skin tone, blush perks up the face, and “highlighter on high points of the face adds dimension,” says Henney. Try NARS Liquid Laguna Bronzer; Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Blushing Crème; Revlon Photo-Ready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick.

NARS Liquid Laguna Bronzer; Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Blushing Crème; Revlon Photo-Ready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick

4

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.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ’N’ Kohl Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Eye Cheat; Dior Eye Reviver Backstage Pros Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette

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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