4 Steps to Looking More Awake

Puffy eyes, dark circles and washed out skin are all consequences of not getting enough sleep at night. Perhaps those last few martinis weren’t such a grand idea. Now you’re up and you’ve remembered that early morning meeting at work. Yikes! You take a glance at the mirror, and don’t even recognize yourself. Your complexion is dulling and you can’t even brush through your hair. Well, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!

Faking an awake look can be done, though! Hide away the exhaustion on your face with these easy tricks. But remember, nothing can help you more than a good night’s sleep.

1. Skin – Apply a cleansing cloth on your face as soon as possible in the morning. It’ll remove any leftover makeup and ensure that your pores won’t be clogged throughout the day. Then exfoliate with a daily moisturizer to replenish your skin. Not getting enough sleep can really do a number on your face, leaving it dehydrated and dull. Moisturizers will lighten it up!

2. Eyes – When tired eyes rule your look, you’re going to want to opt for light makeup rather than overdoing it. First, apply an under-eye cream to de-swell those puffed out peepers. Then the big guns come out. We’re talking concealer! Dab a bit under your eyes and over them if you’ve got purple veins popping through. Rub it in, and smile! Then, apply a white eyeliner pencil from your inner eye and outward. Blend it in a little to brighten up your lids.

3. Face – Don’t Jersey Shore yourself out with too much bronzer, but a little bit of color can really do wonders. A powder will give you a beautiful luminizing color. But if you’d rather skip bronzer, try a pale blush color that complements your skin type on the apples of your cheeks, above your eyebrows and down your nose. It’ll give you a rosy glow, but make sure to stay happy. One of the keys to looking awake is to smile!

4. Hair – Got a bad case of bed head? If you’re not getting enough ZzZs, then we’re not surprised that your hair doesn’t look like Jennifer Aniston’s. Brush out your mane, no matter what. Knots are ten times worse than a little bit of poof. Grab your strands and put then in a slicked back bun or ponytail. Smooth it down with pomade, if you feel like you need it. Then accessorize. Earrings and necklaces make you luck put together even if you don’t feel like it.

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