Between work, parties, and Netflix binges, sometimes life gets in the way of a solid night’s sleep—albeit willingly—and your face looks anything but fresh come morning. Especially during the holiday season, when social commitments are at an all-time high, we don’t really make plans to sleep.
The only thing that trumps the struggle to stay awake at your desk, is hearing the cringe-inducing, “You look tired.” Three shots of espresso may take care of your energy levels inside, but puffy, bloodshot eyes, and dull skin are giveaways you were doing anything but sleeping the night before. Luckily, there are a few makeup tricks to help you fake a full night’s rest. Even if you hit snooze a couple times, you’ll have time in the morning for the following nine quick ways to fake appearing more awake.
1. Calm Puffy Eyes
Red, puffy eyes are a sure sign you didn’t get a full 8 hours. Keep Peter Thomas Roth’s de-puffing eye-cubes on standby in your freezer for early mornings after late nights. The liquid-to-frozen eye-cubes’ soothing and refreshing blend of ingredients like cucumbers, green tea, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid, will reduce puffiness and dark circles so your co-workers have no idea you’re going on four hours of sleep.
Peter Thomas Roth | $50
2. Apply Under-Eye Concealer In A Triangular Shape
Hide under-eye circles (and the fun you had the night before) by applying concealer in an inverted triangle shape. This technique is the quickest way to mask dark circles and also gives the illusion of a mini facelift. Use a hydrating concealer like Nars’s radiant creamy concealer for an extra luminous finish.
Nars | $29
3. Moisturize with an Energizing Formula
On days when you get a regular night's sleep, your normal moisturizer will do. But on days when your skin also needs the same energizing effects as a couple shots of espresso, use a moisturizer with active ingredients like ginseng and caffeine so your complexion gets the extra pep it needs to look healthy and revitalized.
Origins | $28
4. Line Lids With A Nude Eyeliner
Rethink your go-to cat-eye and trace your waterline with a skin-toned eyeliner to open up eyes and make them appear more awake. While you may have heard about white liner’s eye-opening abilities, a nude liner offers the same effect but is less obvious.
Tarte | $20
5. Curl Lashes
If you can barely keep your eyes open, grab your eyelash curler. A bigger, defined curl will help your eyes appear larger. Blast your curler with your blowdryer for a few seconds before using it for a long-lasting curl.
Surratt Beauty | $30
6. Opt For A neutral Lip
Wearing the season’s dark, vampy lip will draw attention to dark under-eye circles and dull, dehydrated skin. Instead, choose a color that is a few shades pinker than your actual lips for a shade that will further flatter your natural complexion.
Maybelline | $8
7. Refresh with a Hydrating Mist
Drinking water is crucial to stay hydrated, but in addition to drinking it, spritz on a moisturizing face mist to revive and refresh fatigued, dehydrated skin throughout the day. Caudalie’s spray is also formulated with brightening and clarifying ingredients to restore your complexion’s glow.
Caudalie | $49
8. Mix In an Illuminator
Dabbing an illuminator on your cheekbones creates sufficient shine on an average day, but tired and dull skin calls for a bigger boost. Mix a few drops of an illuminating cream with your foundation for a touch of all-over radiance.
Sephora Collection | $34
9. Add Some Shimmer
Dab a shimmery highlighting shadow in the inner corners of your eyes with your finger to instantly lighten the entire area. For extra brightness, sweep the shadow across the entire lid with a brush.
Bobbi Brown | $24