It’s already 11 o’clock, and you still have that English paper to edit, plus a huge government test that you conveniently forgot to study for until now. By the time you’ve closed your laptop, it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, and you have to wake up in approximately four hours (oh, joy). We all have those nights, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like it in the morning. With a little makeup, you can avoid the dreaded barrage of, “You look tired,” “Did you sleep last night?” and, “Yikes…you look like you could use a cup of coffee.”
Here are my four favorite beauty tricks for faking a good night’s sleep:
1. Say Goodbye to Raccoon Eyes
One of the most telltale signs of a sleepless night is puffy eyes, but thank goodness for concealer! When applying under-eye concealer, first you must locate the problem. If you look into the mirror, and tilt your chin down, the circles will pop out (and you’ll look slightly possessed). Then use your pinky finger or a small synthetic brush to dab on your concealer. Choose a slightly peachy toned cover-up to help counteract the blue-green of the circles. My favorite is MAC Select Moisturecover; it’s lightweight and blendable, but also very pigmented.
2. There’s a Visine for that…
Before applying any eye makeup, put a couple of anti-redness drops into each eye. Then line your inner rims with a white or light pink pencil. This will instantly open up and brighten the eyes. Napolean Perdis ‘Eye Bright’ Inner Rim Liner is specially formulated to glide onto the waterline without causing extra irritation.
3. Curl and Coat
Black eyeliner and dark eyeshadows will only make you look more exhausted. Instead, opt for a light gold eyeshadow, curled lashes and a coat of mascara. I am absolutely in love with the MAC ‘In Extreme Dimension Lash’ Mascara.
People often look pale and kind of sickly if they haven’t slept enough. A creamy blush is a great way to brighten up your face. Just make sure to blend, blend, blend! Try the Stila ‘Convertible Color’ Lip & Cheek Color.
Now grab a Starbucks, and get to school! You’re already five minutes late.