While there may be countless reasons why you look more tired than usual – such as one too many late nights, a stressful project or dehydration – there are several easy ways to fake looking great and conceal tiredness instantly.
We share some of our favourites below:
Make a splash
Splashing your face with ice-cold water may be one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it does really work! This is because the coolness of the water instantly tightens pores and shrinks little capillaries – making your complexion look brighter and more even. Try it out first thing in the morning for the best results.
Caffeinate – with your eye cream
Eye creams are a skincare essential, especially if they contain caffeine. Caffeine helps to break down dark circles by eliminating toxins and reducing puffiness, which can instantly make you look more awake. Choosing a roller such as Garnier’s Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller (£10.49) is a great way to gently massage the skin under your eyes to promote lymphatic drainage.
Boost your brows
Eyebrows frame and define your face, but ones that are flat or shaped straight across can create the impression of tiredness. If your brows need a tweak, make an appointment with an eyebrow beautician to have a gentle arch shaped to make you look more awake. When applying makeup, add a touch of highlighter under the brow for an instant lift.
Dehydration is one of the worst offenders of looking tired and can make your complexion look dry and sallow. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin plump and hydrated, and for an extra boost, spritz your face with a refreshing face mist. We love Balance Me’s Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist (£20).
If your complexion is looking a bit pale thanks to tiredness, blusher is a great way to add a touch of colour and a healthy glow. Choose a cream blush like No.7’s Pop & Glow Cream Blush Stick (£9.95) for a softer, dewy appearance.
To find out more about the benefits of eyebrow shaping for changing your whole look, please see our eyes and brows page.
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