Look Like You've Had 8 Hours of Sleep Even When You Haven't
Whether you were up all night having fun or tossing and turning while worrying about work, skimping on sleep makes your skin look dull and fatigued, says Deborah S. Sarnoff, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist and associate clinical professor at New York University. Our easy eye-opening tricks will help you look well rested no matter how few zzz's you've caught.
1. Curl Your Lashes
"This small step has the biggest effect on a tired face," says Mally Roncal, makeup artist to Celine Dion. Add a couple of coats of waterproof mascara to hold the curl. Finish by dipping a cotton swab in loose translucent powder and sweeping it beneath your lower lid. This final step keeps mascara from turning into dark smudges under your eyes, says Roncal. Try: Japonesque Precision Lash Curler, $32, a mini curler that focuses on the outer lashes.
2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
"A rich, hydrating cream quickly plumps up fine, dry lines and reflects light, giving the appearance of a healthier complexion," says Dr. Sarnoff. Warm a dollop of moisturizer in your hands (try a formula that contains complexion-boosting vitamins C and E), then tap it onto your forehead and cheeks. An illuminating lotion will also brighten skin in seconds. "It adds instant radiance without looking obvious," says Roncal. Mix a pea-size amount of shimmer into a quarter-size amount of your regular moisturizer to further soften the sheen.
3. Think Pink
Our experts agree—a pink blush instantly wakes your face up and imparts a youthful glow. "Smile into the mirror and then gently pat color on the apples of your cheeks, which is where it would rise naturally if you were blushing," says makeup guru Bobbi Brown. Try: Bourjois Pastel Joues in Rose Frisson, $13; Lola Marseilles Creme Blush, $20.
4. Line Your Lids
Rim lids with a pale neutral eyeliner. The shade will brighten the eye area (unlike darker ones, which draw attention to puffiness). "A very light blue pencil on the inner lid is a subtle way to counteract glassy, bloodshot eyes," says Roncal. Or try a flesh-tone pencil. "Skin-tone shades naturally camouflage redness," says Trae Bodge, one of the creative directors and founders of Three Custom Color Specialists. Try: Origins Eye Brightening Color Stick, $12.50; Three Custom Color Specialists Clarifier, $12.50.
5. Cover Up
"Under-eye concealer is different from the formulas you would use to hide blemishes," says Roncal. The texture should be light and creamy, with a consistency that's easy to layer. Anything thick or dry will call immediate attention to tired eyes, she says. Pick one that's yellow-based and slightly lighter than your skin tone. Apply it under eyes and in the inner corners, where shadows create the darkest spots. (A concealer brush can help you hit hard-to-reach areas.) If your lids are prone to purplish tints, use a bone shadow-not concealer-to even out imperfections. Try: Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer, $42; Physicians Formula Wanderful Wand Cream Concealer, $6.95.
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