This blog post is for those of you who want to look more awake when you’re tired. I made this video because, I find that whenever I sit down to do my makeup, my first thought is often, “Damn, I look wrecked.” Being busy is great, but I find that I neglect myself sometimes when my schedule gets too full.
Makeup is an incredible tool and can help even the most exhausted of us look like we slept on a cloud. Watch the video to see my favorite tips and tricks, or continue reading below if you don’t feel like listening to me.
Zoolander said it best: “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” But in all seriousness, hydration is super important. Make sure you’re consuming enough water throughout the day. The old rule is eight 8-oz glasses of water per day, but I try to drink more than that. When I’m good about drinking water, I notice a huge difference in my skin. Not only is my skin more hydrated and clearer, but my fine lines seem to plump up a bit.
In addition to hydrating from within, remember to moisturize the skin. No matter what skin type you have, moisturizer is your friend. It helps create a smooth, hydrated base for makeup, and makes skin appear healthy and more youthful. I use Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb. A hydrating primer helps as well. Try the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer.
2. COLOR CORRECT
Color correcting is a great tool to use if you tend to get dark unde-reye circles when you’re tired. Under-eye circles can vary as far as color and undertones go, so make sure to find the right color for you. Use the color opposite the color of your dark circles on a color wheel. My under-eye circles tend to be on the purple/blue side, so I find that an orange/salmon color corrector does the trick. I like to use the L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal in Orange. These concealers are super pigmented and extremely affordable, and come in a ton of different shades!
As I get older, I find that there’s a shift in my favorite makeup products. When I used to go to Sephora in my younger years, I would go straight for the bold eyeshadows and lip products. Now I’m like, get me to the most full coverage concealers/foundations and natural setting powders STAT. A full coverage concealer is my best friend when I’m trying to look more awake. For this, I love the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. There’s a reason everyone and their mom raves about this stuff. It’s really, f*cking good. The formula is extremely thick and full-coverage, without being cakey. Using a shade lighter than your skintone in your under-eye area will instantly brighten your look and bring life to your face.
4. LIGHT, SHIMMERY EYESHADOW
When I’m looking tired, I stay away from dark colors on my eyes. Darker tones tend to weigh down my eyes, making me appear even more exhausted. Instead, I opt for a bright, shimmery shadow. Keeping the eyes simple and light, while adding a light pop of shimmer on the inner corners and inner part of the lower lashline will help widen and brighten the eyes. I like to use Stile Eyeshadow in Kitten. For an even more intense shimmer, try dampening your brush before dipping into the shadow.
5. NUDE EYELINER
Using an eyeliner in your skintone on the lower waterline will also help to brighten up the eyes and make you appear more awake. This is also a great time for people with smaller or hooded eyes. I’ve recently been loving the Nyx Wonder Pencil in Light. This product can also be used to spot conceal, and highlight the browbone.
6. ROSY LIPS
When I’m doing a lighter makeup look like this, I like to go for a warm, flattering rosy shade. Anything too vampy weighs down the look and anything too light or nude can make me look like a corpse. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare is a beautiful, warm, medium pink that is flattering on everyone, and gives that fresh, young look.
What are some of your favorite tips and products for looking more awake? Let me know in the comments below! Okay, time for me to take a nap.