8 Ways to Wake Up a Tired-Looking Face
No matter how many times you tell yourself you’ll go to sleep early, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Unfortunately, the repercussions of too few hours of shut-eye go beyond yawning all day at work. You might end up looking as tired as you feel. After all, it’s called beauty rest for a reason.
Thankfully, there are a number of easy ways to combat a tired face. With the right skin-care products in your arsenal and makeup tips, no one has to know you had a late night. Check out these eight beauty tips and products recs to help brighten your complexion and make you look more awake.
TIP 1: Target Concerns While You Sleep
When you’re sleep deprived with a tired face, the last thing you’ll want to do is make time for a super complex skin-care routine in the morning. That’s why it’s a good idea to tackle your complexion concerns overnight. Before you slip between the sheets, smooth on a sleep mask, like the Lancôme Énergie de Vie Night Mask. Once you’re coated, there’s no need to rinse off. Start catching zzz’s as per usual, then cleanse when you wake up.
TIP 2: Relax With a Cooling Eye Mask
If puffy eyes are your problem, a cooling eye mask can help. Pop a gel eye mask in the refrigerator and break it out whenever you need help temporarily de-puffing the look of bags and circles.
TIP 3: Make Eye Cream Your Best Friend
Dark circles and under-eye bags are a dead giveaway that you’re feeling tired, which makes being diligent about applying eye cream a must. So, go ahead and add an eye cream to your skin-care routine, and while you’re at it, choose one that can multitask. We like the SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex.
TIP 5: Brighten Cheeks With Blush
As far as easy ways to brighten your tired face go, it doesn’t get much better than sweeping on a bit of blush. Just dip your brush in a peach or coral blush (or whatever shade you’re drawn to, really) and blend it onto the apples of your cheeks. By adding a little color to your face, you’ll immediately appear more awake. We love the IT Cosmetics Ombré Radiance Blush for a healthy flush of color and glow.
TIP 6: Play Mix Master With Highlighter
The more luminous your skin looks, the less tired your face will appear. And the best part is, you can take care of your skin while you illuminate your face. Just mix a few drops of the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops into your moisturizer of choice and prepare to shine bright.
TIP 7: Enhance Your Natural Lip Color
Take a break from wearing bold lip colors — they can draw attention to dark circles. Instead, swipe on a neutral lip color that’s slightly more pink than your natural hue. Consider a pH-reacting color to enhance your natural lip color like the Lancôme L'Absolu Tône-Up Tint.
TIP 8: Spritz to Refresh
Opportunities to help your face appear less tired don’t only arise in the morning and at night. You can refresh your face and wake up the look of your skin throughout the day with a hydrating facial mist. Keep one on your desk and give your face a few quick spritzes whenever you need a midday pick me up. A soothing drugstore formula we reach for time and time again is the Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist with Rose Water.