8 Easy Tips to Brighten Your 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 just 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. Try these eight beauty tips to help brighten your complexion and make you look more awake.
Tired Face 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 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.
Tired Face 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 your refrigerator and break it out whenever you need to help temporarily de-puff the look of bags and circles.
Editor’s tip: Don’t have a gel-based eye mask at the ready? Not a problem. If you have a sheet mask on hand, you can try putting it in the fridge for a similar effect.
Tired Face 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 with 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. The SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex fits the bill, as the formula helps diminish dark circles, puffiness, and the effects of glycation.
Tired Face Tip #4: Conceal Dark Circles
Eye cream may be essential for reducing the appearance of dark circles, but results won’t show instantly. And sometimes, you really want your dark circles to disappear at a moment’s notice. That’s when you’ll want to break out a brightening concealer, like the Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. Apply the light-diffusing formula underneath your eyes in the shape of upside down triangles, then blend out to conceal and brighten your under-eye area.
Tired Face 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 and blend it onto the apples of your cheeks. By adding a little color to your face, you’ll immediately appear more awake.
Tired Face Tip #6: Play Mix Master with Highlighter
Shimmering powders and lustrous liquids aren’t just for fun. While it’s true they’re the ticket to a good festival makeup look, they’re also one way to brighten a tired face. 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.
Tired Face 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 pinker than your natural hue.
Tired Face 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. Need a product rec? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite face mists, here!