Look awake even when you're not feeling it with these cheats, tips and affordable products!
Disrupted sleep, late nights and early mornings can all prevent you from feeling wide awake and ready to face the day. That’s why we’ve come up with some top beauty tips to help you cheat yourself awake and stop looking tired…
A quick shower in the morning will energise your body and boost circulation. ‘If you can manage it, turn the shower to cold for a couple of seconds just before you get out to wake you up,’ says goodtoknow editor Jolene. Try a zesty shower gel like Dove’s Go Fresh Grapefruit & Lemongrass Scent Body Wash (£2.03) to make you feel ready for the day ahead.
Keeping your skin hydrated will make your face look smoother and more radiant. If your skin is quite dry, use a thicker moisturing cream rather than a lotion to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
‘One of my best kept secrets for reducing dark circles is to mix your foundation with a light-reflecting eye cream and apply in small dabs around the eye socket, including the cheek bones,’ says Simple skincare expert and celebrity make-up artist Caroline Frazer. Try Simple Radiance Brightening Eye Cream (£7.14), which contains light-reflecting particles.
Here’s a cheap trick to make you look rested: ‘Put slices of cucumber on your eyes for 10 minutes before you go to bed to reduce puffiness in the morning. Alternatively, place 2 cold, used teabags on your eyes for 10 minutes when you get up (if you can spare the time). The caffeine in the bags reduces puffiness and makes your eyes sparkle.’ goodtoknow editor Jolene
Reduce the signs of fatigue and puffiness and cool the skin around your eyes with Nivea’s Q10 Plus Anti Wrinkle Refreshing Eye Roll-On (£9.99). It will smooth and brighten your eye area in the short term, plus it contains anti-ageing ingredients. Just what you need when the kids wake you up at 5am!
Keep your skin plumped and your body hydrated by drinking lots of water. It will help keep you alert and stop you from feeling the effects of dehydration (don’t reach for the coffee as caffeine is dehydrating). If you want to make drinking water more interesting, try a refreshing peppermint herbal tea.
‘Try soaking a flannel in hot water (but not too hot), wring it out then cover your face for 30 seconds. Plunge it into cold water then put over your face again for 10 seconds. Dry with a soft towel then finish with your daily moisturiser or a blended facial oil containing energising orange essential oil.’ goodtoknow Family editor Jenny
Make your eyes look instantly bigger with a white or silver eyeliner pencil. Barry M’s White Kohl Pencil (£2.99) is soft, smudgeable and makes your eyes look larger and clearer when applied inside the lower lid. One cheat all tired mums need!
Wear a light, neutral eyeshadow and steer clear of any dark or smoky shades that will make you look like you haven’t slept for a month. L’Oreal’s Color Appeal Eye Shadow (£6.19) in Golden Rose is a warm shade with a slight shimmer that will add some sparkle to your eyes.
Wear your hair in a tight ponytail or a bun. It will give you a natural facelift, making you look more awake and fresh-faced. Who needs scary Botox?
If you’re feeling tired and looking pale, cheat your way to a healthy glow with blusher. Bourjois’ Rose de Jaspe Blush (£6.99) comes in a subtle pink shade that suits most skin tones.
‘Under-eye circles are notoriously difficult to treat,’ says cosmetic specialist Dr Darren McKeown. ‘Look for products containing caffeine to help with puffiness and vitamin A or licorice root extract which are great for treating darkness.’ Garnier’s Caffeine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Tinted Eye Roll-On (£10.20) works immediately and comes in 4 different shades so you’ll be back to looking like a supermum in no time!
‘A good concealer can make the most dramatic difference to how you look. It lightens up dark circles, brightens your face, and makes you look rested.Search for a creamy formula that’s yellow-based and one shade lighter than your skin tone. Use your fingers or a concealer brush to apply a generous amount of concealer under the eye, up to the lash line and at the innermost corners of the eye. Gently pat with your fingertips to smooth, then lock it in with loose powder applied with a powder puff.’ Bobbi Brown
There’s no reason why you can’t look as glam and fresh-faced as Elle Macpherson while doing the school run. ‘Lift a tired face by applying a light-reflecting concealer. Add under eyes, beneath the brow bone and around the line from the nose to corners of the mouth. Gently blend by pressing it into the skin with your finger. This will instantly liven the face.’ Make-up artist for Avon, Liz Pugh.
‘Use a pencil concealer inside the waterline (the rim above your lower lashes) and dab the creamy concealer on the inner corners of the eye to brighten and lift,’ says make-up artist for New CID Cosmetics Michael Phillips. Try new CID Cosmetics i-open (pictured; £18.50) to really open your eyes after a late night. On a budget? Try the Miss Sporty Mini Me Concealer (£2.59).
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