There are about a million reasons why may look (and feel) tired. There are also a million (obvious) ways to reduce the effects of fatigue using eye creams or colour correcting concealers. And though trying to actually get more rest or spend less time staring at screens would certainly be ideal ways to combat the effects of fatigue, there are other surprising methods that require only a few strategic tweaks to your beauty routine.
Read on for our tips on how to look bright-eyed and wide awake – even when you most definitely are not.
5 WAYS TO LOOK BRIGHT-EYED
PUT EYE CREAMS IN THE FRIDGE
If you have a few minutes, apply anything cold to the under-eye area (frozen foods, cold tea bags) to help soothe inflammation. For an even better approach to this trick, store all of your eye products (masks, gels, creams) in the fridge as well, so they're ready for de-puffing at all times.
PUT LINER ON YOUR WATERLINE
If you're suffering from the effects of fatigue or dehydration, the waterline under your eye will appear to be very red. To get rid of this effect, apply a creamy formula white liner just below your lash line and softly sweep the pencil along the waterline. Not only will this cover up the pink waterline, but the white pencil will brighten your eye and make you appear wide awake.
CURL YOUR LASHES
Curling your lashes to appear more wide-eyed is one of the best tricks, but it's often overlooked. It opens the eyes and makes them appear more awake. Simply use an eyelash curler to curl your top lashes before applying mascara. For ultra curly lashes, heat your lash curler up for a few seconds using hot air from a blow dryer.
CHANGE THE COLOUR OF YOUR EYE MAKEUP
One of the easiest ways to combat fatigue? Swap out your usual black liner for a softer shade. Using a brown pencil rather than a black one to line the upper lash line, very close to and in-between the top lashes, then flicking out the outer corners will add a lift to the eye.
Surprisingly, a dewy complexion isn't just a great way to enhance the most prominent parts of your face. A dewy highlight on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose will make it appear as though you've just slept for hours – even if you haven't. Choose a cream or liquid highlighter to create the freshest, most natural glow.