5 Tips to Liven Up a Tired Face


For the last month I have been completely entrenched in the process of moving. The chaos of this has left me running on a lot less sleep than normal. Add that lack of snoozing to my winter-pale skin and most mornings I don’t look like the liveliest of ladies. Luckily, however, I have a few tried and true tips on how to fake a rosy, I’ve-had-plenty-of-sleep look when you’re feeling tired and pasty.

1. Work Out

Yes, this seems counterintuitive; you’re already tired so why would you want to work out? Well, it may not be the most fun thing in the world but an early morning gym visit means you get that awesome post-workout glow. A little brisk walking, running or even doing a DVD in your living room will get your blood pumping and wake up your complexion.

2. Drink Water

It may seem obvious, but so many of us skip water in favor of coffee (or nothing) in the morning. After your workout, carry a bottle of water around the house and drink it while you get ready. It’ll hydrate and plump up your skin cells, giving you a healthier look. For an added benefit, squeeze in some fresh lemon juice to perk up your metabolism!

3. Use Herbal Eye Pads

When I am really in need of a facial refresher, I use herbal eye pads to combat black under-eye circles and puffiness. You can find these at many health food stores and online. The herbs in the pads soothe swelling and increase circulation, and certain formulas contain ingredients that will dramatically lighten dark circles.

4. Use Highlighter

Several cosmetic brands have excellent highlighter creams that will give you a refreshed look. These formulas often contain light-reflecting particles that give your skin a gorgeous glow. Apply your makeup as you normally would, then sweep a pea size amount of highlighter across the tops of both your cheekbones. You’ll look more awake in seconds. Dabbing some highlighter (or a very light shade of eye shadow) under the arches of your eyebrows and in the corners of your eyes will liven up your eyes as well.

5. Mascara and Blush Are Musts

Even if you aren’t normally the makeup wearing type, these two products are necessary when you need to look like you’ve had a good night’s sleep. Mascara will make your eyes look bigger and more open. A blush with pink tones and even a touch of shimmer will bring life to your cheeks.

Step 1: Perk yourself up with a five-minute Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap bath. Add plenty of this magic liquid soap to your tub, and you will be instantly revitalized and refreshed. (Important: Make sure to put your face in the water too!)

Step 2: Add a few eye drops to each eye to take out the tired burn and redness. This alone really helps a lot.

Step 3: Moisturize your face and neck with your favorite cream, tap some eye serum under and over your eyes and then SPRITZ your face and neck to death with rose water or Evian water mist. When you mist your face after creaming it, it not only wakes you up, but it hydrates the heck out of your exhausted skin which creates the perfect canvas to then add makeup.

Step 4: Now that your skin is all aglow, counteract your exhausted look (which usually one can see under the eyes in the form of puffiness or dark circles) by distracting your audience’s attention and playing up a different feature with a bright color: YOUR LIPS! Red lips, florissant lips, berry stain or gloss or both will immediately create a well-rested, happy illusion that can win any crowd. People will naturally only stare at your mouth when there is a bold color on it and that pulls focus away from your tired eyes. Of course add foundation, concealer, blush, mascara and whatever else you want, but keep the eye makeup simple and play up those lips!

Nicole Bryl, Make-Up New York played up her lips here for an evening event to detract from a week of very little sleep.

Step 5: Bronze up your skin! Tan skin always alludes to rest and vacation; it is another way to detract from looking tired. Bronzed skin combined with bright lips alone will make you look very well rested.

Step 6: Make your hair look amazing! Even if it is neatly slicked back, when your hair looks groomed people are less likely to realize how tired your face looks.

Step 7: Wear your favorite pair of slightly tinted sunglasses with those bright lips and tan skin. It’s just a hot look in general, but it will block out all the extra light which can often irritate tired eyes.

Step 8: Make sure to grab a bottle of water and a straw (not to ruin your lipstick) as you walk out your door and drink the whole thing down. When you are tired your face needs hydration, so DRINK LOTS OF WATER throughout the day!

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