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No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep. That statement couldn’t be more true but I’ve also never seen anyone conquer their dreams confidently by looking like a zombie-in-training. In this day and age, not getting enough sleep and looking tired is normal. And while I have accepted this norm, I definitely have these tips in my back pocket so that I still look my best every day. Here are my tips on how NOT to look tired:
Keeping it Cool
The moment you wake up, spoil yourself with anything cool. Splash cold water on your face; put your eye cream on the fridge before applying; and my favorite: put a spoon on the freezer and gently press against your under-eye. Cold constricts blood vessels and relieves water retention, which reduces the look of puffiness and looking tired. There are available face rollers which you can store inside the freezer at night and use it in the morning like the Jade Roller from Mount Lai.
You must exfoliate at least once a week to get rid of surface dead cells. For a sleep-deprived face, exfoliating brings blood flow to the surface giving you that instant glow. When you exfoliate, you massage your face, which triggers blood to flow thru. Getting the blood flowing wakes up your skin. Why don’t you try FRESH’s Sugar Face Polish Exfoliator?
Your skin is depleted of moisture, and while there’s no substitute for that 8 or more glasses of water (and 8 hours of sleep), adding luminizer is the quickest cheat for that lit-from-within. Either apply before or mix liquid luminizer to your makeup base, whether a primer, foundation, moisturizer. I love this Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer!
Skip your matte foundations and reach for your hydrating, dewy formulas. You want your skin to lock in moisture as it is expectedly parched for missing those zzz’s. A lot of people swear by the radiance of Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. It is weightless and almost undetectable on the skin, it plumps your skin and boosts the glow. If you have to powder your face (say you’re oily or combination skinned), be light-handed and selective where to powder.
When it comes to you eye makeup, stay away from shimmery shadows as it will accentuate puffiness. Matte eye shadows will tone down any water retention on your eye lids. Stick to neutral (skin-tone) matte colors to give a subtle definition to your sleepy peepers. In fact, just use your matte bronzer and apply it on the contour (socket) of your eye to naturally define. While I said keep the color on your mobile lid matte, you can still have a playful and fun eye look by concentrating shimmer ONLY on your inner corner. Your eyes will catch the light but it will not draw attention to puffiness.
Eyelash Curler and Mascara
These two are your no-fail tag team to look awake. After curling your lashes, concentrate at least 2 coats of mascara on the center part of your eye to make your eyes look bigger. You can also apply mascara on your lower lashes to give that doll-like, rounded look. Now is not the time to look subtle – make sure you get the blackest mascara you can find. If you have a few bucks to splurge, why don’t you try Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara?
A pop of color on your cheekbones finishes the “pick-me-up” look. Creamy formulas leave a dew on the skin imparting that flush of youth.
My makeup kit is not complete without Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek.
With barely 4 hours of sleep and being certain that you would absolutely look and feel lousy and tired, I hope you win over your snooze button, gear up with the tips I shared and feel very settled to chase what’s worth-it to wake up for.
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