We’ve all been there: You stayed out too late with your girlfriends or you’ve been burning the midnight oil at work. Come morning, your face shows it. While a good cup of coffee might help you increase energy, your skin and eyes may still look tired. The good news is that with the right products you can fake a full night’s sleep and look bright and energized—even when all you want is a nap.
Tired skin often looks dull and dry, with enlarged pores being the price you pay for that late-night Netflix binge. Before you head to bed, do yourself a favor and pop your moisturizer in the fridge. Then, when you wake up, start by gently exfoliating your skin with the Dermabrush Advanced Cleaning System. Rinse well and pat your skin dry, and then grab that cold moisturizer to help tighten up those pores.
Fragrance can increase energy and help you feel ready to tackle the day. Look for fragrances that are bright and fruity, like Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs or Gold Rush by Paris Hilton. By applying fragrance strategically to your pulse points on your neck, wrists, and behind your ears, you’ll instantly feel energized.
Under-eye concealer hides a multitude of sins, especially when dark circles make your face look tired. The trick to waking up your face is to apply a concealer one shade lighter than your skin in an inverted triangle under your eyes. This will help cover up the circles and bring extra light to your face so your eyes don’t give you away.
Even when you conceal dark circles, red eyes can make you look super tired. If you can’t increase energy with extra sleep, you can help create the illusion of bright, well-rested eyes by using a white eyeliner pencil to line your lower inner lash line. This extends the look of the whites of your eyes so you look bright-eyed and ready for the day.
Rosy cheeks are a sign of a great night’s sleep. Unfortunately, pale, sallow skin is usually the case when you don’t get the rest you need. Luckily, you can fake that well-rested glow by opting for a peachy cream-based blush. Cream blush adds a note of dewiness to your skin, while the peach color will wake up your entire face.
It’s practically impossible to get a full night’s sleep every night. Your social life, work, family, and busy DVR schedule can keep you up until all hours of the night. But with the right products and fragrances, the only person who will know about your late-night antics will be you.