Tips to help make you look less tired

As we all know and have experienced, on some nights sleep can be a rare commodity especially if you’re suffering with jet-lag, staying up with a sick child or you just can’t sleep for whatever reason. All this means is the following morning you get out of bed feeling shattered and probably looking not at your very best, your skin looks dull, your eyes look puffy and have dark circles. At these times, you need a few tricks up your sleeve to cover up signs of fatigue to help you look wide awake! Here are my makeup tips to help make you look less tired.

Hydration - The first thing you have to do is hydrate your skin from the inside and out so have a large glass of water and then treat your skin to some extra moisturising with your regular skin care products or if your skin is really dry try a creamier formulation. Give the moisturiser an extra few minutes to do its job, to allow to plump up those dehydrated cells before adding makeup. While waiting here are a couple of things you can do curl your lashes and build up your brows.

Curl Your Lashes - When your lashes are upturned, your eyes look more open. To achieve the best effect, squeeze a lash curler once at your lash line, once in the middle of your lashes and once at the ends. Enhance the effect with a coat of mascara on your upper lashes only. This will draw attention up and away from the tired under eye area and give your eyes a wide-awake look.

Build Up Your Brows - Full, softly arched brows make your eyelids look lifted, and draw attention up and away from under eye puffiness and dark circles. Use short, feathery strokes to fill in your brows with a pencil or matte shadow (Cedar shade work really well for fair to medium brown brows and Tornado on most brow colours and skin tones) and then brush them up and out with a brow grooming brush.

Foundation - Tired skin tends to be rough and uneven so if you usually wear a foundation, stay away from anything which offers a heavy weight coverage, instead use a lightweight liquid foundation or tinted moisturiser; it'll glide on and help tone down skin's natural redness. Tip: Make your own tinted moisturiser by mixing a few drops of your foundation with your moisturiser.

Concealer - The best way to cover up the dark under eye circles is to apply concealer as a triangle with the base under your eye and the point toward your cheek. This shape not only conceals dark circles, but it also gives your face the appearance that it's been lifted!

Brighten up your cheeks - Bronzer and blush are the instant perfect partners which will give a skin a rested, vibrant look, while a complexion enhancing lipshine can make your whole face shine.