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Let’s face it… Our busy lives make it difficult to get enough rest. Whether you’re up all night with a baby or pulling an all-nighter to finish a presentation, a lack of sleep can be a serious drain on your appearance. If you want to perk up your face even when you haven’t had enough pillow time, and you don’t have awesome eye products, try these makeup tricks to look well rested.
Makeup Tricks When You're Tired

How to Use Makeup to Look Well Rested

Make your eyes brighter with this easy concealer and eye makeup tutorial!

Follow this easy 4-step Lumin-Eyes tutorial to brighten, highlight, conceal and illuminate the eye area in all the right places to make you look more awake.

Go light on the shadow to avoid that tired look. This natural eye tutorial makes you look wide-eyed without being overdone.

Conceal dark circles under your eyes in 5 easy steps. Perfect for those days when you have no energy due to lack of sleep!

Did you know that wearing your eyebrows thicker can draw attention away from undereye bags? Don’t let them get too unruly, though.

Use white eyeliner on the inner corner of your eye and on the waterline to brighten up tired eyes.

The color of concealer you use on your dark circles matters. Orange or peach-colored concealers work best because dark circles tend to be bluish, and you have to use the opposite color on the color wheel. Want to counteract redness? Use a greenish concealer.

Have you heard of the triangle of light? It refers to applying your concealer in a triangle shape rather than just on your dark circles. It instantly “lifts” the face, giving you a more awake (and more youthful) appearance.

Curl your lashes to open up your eyes. Have trouble getting them to stay curled? Run your eyelash curler under hot water for about 30 seconds first.

How to Use Makeup to Look Well-Rested

Cover Up Tired Eyes

If you’re like most of us, your skin looks pale and colorless when you’re tired. A sweep of blush to highlight the cheekbones adds some color and makes your entire face brighter.

As for eyeshadow, medium shades, especially in brown, help eyes look brighter. Most people should avoid colors with pink or red undertones, because they make tired eyes look worse.

This neutral eye look makes eyes look bright and fresh, even if they’re puffy. Plus, this gal is SO FUN to watch. Seriously… Check out all of her videos.

New moms will love this tutorial. It shows you how to get rid of the tired-eye-up-with-the-baby-all-night look and replace it with a healthy glow. Fake it till you make it, ladies.

Make your skin look fresh and dewy to look well-rested. And if you’re having trouble falling to sleep at night, you may want to try a homemade bedtime massage oil to soothe the senses.

Use different shades of eyeliner to make your eyes look brighter and wider. Also, line both your upper and lower lids. If you only line one or the other, it makes your eyes look more closed.

Finally, don’t forget to finish off the eyes with mascara to lengthen the lashes and open up the eyes.

eye products that work

Products we LOVE

This eye cream is terrific at lessening the dark circles and puffiness that tired eyes often have. A little bit goes a LONG way!

And if you have fine lines around your eye, try using the Instant Line Corrector. It reduces fine lines immediately and the effects last for 12 hours! Nifty!