With holiday parties on the rise, unwell sleepless children, or a night of passionate romance with your lover — you may not be getting the 6-8 hours of sleep doctor’s recommend necessary for a fresh rested face. To achieve a well rested face even though you may be exhausted try following these four simple ways not to look tired.
Drink plenty of water. Don’t fool yourself into thinking your body needs caffeine to look and feel alert. Caffeine is actually very dehydrating.
The latest thing to drink to energize your body and emulate a hydrated alertness is peppermint tea. And, yes I’ve tried it and surprisingly peppermint tea gives you the boost you need. Try Clipper Organic Peppermint Tea [20 bags £2]. After hydrating your body it’s time to hydrate your face.
After your daily cleansing routine move onto a Tinted Moisturiser with SPF 15. It will not only protect your skin from environmental radicals but it will also give your face the healthy glow it needs and balance your skin tone as well. I never leave home with out applying it! Try Clarins Super Restorative Tinted Cream [boots.com, £38]. You will love this stuff!
After applying your tinted moisturizer on your face and neck it’s now time to whip out your brightening concealer stick. Apply your brightening concealer stick under your eyes, in the corner of your eyes by the bridge of your nose and out to the sides of your eyes. Blend with your ring fingers [the light pressure is more gentle on the delicate eye area]. Apply sparingly using the brush [you are not going for the racoon look].
Check out one of Prescriptives best sellers Unseen Brightening Concealer SPF 15 [prescriptives.com]. If you use a brightening concealer stick under those dark, tired eyes no one will know you were rocking the Kasbah all night long.
Eat an apple. Apparently when waking up if you eat an apple not only are you keeping the doctor away you are naturally waking your body up! Eating an apple is healthier than drinking that cup of coffee.
Now that you have moisturized and concealed the dark shadows under your eyes it’s time to add a little bit of colour to your face. Now, I know that some of you out there are mums and find it really difficult to find the time to do anything in the mornings. But please trust me, if you can accomplish these things you won’t only look good on the outside, but you will feel much better on the inside.
Essential make up routine should include:
- Bronzer. Make sure you use a big soft brush and apply the bronzer on your cheekbones, the sides of your neck and a little bit on your forehead. The transformation is slowly beginning. One of the best top selling bronzers that can be found in Sephora and other retail outlets is Givenchy Le Prisme Sun Visage Mat Soft Compact Face Powder [Escentual.com, £31].
- Next, take an eye shadow brush and choose from shades of blue to offset those blood shot eyes. Try Rimmel London Quad Eye Shadow in Smokey Blue with matching liner. Blondes try Almond with a matching brown liner.
- Lastly, try a dark brown mascara. Often, blacks emphasize dark circles under your eyes. Dark brown is just the right choice. Christian Dior Show in Chestnut (£16).
Now that we’ve transformed your weary eyes into lively buttons- flaunt it. Hold your head up high and smile. Smiling will make you look younger and look less tired. Another trick that I do is I tie my hair back in a pony. That often gives you a little natural mini face-lift which makes you look less tired and fresh faced. Try making an effort.
I know it is difficult when one is tired; however, if you make an effort in the mornings to not look tired you will be surprised how you won’t feel tired.
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