How to Look Awake When All You Want to Do Is Sleep
Whether you’re suffering from the aftermath of a party weekend, a few days worth of hardcore binge-watching (which can be just as eventful, depending on the show), or just a general case of the Mondays—it was hard to wake up this morning, yeah? Same here. Along the way, though, I've picked up some little-known secrets to help streamline my morning routine and make it out the door looking polished.
Keep scrolling to find out all the tricks to faking a good night’s sleep.
Rohto Cool Redness Relief Eye Drops (£10)
These eye drops are like heaven for your bleary eyes. Gently drop the formula into your eyes to banish the sleepy look from your face. This particular offering is tinted blue, so it neutralises redness and discoloration instantly so you can focus on other things, like getting through your Instagram feed and coffee.
Amanda Lacey Oils of Provence (£103)
A soothing mixture of lavender, sage, eucalyptus and bois de rose, this luxurious oil is absolutely worth waking up for. The fragrance is just as decadent as the texture, and as you apply, the oil warms to your skin and melts right in. It relieves dry skin, treats rosacea, and lifts your spirit. Take a minute and massage the formula into your face and neck, breathing slowly as you apply.
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream ($22)
Kickstart your morning with this new eye cream that perks you up with its cool-touch applicator and de-puffing tip, while also smoothing the area for makeup application (remember those pesky concealer creases? they’re gone). Swipe the cream on in a circular motion around the eye area, including your lids, and reapply as needed.
This is the easiest way to brighten up your sleepy eyes. While white works too, I prefer a nude-colored, matte liner because it looks more natural. Apply Too Faced’s Instant Attitude Brow Lift (£18) to your bottom waterline and along your brow bone. The subtle addition will make your face look more wide-awake and less “I just woke up five minutes ago.”
Dubbed the “ultimate quick fix for skin,” this super-potent formula allows you to forget about the snooze button. Filled with green tea, vitamins, and iridescent goodness, MAC Strobe Cream (£25) highlights all the lovely features on your face while also blurring any imperfections. That includes dull skin, redness, and the terrible creases your pillow makes on your cheek.
Rather than relying on just one concealer, you’re going to need to bring in the big guns. In this case, the big guns are Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Concealers (£20). First, color correct with a peach shade that works to neutralize dark circles and smooth fine lines. Follow that up with the radiance-booster concealer (opt for two shades lighter than your skin), and your under-eye area will instantly look refreshed. The formula reflects light to erase shadows and includes hyaluronic acid to keep the skin plump and moisturised. It sounds complicated, but really it’s simple: These products will save your face in the early a.m.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater (£7)
You know what they say about keeping hydrated? Well, it’s not limited to drinking water. In fact, you can keep your skin looking less tired than you feel with rosewater spray. (This one also includes aloe and herbs.) Spritz on the comforting, refreshing mist when you wake up to allow yourself a spa-like experience in just seconds. The smell will delight your senses; the cool, dewy moisture will help wake you up; and the ingredients will tighten pores and nourish your skin. My advice? Keep this travel-friendly product in your bag and continue to spray yourself whenever you need a quick pick-me-up.
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask (£42)
A self-activating mask (you apply; it foams) is wildly invigorating. It has a ton of vitamins, as well as aloe and grape seed extract to wake you up on contact. Believe me when I say it feels so good. It smells like a dream—but won’t let you slip back into one.
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