It might be the time of year, the time of the month, you might have unrelenting deadlines, relentless social expectations, children pushing you to the brink of exhaustion, or you might have had too many late nights at the pub. Regardless of why you feel so tired, we all need ways to hide the fact. But it’s not easy to act bright eyed and bushy tailed if you feel as if you haven’t slept in weeks.
You can try a new mattress, designer eye creams, or listening to some soothing music before you go to bed, but here you’ll find some helpful tips about how you can look a little less tired in the meantime.
Take a hot – and cold – shower
When you roll out of bed, the first thing you might think of is to stand under a boiling hot shower for thirty minutes and somehow convince yourself to leave it. But did you know if you really want to wake yourself up and get the blood pumping, then alternating the temperature will certainly work. The sudden temperature change will really rev your skin colour and circulation into gear, try it!
Focus on your smile
If your face is pale, ashen and puffy then don’t panic, the trick is to accentuate the areas that aren’t. Liven up your look with a quick swipe of bright, baby pink lipstick. Pink will warm up the tones of your face and make your teeth look whiter too!
A treat for the eyes
Before you pile on the foundation and concealer, try giving your eyes a boost of caffeine first. Either place some cooled tea bags on your eyes or soak some cotton pads in espresso for ten minutes if you’re more of a coffee lover. The caffeine will work to reduce the redness and puffiness of the area, making your eyes look fresh and bright.
Wear a ponytail
Pulling your hair into a high pony tail is like giving your face a little lift. Perfect if your face is drooping from all the lack of sleep. You’ll probably get lots of compliments about how it suits you too! Great distraction.
It might be the exact opposite of what you want to do right now, but if you’re heading to work and you’re looking pretty exhausted, try parking the car a little further away from the office than normal and briskly walk into work. Getting your blood pumping will flush your skin and give you a gorgeous glow. No one will know your counting down until bedtime!
Drinking a glass of water before you go to bed and when you wake up will help keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh and dewy the next day.
Use a tinted moisturiser
Having a sun kissed look will certainly fool anyone who thinks they saw you in the pub late last night. A little illumination of the skin will work wonders no matter what your skin type might be.