Wednesday, 1 February 2017

How To Look Wide Awake (When You're Not)

How to look wide awake

Please tell me I'm not the only one who always plans to go to bed early, yet when it comes to it I'm sat there refreshing my social media over and over until midnight? Come the next morning I'm at least an hour down on my beauty sleep and darn it shows! My eyes look red raw and puffy and generally not so fresh. Yet I never learn! I started a bullet journal this month and along with drinking more water I'm going to attempt to get more sleep. We shall see...

While I'm trying to work on my sleeping habits I've rounded up a few tips and tricks to share with you that I rely on for faking looking wide awake when really I'm not. Hopefully you'll discover something new that might help perk you up in the morning.

How to look wide awake

EYE GEL
Ah eyes, the windows to the soul or as I refer to them, the little so and so's that give the game away that you were scrolling away on Instagram until midnight! If I can sort these little red wotsits out the battle is already half won. Along with necking a pint of water as soon as I wake up, a refreshing eye gel works wonders for de-puffing the eye area and cooling down any redness, as well as of course hydrating. Gel formulas such as my new fave Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux are best as they're super cooling and sink straight into the skin. Creams can actually cause puffiness, as can applying too much so its worth going for a gel or thin serum.

CORRECTOR
Most people tend to have a little discolouration under their eyes so disguising this gives a much more wide awake appearance. I suffer with a bit of blueness as well as under eye bags so a peachy corrector such as the Bobbi Brown Corrector or NYX offering are essential for me. This counteracts the blue and is super creamy so is comfortable on my skin. I find correctors do a much better job under the eyes than concealer, which can sometimes be a bit too heavy.

SPARKLE
A light yet shimmery eyeshadow really brightens the eye I find, and something like the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Eyeshadow* adds so much shimmer and glitter that it really cheats a few hours extra sleep. As the name suggests, they're metallic eyeshadows that can be lightly applied or built up for a more intense effect. I have the shade Dusty Rose* and I tend to pat the cream formula over my eyelid straight out of the pan or mix in a drop of the primer that comes with the eyeshadow to give a more intense and long-lasting effect.

SKIN-TONED EYELINER
Forget white eyeliner which let's face it, looks a bit odd, and instead opt for a more natural skintoned pencil like the MAC Studio Chromographic Pencil. A little bit of this added to the water line cancels out any tell tale redness and makes my eyes look so much fresher. This works wonders even if you have sensitive eyes - perfect for the hayfever season too!

How to look wide awake

CURL THOSE LASHES
It's a step I often neglect but curling my eyelashes really opens up my eyes - I must get back into it! I have had this pair of Shu Uemera Eyelash Curlers for yonks and it's still going strong. People always recommend them as they're really that good!

MASCARA (AND LOTS OF IT)
I'm really obsessed wih the Stila Huge  Extreme Lashes Mascara* still. It builds up the lashes perfectly and adds a load of volume but without any clumping. After a little curl and two coats of this mascara I look a hell of lot more presentable. Which ever mascara you use, don't forget to add a couple of coats to open your eyes in the morning. Another good trick is to use a blue mascara like the Benefit They're Real Mascara. To stop things getting a little 80's I just apply this to the top lashes over my Stila black mascara. The blue really makes the white of my eyes pop!

A BRIGHT LIP
A gorgeous bright lip really lights up my pale complexion and also makes me feel a bit sassy, so perfect if I've not had a great night's sleep. Something like the pinky hues of the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Natalie or the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Ink in 142 Creatif make all the difference.

If you have any tips for faking looking wide awake please pop them in the comments.

Laura

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