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5 Makeup Tricks to Help You Look WAY More Awake Than You Feel

  • 5 Makeup Tricks to Help You Look WAY More Awake Than You Feel
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    Trick #1: Brighten With Eye Cream

    Freedman recommends product cocktailing your eye cream and tinted moisturizer or foundation to downplay your bleariness. “Apply a touch of eye cream,” he says. “While dewy, [apply] a light wash of foundation or tinted moisturizer around the eye, on the lid, and the lash line, [then blend].” He swears this light combination will help mask dark circles. We like Ole Henriksen’s Total Truth Vitamin C Eye Crème SPF 15 ($45) and Koh Gen Doh’s Aqua Foundation SPF 15 ($62) for these moments, as both are lightweight, but effective.

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    Trick #2: Line It Up

    Take a pale pink or nude pencil, like Chella’s Highlighting Pencil ($18) in Ivory Lace or Stila’s Kajal Eye Liner ($18) in Topaz, and line your bottom waterline—it’ll open up your eyes instantly and make them look larger.

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    Trick #3: Add Some Color

    A colorless, sallow complexion is a dead giveaway of a late night. Freedman shares a trick he uses on his actress clients after a long day of press: “I dust a very light matte bronzer with a fluffy brush all over the face,” he shares. He swears by Stila’s Sun Bronzing Powder ($28). Then, he recommends using a “juicy” blush with a luminous finish to give your skin a slightly dewy, light-reflecting finish. Try Tarte’s Cheek Stain ($30) in Fearless, or Nars’ The Multiple ($39) in Portofino.

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    Trick #4: Give a Glimmer

    Give your eyes a little glimmer to mask tiredness. Freedman suggests lining your last line with MAC’s Eye Kohl ($16) in Teddy. “The crisp, brown [color] has a touch of shimmer [in it] to catch light and help you look alive!” he says.

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    Trick #5: Back to Basics

    When all else fails, Freedman says to employ the oldest trick in the book: curl your lashes. He recommends getting as close to the base of your lashes as possible, then squeezing down for the ultimate, eye-opening curl. “Then, just apply a swipe of mascara to freshen [and really make] your eyes pop,” he says. Need a curler? Reach for Shu Uemura’s Lash Curler ($20)—it’s a makeup artist favorite!

    Now that you know how to mask your tiredness, click ahead to shop our favorite products to fake good night’s rest!

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  • Aqua Foundation SPF 15
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    Koh Gen Doh Aqua Foundation SPF 15 ($62)

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    Chella Highlighter Pencil ($18)

  • Eye Kohl in Teddy
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  • Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz
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    Stila Sun Bronzing Powder ($28)

  • The Multiple in Portofino
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    Shu Uemura Lash Curler ($20)

It’s Monday—enough said. To help you avoid the caffeine crash that usually follows your third (fourth?) cup of coffee, we enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman and asked for his expert tips of faking wide-awake eyes and glowing skin. Because no one needs to know about the martini marathon that happened this weekend.


Click through the slideshow to find out how to look alert and awake—even if you’re not!

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