How to Fake a Full Night of Sleep

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There's nothing worse than the day after a sleepless night. You feel puffy, shallow, and a big mess. Fortunately, we're here to rescue you with a list of beauty tricks that will leave you looking as if you had a full eight hours of sleep. The trick is all in the eyes (mostly).

You never want to fully put makeup on your eyes when you're tired. This brings too much attention to them. At the same time, you'll look even worse if you don't apply some makeup. The key is in the balance. Here are practical tips for looking like you got a full night of beauty rest.


Before we start on the makeup tips, let's focus on hydrating the skin. First, wake up the skin by soaking a washcloth in a bowl of ice cubes and water. Press to your face 5-10 times. Dry off and apply moisturizer to your face.

Use Concealer

Nothing is worse than dark under-eye circles after a sleepless night. To find them, simply tilt your chin down while looking into a mirror. The darkish, blue circles right at the bridge of the nose and the inside corner of the eye should pop right out at you. To conceal them, use your pinky finger to dot in concealer. The warmth of your finger will help the concealer melt into your skin beautifully.

Concealer is also great for covering up the annoying red lines that seem to appear on your lids when you're tired. A swipe of concealer on your lids will cover them right up. Plus, concealer acts as a great primer under eyeshadow, helping it stay in place longer.

Dot Foundation or Tinted Moisturizer on Uneven Spots

Now is not the time for cake face. Instead of applying a full face of foundation, dot it only on your uneven spots.

Apply Eyeliner

When you're tired, the rims of your eyes can appear redder than usual. Line the inside of the eyes with a white, beige, or flesh-colored eyeliner to conceal redness. If you can't bear to put a pencil to your inside rim, dotting the white or beige liner in between the lower lashes will wake eyes right up. Skip the liquid liner and instead use a pencil liner to smudge a brown or gray color along the upper lash line, not inside it.

Apply Eyeshadow

When it comes to looking awake, eyeshadow is your hero. Most eyeshadow palettes come with a neutral shade. Sweep this across the entire lid (always prime first with a shadow primer, concealer, or foundation) from lash line to the browbone. To look really awake, dab your finger into a super light eyeshadow and press your finger into the inside corner of the eye. This conceals the darkish area right at the corner and makes eyes pop.

Bonus Tip: Use a hint of gold eyeshadow to really wake up eyes.

Curl Your Lashes

Curled lashes are another makeup artist's secret for making eyes look wide awake. Simply clamp down the curler as close as you can to the lash line and open and close three times. Then apply a couple of coats of mascara.

Use a Highlighter Pen

Nothing brightens the face overall than a great illuminating pen. You simply put your head down while glancing up into the mirror, then sweep on color on all the darkened shadows, lifting up your head to blend in.

Apply a Cream Blush

Nothing makes you appear healthy like pink cheeks. Blend in a creamy blush into the apples of your cheeks to turn your sallow complexion into an image of dewiness, health, and a full night's sleep.

Consider a Bold Lip

If you really want to deflect from your sallow complexion and the bags under your eyes, apply a bright lipstick. When picking a shade, remember the bolder the better.

Combat Puffy Eyes With Teabags

To combat puffy eyes, put a used bag of caffeinated tea (black tea) in the refrigerator for a half-hour, then place over your eyelids. Make sure to squeeze out the excess tea. Keep them there for 10 minutes and any puffiness will go away. Caffeine is great for the eye area.

Another favorite tired-eye tip is keeping a teaspoon in the freezer for mornings when your tired eyes need a pick-me-up. Simply place the spoon over each eye.

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