How to Look Awake When All You Want to Do Is Sleep

Updated 12/19/18
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Whether you’re suffering from the aftermath of a party weekend, a few days 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. Over the years, though, we've picked up some little-known secrets to help streamline our morning beauty routine and make it out the door looking polished. Especially during the colder months of the year, when it’s all the more tempting to forgo our normal morning beauty routine in favor of our plush layers of bedding.

However, once we eventually arrive at the office, we feel a tad disheveled. And ultimately we wish we had taken just a few more minutes to commit to some kind of morning beauty routine—even a quick one. With that in mind, we decided to put together our best tips and tricks for getting ready in mere minutes. Keep scrolling to find out all the tricks to faking a good night’s sleep.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil Base

Pro Pencil Base 2 0.087 oz/ 2.4 g
Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil Base $18
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This is the easiest way to brighten up your sleepy eyes. While white works too, we prefer a nude-colored, matte liner because it looks more natural. Apply Too Faced’s Instant Attitude Brow Lift ($20) 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.”

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer $27
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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 ($27). First, color-correct with a peach shade that works to neutralize dark circles and smooth fine lines. Follow that up with the radiance-boosting 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 moisturized.

It sounds complicated, but really it’s simple: These products will save your face in the early a.m.

MAC Strobe Cream

MAC Strobe Cream $33
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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, the $33 cream 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.

L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Shower Gel

L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Shower Gel $20
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The smell of citrus is refreshing, sure, but science says it can also boost your body’s production of serotonin. So what better to slather over your body in the morning than this shower gel with lemon oil and grapefruit extract? Pretty much nothing.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater $7
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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. Our advice? Keep this travel-friendly product in your bag and continue to spray yourself whenever you need a quick pick-me-up.

Rohto Cool Redness Relief Eye Drops

Rohto Cool Redness Relief Eye Drops $7
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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 neutralizes redness and discoloration instantly so you can focus on other things, like getting through your Instagram feed and coffee.

Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Color

Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Color $29
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Now for a little color—trust us, it's the key to a fast yet put-together morning beauty routine. The clear gel in this smart little tube reacts with your skin to reproduce the color you actually get when you blush. It’s magic! Just apply along your cheeks for a pretty flush that makes you look alive again.

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream $27
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This new eye cream 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.

Amanda Lacey Oils of Provence

Amanda Lacey Oils of Provence $142
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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.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask $20
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A self-activating mask (you apply; it foams) is wildly invigorating if you're looking to upgrade your current morning beauty routine. 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.

Honest Beauty Magic Balm

Honest Beauty Magic Balm $13
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This all-purpose balm deeply moisturizes your lips (and it can be used to soothe any other dry spots). Apply it before bed and you’ll wake up ready to go.

Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara

Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara $28
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If you’re anything like us, mascara can be a nightmare in the morning when contemplating your beauty routine. Our eyes tend to water when we wake up, so we live by this formula that doesn’t smudge, flake, or clump.

Next up: The 15 products an editor swears by for feigning "perfect" skin

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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