Here’s a three-sentence horror story: “You look tired.”
Let’s admit it: We all have our ~off~ days, a.k.a. days when we just can’t be bothered to fix ourselves up—simply because we’re just too exhausted or busy. To make matters worse, it’s also usually when our skin acts up due to the heightened stress levels and lack of proper rest. In short: No makeup + signs of fatigue = #disaster, especially when someone takes a photo of you and uploads it online!
Here’s something to cheer you up: You don’t necessarily need a face full of makeup to look decent. As most beauty experts will tell you, a quick dab here or there can already make a big difference—you just have to be strategic! Check out these quick tips on how to instantly look like you got eight hours of sleep (even though you only got two!). The best part? You don’t have to do all of these; just determine your main dilemma and zero in on that.
The problem: Uneven skin tone
The fix: Ace your base, quick!
Nothing spells T-I-R-E-D quite like a dull complexion marked by uneven color and texture—maybe some splotchy redness here and there, signs of darkness, or even dry, flaky skin. The quickest fix? Choose a moisturizing liquid foundation (not powder!) to cover up imperfections and smoothen out any patches.
Try this “healthy mix” formula that’s infused with Vitamins C, E, and B5 that act against signs of fatigue while giving skin a more healthy-looking appearance.
A CC cream works, too. This color-correcting formula has different pigments for multiple benefits: The peach color reduces signs of fatigue, the green cancels out redness, while the white pigment camouflages dark spots. It also has sun protectors to protect against future damage.
The problem: Under-eye circles
The fix: Brighten + conceal.
The signs of exhaustion in your eyes are hard to miss, so you have to address them, stat. Invest in a heavy-duty concealer—preferably a blendable cream or not-too-fluid liquid—especially if you’re suffering from dark circles. Pro tip: Pat, don’t blend, for better and longer-lasting coverage.
For an instant brightening effect, you can opt for a concealer formula with light-reflecting particles to illuminate skin and minimize the appearance of dark circles.
The problem: Redness in the eye area
The fix: Define with liner.
Team #NoSleep? Here’s a quick way to bring out the whites of your eyes and look extra bright-eyed: Use a liquid eyeliner in a stark black shade to line your upper lash line for an instantly polished look. Just remember to line as close as possible to the lash line—this gives the illusion of fuller lashes, too.
Alternatively, blue eyeliner works, too, as it neutralizes any redness in and around the eye area. Wear it on the lower lash line for a bold—but fresh—look.
The problem: Pale or sallow complexion
The fix: Get blushing.
We all know how a hectic sched and lack of sleep can make you look pale and zombie-like, so bring out the blushes! Go for a natural-looking flush with creamy blush with hydrating properties, like this luxe formula infused with Murumuru butter.
Prefer a liquid tint? Try a drunk blush look by blending a bit of product over your nose, too.
Shop now: Ellana Lip and Cheek Gel – Ruby, P499
The problem: Dry, flaky lips
The fix: Moisturizing color
While a matte lip is always trendy, you may want to try a more hydrated lip look to give yourself healthier-looking puckers. You can go subtle with a tinted balm, a satin lippie, or a juicy tint, or really turn up the shine with a stunning gloss.
Shop now: Careline Stain Gloss, P125
The problem: Zero glow
The fix: Illuminate with highlighter!
Fake a lit-from-within glow with a pearlescent highlighter, applied on the high points of your face: the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the forehead, and on the cupid’s bow. You can also mix a bit of highlighter with your foundation for a radiance-enhancing effect.
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