How to Fake a Full Night of Sleep

Makeup tips that conceal hangovers, insomnia or a sleepless night with baby

Hungover woman examining her face in mirror.
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There's nothing worse than the day after a sleepless night. You feel puffy, shallow and a big mess. But I'm here to rescue you with these makeup tricks that will leave you looking as if you had a full 8 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 we go....

First, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

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

Dry off and apply moisturizer to your face.

Concealer to the rescue

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 only on uneven spots

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

Line those reddened eyes

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 (I don't blame you), 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.

Eyeshadow can be a lifesaver

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: DuWop's makeup artist Cristina Bartolucci recommends using a hint of gold eyeshadow to really wake up eyes.

Curl those 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 3 times. Then apply a couple coats of mascara.

Oh highlighter pen, how I love ye

Nothing brightens the face overall than a great illuminating pen.

You simply put your head down while glancing up into the mirror, then you sweep on color on all the darkened shadows, lifting up your head to blend in.

More on highlighting pens in my review of my all-time favorite highlighter, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat.

Pink cheeks = health

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.

Bright lips? Yeah, maybe

If you really want to deflect from your sallow complexion and the bags under your eyes, apply a bright lipstick.

Teabag to the Rescue

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: 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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