Although modern living has many of us feeling flat or downright strung out, the last place you want it showing is on your face.
Ever had a colleague say ‘You look exhausted?’ as you arrive at the office? Although unwelcome, your face, and particularly your eyes, is sending a message. Poor sleep, hydration and diet all leave their mark. Follow these tips to look tired in next to no time.
- A light dab of concealer all around the eyes will help reduce the appearance of dark circles and hide any lingering redness.
- Gently massaging the eye area will boost circulation and help any excess fluid drain away. Sleeping on a pillow that’s too flat can exacerbate puffy eyes, whereas sleeping with your head slightly more elevated will prevent excess fluid pooling where it shouldn’t.
- A pop of colour can detract from a sleepy, pale face. A lip colour slightly brighter than usual, or a pop of peachy blush will help perk things up and accentuate your cheeks.
- Apply a cold compress to the eye area for 10-15 minutes to help shrink the blood vessels around the eye area. This is only a temporary fix though.
- Over-the-counter eye drops can help reduce bloodshot eyes. Staring at a computer screen reduces your blink rate, leading to drier, tired-looking eyes, so be sure to take regular breaks.
- Use a brightening stick on the brow bones, on the outer corner of the eyes and the upper forehead.
- Minimise pores with a primer like Maybelline’s Baby Face to make foundation glide on, rather than settling into pores.
- Stay hydrated during the day, making sure you sip enough water or herbal tea to keep your urine the palest yellow or clear. But this isn’t a one-day fix. Drinking enough water keeps your kidneys functioning well, and improves toxicity in the body (a side effect of which is dark under eye circles).
- Steer clear of salty, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, high sugar foods, and alcohol. They’ll add very few essential nutrients and will cause you to retain water.
- A good eye and night cream is essential in the evening: anything rich in hyaluronic acid will boost hydration in the skin, plumping out the skin instead of leaving it saggy and dry.
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- There’s a time for pink-hued eyeshadows, and a tired morning isn’t it. It’ll only bring out the red in your already red eyes. A coloured liner in a shade that closely matches your skin colour will help conceal redness along the eyeline.
- Avoid overdoing the eye area. Too much liner can make eyes appear smaller and wearier. If you wear nothing else, a layer of mascara will open up the eyes and make them pop.