As I can imagine, a lot of you (myself included) struggle to get your full 8 hours of sleep each night. Whether it be a hectic work schedule, mamma duties or you’ve been led astray on an impromptu night out with an early start the next day, this post is for you!!
INCLUDE A GOOD EYE CREAM IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Eye cream is definitely one of the most important but under used beauty products.
The skin around the eye area is not only 50% thinner than the rest of the face, it is the area that ages first and tiredness takes its toll in the form of dark circles or puffiness – therefore our eye area is always in need of some extra TLC to keep us looking fresh faced!
Concerned with puffiness? Opt for a lightweight hydrating eye cream for a hydrated, brighter looking eye area.
TIP: If you are suffering with puffiness keep your eye cream in the fridge before application. This will create a cooling effect and help boost circulation once applied.
Concerned with dark circles or ageing? You will want to invest in more of an advanced eye treatment. You could go for a repairing eye balm or an eye serum. These products have more active ingredients that can smooth and repair the eye area.
TIP: Massage your eye cream into your skin in a clockwise motion to tighten skin and prevent ageing, or anti clockwise to decongest and prevent puffiness.
USE AN UNDER EYE CONCEALER
This is the first makeup product you should apply to your face in the morning!
Under eye concealer works wonders by brightening up the under eye instantly and diminishing dark circles. Unfortunately, using your foundation under your eyes just isn’t going to cut it.
You want to choose a shade that is roughly 2 shades lighter than your foundation shade. As the eye area is naturally darker we need something brighter than our foundation in colour to give us the lift we need to disguise those tired eyes.
TIP: Avoid using the same formula of concealer on your under eye as you would on any blemishes. A blemish needs something full coverage and mattifying where as the under eye needs a much more creamier, lightweight texture so it doesn’t settle into our fine lines.
BRIGHTEN YOUR EYELIDS
Not only do our under eyes suffer when we are tired, our eye lids struggle just as much. Now we have hydrated and brightened the under eye, our next step is brightening our eyelids.
I love using a cream shadow! They give more coverage than powder and you don’t need to use a brush, just fingers to blend.
Go for a neutral shadow that is slightly brighter than your skin. I like to opt for a base that has a yellow undertone to counteract any redness making me instantly look more awake!!. I love ‘Vanilla’ (matte) or ‘Truffle’ (illuminating) cream shadow sticks, they are my go to shadow products when I have tired looking eyes.
TIP: Avoid Mauve/Plum toned shadows, as it can enhance tired looking eyes.
APPLY LINER TO THE TOP LASH LINE
This is a ‘must’ when creating brighter eyes. Adding definition to your top lash line not only makes your eyes look bigger, the contrast in colour makes our eyes look whiter (just what we need!!).
I love to use black for maximum contrast, but if you suffer with red eyes, blue works wonders to make the whites of your eyes stand out.
Unsure of what liner formula to use? Have a read of my post on “Which eyeliner formula is most suitable for you?”
TIP: Avoid lining your lower lash line and wearing too much mascara on your lower lashes as this can accentuate those dark circles.
DON’T FORGET YOUR BROWS
How can eyebrows make you look less tired?! A little brow product instantly lifts the brow bone making our eyes look more open and lifted. Enhance the arch of your brow for added lift.
If you like a natural looking brow opt for a brow powder or gel. Pencil is great for a bolder more defined brow.
I will be sharing everything brows in my “How to create the perfect brow” post next weekend.
I hope you have picked up a trick or two to fake that 8 hours sleep!