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Look Like a Beauty Without the Sleep – How to Fake a Good Night’s Rest

Posted by Leann Williams on


As we spring ahead again and adjust our internal clocks for Daylight Savings, we must be prepared for those mornings when sleep doesn’t come naturally – a condition known as “Daylight Savings Hangover.” The good news is that there is a way to look refreshed and awake – even if your sleep schedule is in the dumps.

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.

Beauty Tips for Hiding Your Lack of Sleep
Here are practical tips for looking like you got a full night of beauty rest.


Before we start on the makeup tips, let's focus on hydrating the skin. First, wake up the skin 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.

Use Concealer

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.

Apply 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.

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.