‘Tis the season for late nights, ladies — holiday parties, cramming for finals and waiting up for Santa.
If you’re not getting enough shuteye over the holidays, why not fake a good night’s sleep with a little help from makeup?
Last week in the comments you left some of your favorite tips to disguise dark circles, restore sallow skin and brighten tired eyes — tips like…
1. Line your waterline with white eyeliner
It brightens in a flash of white!
“I find that lighter, more natural eyeshadows with a nice sheen for the lid, white eyeliner for my waterline and MAC’s Select Moisturecover for my undereye circles are really awesome for hiding the fact that I may be running on only a couple hours of sleep.”
“I wear white eyeliner on my waterline (I love Rimmel’s white eyeliner) and add a light colored shadow like MAC Phloof! to the inner corners of my eyes. I also use Rohto eye drops if my eyes are red!”
2. Whip out that lash curler
Two minutes to a wide-awake look!
“I use a light shimmery champagne color on the lids, and I curl my eyelashes! I can’t tell you how much that helps; it just makes me look so much more awake.”
3. Concealer is your BFF
A must for girls burning the midnight oil! A few faves:
“I don’t usually get a lot of sleep, and even when I do I have genetically dark and puffy undereyes, so I always need concealer. I use MAC’s Studio Sculpt.”
“Can’t live without Fresh Concealer! Works to get those circles to disappear.”
“I use Bobbi Brown Concealer under my eyes and the built-in powder underneath to make my eyes seem more open.”
“Aww man, I NEVER get enough sleep. [I use] TimeBalm concealer topped with Boots No. 7 illuminating concealer then crimped lashes and mascara (if I have time.) I know I should do a lot more to wake up my face, but I figure the extra ten minutes of sleep are worth it!”
4. Try a color-correcting concealer
To deal with heavy duty dark circles, start with a layer of a color correcting concealer beneath your regular concealer.
“I use a salmon-colored concealer to first neutralize the blue. Then, I use a concealer a shade or two lighter than my normal skin color to really brighten my eyes.”
- Diana Kim
5. The art of distraction
Use your other features to draw attention away from tired eyes.
“When I’m short on sleep, I play up my top lashes… I’ll also find a fun, bright lip gloss to draw people’s gaze away from my puffy eyes.
“I just use a little mascara and make sure my eyebrows and lips look great. Anything to take away attention from my eyes, period.”
“When I don’t get enough sleep (more often than not lately!) I stick to brighter golden shadows, highlighter on my cheek bones to distract from my dark shadows and lip gloss.”
“I only use mascara on the top lashes. This brings attention to the top of my eye…not the gross black holes under them! ”
- Michelle Mattingly
6. To the kitchen!
Turn to your cupboards and fridge for secret de-puffing tricks.
“I soak two cotton balls in iced camomile tea and leave it on for 5 minutes. Then, [I apply] YSL Touche Eclat on darkest part of dark circles and inner corners, Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer, Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara, a little bit of white eyeshadow in the inner corners/brow bone and finally MAC Russian Red Lipstick to draw attention off my eyes to my lips”
“The ol’ spoons in the freezer trick for my honkin’ no-sleep eye puffiness, a bit of Clean & Clear Eye Brightening Cream (that stuff is da bomb), as well as white eyeliner.”
7. Wear a thin line of eyeliner on your upper lash line
Quick and easy!
“I skip the eyeliner on the bottom lids and instead just use a thin line of black liquid liner on the top. And lighter colors for sure.”
8. Highlight the inner corners of your eyes with white eyeshadow
Let lightening white be your friend.
“I’ll use a white shimmery eyeshadow on the inner corners to make my eyes pop. This does not only make my eyes look bigger, but brighter and more awake as well.”
9. Reach for those glasses
One of my all-time favorite tricks, ha!
“When I look like I didn’t get enough sleep the previous night, I wear my glasses (instead of my contacts). I find that my glasses mask my eyes/face more, so I tend to wear them on my lazy-makeup days. I also put a pink, rosy color on the apples of my cheeks!”
10. Pop on a pink blush
Try a pink blush for a healthy flush.
“The key for me to looking alive and awake is a swirl of dolly-pink blush, like Dior Rose Dragee, and some black gel liner on top lids, and I’m ready to go.”
11. Go for the gold!
White can appear too stark on certain skin tones, but golds and off-whites may work.
I usually apply a wash of MAC Woodwinked (on me this looks like a pale gold) all over my lids, curl my lashes, apply mascara to my upper lashes, and apply Touche Eclat under my eyes and around my nose. My whole eye area looks brighter and more awake after this.
“I use MAC’s fast response eye cream, then swipe their eyeliner in Buttery along the bottom waterline. Since I’m a woman of color, the off-white, creamy color of buttery works better than a stark white liner.
12. Bumpin’ Stila Topaz
This apricot nude liner gets a LOT of love.
I go with light eyeshadow colors and use Stila’s Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz on my waterline.”
“Just a Stila Liner in Topaz, with loads of mascara and just a very thin eyeliner on lids.”
“I use a good undereye concealer and also use Stila Eye Kajal Liner in Topaz to line the waterline and inner corners.”
Here’s to always looking wide awake, refreshed and fully rested over the holidays *raises cup of egg nog*!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,