Look awake without make-up

It’s tempting to slather on layers of make-up when you’re feeling (or looking!) tired; a slick of concealer to banish those dark circles, rosy cheeks and mascara worn on both the top and bottom lashes for that bright eyed and bushy tailed look. But your cosmetics bag shouldn’t be your first port of call when you’re feeling drowsy. There are plenty of other tricks to employ for that fresh faced complexion.

To start with is a piece of advice you won’t want to hear; morning workouts are a quick fix to feeling more awake. We know setting your alarm an hour early sounds like a horrendous idea, but believe us when we say you will feel better for the entire day. With your blood pumping, you’ll both look and feel much more awake.

Next hit the shower. Now be brave, and move the tap on to cold and give yourself an ice-cold blast of fresh water. If you’re not ready to leave the comforts of a hot shower, than just splash your face with cold water after you’ve stepped out.

They say the eyes are the window to your soul, so if your soul is feeling sleepy then your eyes will definitely register this fact. Make those peepers pop with a refreshing eye gel. Simple offer a perfect product for under $10. Their Simple Kind To Eyes Revitalizing Eye Roll-On offers an instant eye detox, cooling skin and gently massaging the delicate eye area. It contains the goodness of Pro-Vitamin B5, Cucumber Extract, Glycerin and Lupin Extract and is gentle on the skin, so is suitable for those with sensitive skin too.

Or if you’re still feeling the pinch from Christmas spending, there’s an even cheaper option; put two spoons in the fridge or freezer overnight, then place them over your eyes in the morning for a minute or two for an instant de-puffing fix.

The next helpful hint is to drink more water. A simple enough tip but one a lot of people conveniently forget when faced with the choice of H2O or a soft drink. Water hydrates your skin from the inside out; and hydrated skin means a healthier complexion. Drinking plenty of water will leave your complexion glowing, meaning you won’t have to reach for heavy foundation.

And lastly choose the right tones for your complexion and eye color for an instant uplifting look. Ask a make-up professional to help you match powders and foundations to your skin tone, so that your make-up flatters your face while giving you a healthy glow.

When it comes to eye shadow, stick to these rules: Blue eyes look great when they’re made up with pale golds, minky browns, brown-greens, warm bronzes and purple shades. Emerald eyes should stick to yellow-toned beiges, dark greens and greys to really bring out those sparkling elements that make others green with envy. Brown eyes can carry off nearly all eye shadow colors, but dark browns and khakis look particularly great. A more reddish-brown will add extra depth too. Black and Asian skin tones look particularly stunning with bright colors.

So there you have it: five easy tips on how to look more awake without piling on the make-up. Put these into effect and see the difference it makes.

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