We all have those days. A few nights of interrupted sleep, a few weeks of stress, or even just a night where you had one too many strawberry daiquiris (we've all been there) can all leave their naughty marks on our faces. Whether its dull and dry skin, or those tell tale dark rings around our eyes, hiding tiredness is one of those bug bearers that we all want to hide. Here's my quick-fix products for achieving brighter, more wide-awake skin and eyes.
I always find that although it is tempting to go for the full *blam* of a full coverage foundation, not only does it sit heavy on your face, but it feels like a lot more effort than is necessary! I love whacking on this make-up look - it is largely base focused, but that allows you to just look healthy and fresh faced!
So, as I said, this look is very base focused. The Positively Illuminating Cream from Aveeno is one of my favourite products at the moment. It instantly gives my skin a little boost, helping it stay moisturised throughout the day. It works well to even out my skintone and the light diffusers in the skin help hide the dullness that our skin gets when it is tired.
Garnier's BB cream is fantastic because it has all the benefits of other bb creams (better skin, soft texture...) but it has slightly more coverage. I always find that the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is fantastic for blending the bb cream in well into the skin, helping smooth out the flaws and create a nice even base.
Benefit's Ooh La Lift is a great highlighting product. Dotted in a semicircle around the brow bone, it helps add a bit of highlight to the eye area. Whilst this is supposed to go on the under eye area, I find that it adds more when added around the eye - as it lifts the whole area and makes the eyes look a lot more perky!
The part of the eye nearest the nose is always where my dark circles are most prominent. Rimmel's Match Perfection Concealer is great because not only does it conceal but it is also illuminating (seeing a pattern here?!), helping the eyes look more lifted and a lot less tired. It does have a little brush but I find that either a warm ring finger, or the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush blend it in much better, creating a more flawless and blended finish.
Rimmel's Waterproof Kohl in nude is the perfect eyeliner if your eyes are looking tired. Tiredness hits the waterline, making it red and sore. The nude colour creates a nice contrast to the whites of your eyes, making your eyes look wider and less red. I love the fact that it is waterproof too, meaning that it doesn't budge all day.
Shu Uemura eyelash curlers are by far my favourite, and as I mentioned in my review of them, they really help me create a curl on my poker straight lashes! As you can see on the left vs. right image, the left I have mascara and liner on, and the left just liner. I really think that the combination of the two helps me make my eyes look bigger more awake.
MaxFactor's Brightening Mascara is great because it makes the lashes look longer. The light reflecting particles again help to brighten the eye area. I'm not quite sure if it makes my eye colour more exaggerated (as it claims to), but it helps me create a simple, non-clumpy look.
As usual, I stick to my Rimmel Pro Eyebrow Pencil. It's simple and easy and I don't always fancy faffing about with eyeshadow when I'm tired and wanting a quick fix.
When I'm tired and/or hungover my skin always looks a bit dull. NARS Laguna is my magic saviour, helping me create a slimmer face that looks perkier and a lot less dull! If we are talking go-to saviours, Soap and Glory's Glow All Out is such a great product. I love how subtle and shimmery it is, making it a perfect subtle highlight. Both of these products are applied with the Real Techniques Contour Brush, as it is perfect for getting into the contours of the cheekbones and into the curves around the brow bone.
Whilst I might not always go for eyeshadow, I always find that the peachy shade in NARS Modern Love palette is a perfect tired eye shade. Perfectly pigmented, it makes the eyes look wider and brighter without any real effort, especially when blended all over the lid, right down into the tear duct area.
So that's my tired/hungover make-up, I hope you've enjoyed reading about the products that help me banish dry and dull skin in favour of something more illuminated and fresh.
What products help you hide your tiredness?
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