Wake Up! Beauty Loot That Makes You Look Awake, Even If You Don’t Feel It

Being tired is a drag. Minutes feel like hours, eyelids feel like lead, and lets face it: you look like crap. A good, strong shot of espresso can help alleviate the former, while these face-saving products can help the latter.


 Firstly, if you’re laying your head on your pillow and crashing late knowing your alarm is about to blare in a few short hours, take the preventative measure of suffering from dry, dull skin by using a sleeping mask that’ll hydrate skin and have you waking up with a fresh, plump complexion. Few night creams moisturize better than Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial, which packs in tonnes of beneficial, skin soothing ingredients that work to have your skin glowing somethin’ gorgeous upon waking; even-toned, calm, hydrated and happy skin fakes eight hours like none other. For a double whammy of complexion-enhancing energizer, follow up with Origin’s’ GinZing Engergy Boosting Moisturizer upon rising. Loaded with peppy caffeine and ginseng, your revitalized skin will easily hide last night’s sins.

Before slathering on skin-saving cream, make sure to prep by removing dulling, dead skin cells. Nothing gets the job done quite like the iconic Clarisonic, which features sonic vibrations to blast away impurities six times better than traditional washcloths, meaning drab and dull skin is quickly replaced with glowing, refreshed skin that looks awake. Don’t have a Clarisonic brush? Get one! In the meantime, use a face-saving scrub like Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. This all natural, organic, super-brightening cleanser doesn’t rely on soaps or detergents to clean, but exfoliates with gentle willow bark and apricot seed kernel, which regenerates cells to reveal glowing, healthy looking (and truly feeling!) skin. Rounded off with detoxifying clay properties and hydrating aloe and you’ve got a perfect ten formula, which is delightfully translated onto your face.

After doing your skin some good, a little strategic product placement can make you go from looking good to flawless. Start by lightly luminizing tired skin with a glowy, dewy foundation for an added a shot of radiance, like Nars Sheer Glow foundation.  Sheer yet buildable, this lightweight formula brightens, hydrates and enhances without a detectable trace. Finish by patting on a bit of cream blush, like Yves Saint Laurent’s Crème de Blush, for a naturally healthy pop of colour and people will be asking if you’ve just returned from vacation, not if you’re sick.

Even if your skin looks as fresh as powdered snow and as glowing as the sun, tired eyes can be a dead giveaway and drag down your entire face. Prep and prime with a cooling and soothing eye cream dispensed in a metal roller ball, like Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller. The cool metal instantly aids in de-puffing, while its caffeine and B Vitamin spiked formula smoothes, hydrates and helps diminish dark circles. When you still need a little something extra for stubborn dark shadows, Yves Saint Laurent’s Touché Éclat scores top marks: with one selling every ten seconds world-wide, women everywhere are hiding under-eye secrets better than Fort Knox. Drip a drop or two of Visine in to reduce rest-deprived red eyes for a totally refreshed look, and finish by lining waterlines with a creamy, slightly shimmery white eyeliner – doing so will make now white-whites look bigger, and therefore more awake. Sleep deprived? Maybe, but at least you’ll look as bright as a shooting star.