February 10, 2015

Fake Awake



I'm not sure if the constant switching back and forth of the weather, or the waking up and it still being dark outside is contributing to my insane sleepiness, but lately, I just have been feeling more and more tired, especially in the mornings and the afternoons. No matter how much I sleep, my energy is low, and I have a feeling it's a seasonal thing, but whatever it is, the majority of my drowsiness shows in my eyes.
Even though I'm convinced staying in bed til noon will help, that just cannot happen most of the time, and I have to face the day!
Here are a few of my favorite things to trick everyone, and sometimes myself, that I got a full 8 hours+!

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller


This is something I have been using on and off since high school, and every time I go back to it, I think "Why did I ever stop using this?!'
It's instantly cooling, which wakes up and depuffs your eyes, and the liquid that the rollerball applies under your eyes, is tacky, which sounds weird, but is amazing for right before you apply eye cream or concealer! It's weird how this tiny step can make such a big difference.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in the Brightening Shade

Ever since I started using this eye concealer I can't go back. I have gone through about 3 of these tubes, adjusting based on my skin tone, and have loved every one. I really love the brightening shade, and I feel like it has been perfect when my skin is more fair and my bags are more pronounced. Plus this stuff lasts forever. I love putting it under my eyes in a "V" to brighten, and then just pat in with my ELF flawless concealer brush. If the gimmcky sponge isn't your thing (I honestly feel like I can't go back) then I would recommend any of the other brightening pens by Maybelline or L'oreal at the drugstore... but whether you want to brighten or conceal (or both!) this stuff is really good.

NYX Wonder Pencil

These flesh tones pencils are very versatile. You can use them to cover spots or blemishes, under the brow bone as a defining highlight, or in my personal favorite way, on the lower water line.
Think "mod" with the white liner, but in a much more natural color.
These pencils are so skin-toned, people will notice you look more awake, without it being too obvious. This is also great if you suffer from red or irritated eyes in the morning. This will cancel out any redness on your water line!

A Highlighting Eyeshadow in your Inner Corner (tear duct area)

Place a bright colored (think light yellow, cream, or white) matte shadow in your inner corner and drag in a little bit on your lower lash line, and you have the easiest and one of the most brightening ways to look awake.
Avoid a shimmery shade here if you are feeling extra tired, for shimmers make that part of your eye "come forward" while mattes more so, push back the puffy areas and make them less noticeable. Save the shimmer for a night out, though! Here I am using the color Strange from my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.

If all else fails, a bright lip color!

Oldest trick in the book, distract away from where you look most tired! Wearing a bright lip color not only distracts, but it really does brighten up your while face, and keeps your lips from looking too nude and pale. Here I am using the Revlon Colorstay Mositure Stain in London Posh, because it brightens and stains, so it stays on much longer. Any kind of lip color will do, but when you're feeling extra drowsy, the brighter the better!

I hope this helps you all stay (or look) awake out there!
What are you favorite trips to fake a great night's sleep?
xx Mollie

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