Fake it till you wake up

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Fake it till you wake upSay ‘nite-nite’ to dark circles and dull, tired skin. BeautyHeaven let’s us in on the secrets to faking a good night’s sleep.

It can be hard to get the recommended eight hours of beauty sleep we need each night, but just because you left that deadline to the last minute or stayed up a little past your bedtime doesn’t mean you have to show it. Here are a few simple steps to leave you looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed so that your friends, family and colleagues are none the wiser.

1. If you can handle it – start with a cold shower (or lukewarm at least). Not only will it make you feel more awake, it also stimulates blood circulation through the body. If you’re stuck for time, be sure to still splash your face with cold water and use a mild brightening exfoliating scrub to help reduce dullness and puffiness.

2. Your eyes are the telltale sign of a serious lack of sleep. Applying a cooling eye cream each morning can reduce puffiness and dark circles. Alternatively, a quick fix to mask dark circles is to use a concealer slightly lighter than your skin tone. Tip: ensure it’s a creamy, light-reflective formula for that extra brightening boost.

3. To avoid the appearance of dull skin, mix some illuminating cream into a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser to add a bit of a glow to your complexion. A heavy formula will accentuate fine lines and flaws, and can leave you looking washed out.

4. Use an eyelash curler to open up your eyes, try to avoid a thick, volumising mascara and opt for a curling, lengthening one instead. Applying eye shadow can draw unwanted attention to your tired eyes – instead, apply a hint of shimmer cream in the hollow of the inner corners of your eyes for a revived and refreshed look.

5. Finish your look by faking a natural flush by sweeping a cream blush on to the highest point of the apples of your cheeks and blending. Adding a hint of colour to your cheeks will prevent you from looking drained and also deflect any hints of darkness and puffiness.

Written by Lauren, this article originally appeared on BeautyHeaven.

Image: Ariwasabi/Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. AndreaM

    Good tips for those short nights.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Cold showers in winter do not sound appealing.. It will be luke warm for me! But I do splash cold water on my face after cleansing.

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Very handy tips, with the strict exclusion of the cold shower (would rather look a little drained than torture myself)!

    5 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    Thanks for the tips, I have really abnormal sleeping patterns and it tends to show on my face.

    6 years ago •

  1. Ra’eesa

    The lighter concealer works to brighten up dark circles. Use a yellow toned concealer,really helps.
    Try Dermacolour’s corrector wheel from Kryolan.

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I can’t stand a cold shower. a cooling eye cream sounds better

    6 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    Great article – will definitely be taking some tips from this. Been exhausted lately and in serious need of a holiday….which I can only take in 3 months because I just started a new job…sigh!

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I hate cold showers!!!! Any season…but I like swimming… thanks for the article :D

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Just what we needed…fake it till you wake up!

    6 years ago •

  1. APB

    Cream blush and eye brightener concealer works for me!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Cool water keeps the pores of your skin more or less closed during the shower so you don’t absorb as much of the chemicals in the water or the scary chemicals in today’s soaps and shampoos

    6 years ago •

  1. Charne

    Great article Megan. Will try them, not too sure about the cold shower tough. LOL

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    The cooling eye cream is the best for those puffy dark circles, i carry it in my purse religiously.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Nice tips. I also splash my face about 10 times with ice cold water….

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Can’t live without my exfoliater!

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Fab tips. A great tip for applying blusher is to put your head upside down and check where your natural ‘flush’ is and apply to that area. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    great tips and i cant tolerate cold shower but few splashes of cold cold water just wakes and brightens the face.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    the only trick I knew was eyelash curler.

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Also white eye liner make your eyes look more awake

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Ahaha nice article.
    In addition, massaging the face when applying the moisturizing or eben while washing with cleanser really helps.. In asia people dont generally dont spend on high end beauty product/skincare but rather spend quality time on their skin to achieve healthy glowing and to die for porcelain skin.

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    The cold shower in the summer works, not in winter!

    6 years ago •

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