Along with parenthood come one-too-many sleepless nights. Aside from the usual consequences (exhaustion, inability to concentrate, sluggishness), not sleeping enough can wreak havoc on your appearance. For some mysterious reason, this happens to moms in particular. Most men seem to be immune or somehow manage to look fine even with a newborn at home.
In case too many people look at you with a bit of pity in their eyes and sneak in a “You look tired,” comment, I have a few tips. No, I don’t have a cure for under-eye dark circles or a recipe to get your little one to sleep through the night, but you can improve the appearance of those shadows that make you look tired.
Here’s how to fake a good night’s sleep, even if your baby kept you awake all night long. Like mine used to do.
Aside from applying concealer (but not tons), there are a few makeup tricks:
- If you want to wear eyeshadow, avoid shimmery or dark hues. It’s much better and fresher to use a matte, light neutral shade like an eggshell or light peach tone. Shimmer just calls attention to the area.
- Curl your lashes to instantly “open” your eyes and apply one coat of mascara. Dark navy blue mascara will also help counteract irritated and bloodshot eyes.
- To show a healthy flush instead of an exhausted pallor, apply a matte bronzer with a big brush. Then smile and apply a pink or peachy rose blush to the apples of your cheeks. It really brightens up your entire face.
More ways to look well-rested and hide your dark circles
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A little goes a long way 1 of 7Don't think that you need to pile on layer upon layer of makeup. Even out your skin tone, apply some mascara and you're good to go. If you have extra time, apply matte bronzer and a pink or peachy-pink blush on the apples of your cheeks.
First, depuff 2 of 7Use a special gel or cream to decrease puffiness in your eye area or place chilled cucumbers on your eyes for a few minutes.
Conceal 3 of 7In general, yellow-based concealers tend to work best at hiding dark circles. Apply with a light hand, or else the concealer will settle on your fine lines. Don't choose a color that's too light or else it will call more attention to your dark circles. Some concealers pack double punch by including moisturizers and SPF.
Navy blue is the new black 4 of 7To bring out the white in your eyes, try a blue eye pencil.
Nude tones work for the eye 5 of 7A flesh-toned pencil if applied inside the lower rim of your eye can open and brighten your look.
Curl to lift 6 of 7By using an eyelash curler, you immediately lift your lashes and "open" your eye. However, proceed with caution: the last thing you want to do is pinch your eyelid because you're so tired that you can't coordinate well your movements.
When all fails… 7 of 7Just wear your favorite pair of sunglasses and hide your dark circles.
If only feeling awake was as easy to fake… I guess that’s why caffeine exists.
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