How to Use Makeup To Look More Awake

I am a busy person. I have a job, I have a blog, I have second job writing beauty posts for Babble (let’s face it, that probably doesn’t count as a job), I have an amazing 3-year-old and a husband I love to spend time with each day. There really aren’t enough hours in the day to squeeze it all in, and when you add in my overnight phone calls from work and the pregnancy associated 3 a.m. bathroom breaks, I don’t get a lot of sleep; which makes me a typical mom.

I would love to get a little more beauty sleep each night, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Instead, I rely on makeup to help me look awake and more “normal” each day. The most obvious step is a little concealer on any under eye circles, but there are a lot of little hints that can make that concealer look more natural, open up your eyes, and maybe tone down your circles a little bit more.


Tired? Tips Beyond Concealer, Lots of Concealer 1 of 10

I asked professional makeup artists for their favorite makeup tips to look more awake! Some of these tips might surprise you. Yes, they did suggest orange concealer.

Image: Terence S Jones via Flickr
Consider Color Correction 2 of 10

If your circles are very pigmented, rather than just piling on more concealer will give you a more natural look. "I can't leave the house without it! Opt for a color a little more peachy, this will help with dark circles. Orange for darker skin," explains Elaina Badro.

Bonus Tip: If you're intimidated by the green concealer, check out my post on Color Correction 101.

FACE Stockholm Corrective Concealer, $26 each

Not Just Concealer 3 of 10

"Using a highlighting product under your eyes like YSL Touche Eclat or Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener really makes a difference," says Sheila Arkee, who also blogs at The Painted Ladies. The light hitting your under eye area will be diffused, helping to disguise bags and circles.

Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener $20
Yves Saint Laurent Touché Eclat $41

Erase the Evidence 4 of 10

"The best way to look more awake with makeup (which I do every morning - I'm completely zombified unless I have two cups or coffee and use this technique) is to use a liquid concealer, one shade lighter than your usual concealer, right under your eyes," confesses celebrity makeup artist Meg Raiano.

"You only need a small dab, and I like to use a wide brush in circular motions to apply evenly to cover up those little baggies."

Bonus Tip: I've found that applying that concealer roughly in a triangle shape (and sneaking it up into your inner eye), rather than the typical arc under the eye gives a more natural look. Check out more of my favorite concealer tips.

Explore Other Areas 5 of 10

"A dab of concealer above your eyebrow helps create a beautiful subtle lift," says Sheila Arkee, who also blogs at The Painted Ladies.

CoverGirl truBlend FixStick Concealer $7.99

Nude Eyeliner 6 of 10

"Although the tip to add a pearl-like color to the inside corner of the eye is a great one, I actually prefer to tightline and apply to the waterline a nude, matte color for daytime," explains Regina Ventimiglia.

"My two favorite formulas are both water resistant and they are Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream and Rimmel London Scandal Eyes in Nude. At night time, I'll use the same trick but change the color to PowerSurge by MAC. I have yet to meet a client that doesn't look great with PowerSurge!"

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 HR Eyeshadow Pencil, Almond Cream $6.49
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, Nude $4.49
MAC Eye Kohl, PowerSurge $16

A Subtle Change in Eye Liner 7 of 10

Instead of reaching for your usual black or brown liner, this small change can really make your eyes pop! "Blackest black mascara applied to an eye lined with a navy or indigo liner will brighten the color and whites of eyes," explains Dimitri James founder of Skinn Cosmetics.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, Deep Blue $4.49
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Eyeliner, Perfect Navy $18
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Black Navy $24

Don't Just Line Your Eyes 8 of 10

Most of us just line our eyes quickly with a pencil and call it done. But Gabriel DeSantino says you should take the extra step of smudging. "Avoid hard lines around the eyes, instead smudge the pencil or line eyes with shadow." This blurred line will diffuse your eye area and can make bags less obvious.

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Brush $1

Bigger Eyes 9 of 10

Makeup artist Kim Porter loves "mascara focusing on the outer corners of lashes." This doe eyed effect can really open up your eyes.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara $8.99

A Pop of Color 10 of 10

"Pink and brighter shades of pink lip stick or gloss instantly brightens a tired face," says Dimitri James founder of Skinn Cosmetics.

Image: The James Kendall via Flickr


Read more from Christine on Babble and her blog, 15 Minute Beauty. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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