As a mom of 5, I have to say I have been blessed with little ones who sleep 8 plus hours, but that doesn’t mean I get that much sleep. Ha! I wish. Usually when the house is quiet, I will do all of my catching-up: getting things ready for school the next day, constantly responding to email, writing, etc. I swear I do my best work at night and get the most done when everyone else is snoring.
I will say I’ve pulled plenty of all-nighters, even though my bedtime is between 2-3AM with a call time of around 5-6AM. Sometimes I go back to sleep when my husband leaves for work until I get my oldest on the bus; other times, I don’t! So sleep is slim for me. I’ve always been more of a night owl anyway. But over the years, I’ve learned how to fake the I got a full eight hours of sleep look.
Check out my 7 best tips for looking well rested…even when you’re not:
Fix puffy eyes…the old school way! 1 of 7Cucumbers and tea bags should be your best friends. If you don't have cucumbers around, soak two tea bags (I always go for green tea) over your eyes and let them cool. Within about 15-20 minutes, you should see a difference in your no-sleep puffy eyes.
Try: World Market Organic Jasmine Pearls Green Tea, $5.99
Photo credit: World Market
Put some color on your face. 2 of 7If I don't have time to put on any make-up, my golden rule is lip gloss or lipstick. Putting on a little color to your bare face instantly makes you look put together. If you're feeling like you need a little more color, go for the bronzer! Add a dash on you're forehead, cheeks and chin. Just remember, don't go overboard or else it will look like you're trying to hard.
Try: MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss, $20.00
Photo credit: Macy's
Say NO to caffeine. 3 of 7As crazy as it sounds, stay away from caffeine when you're sleep deprived. Believe me, I've learned my lesson. Caffeine on top of sleep deprivation can be the worst mix! Instead reach for a bottle of water or fresh fruit.
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Slab on the eye cream! 4 of 7I instantly feel refreshed when I dab on under-eye cream. Those little bottles can work miracles when you've had no sleep.
Try: Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes, $52.00
Photo credit: Goldfaden MD
Brighten up those eyes! 5 of 7When it comes to eye make-up, think light and flesh colored. Using a eye-brightening liner for a wide awake effect works wonders!
Try: Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener, $19.00
Photo credit: Sephora
Use the eye lash curler. 6 of 7Add a few coats of lengthening mascara and no one will be looking at your dark circles.
Try: LancÃ´me Le Curler, $23.00
Photo credit: Sephora
Make dry shampoo your BFF. 7 of 7No time to wash your hair? I strongly suggest getting to know dry shampoo! If you throw your hair up or don't have time to do your hair, you will look even MORE tired and LESS put together. Head over to Coconut Robot and check out Kacia's amazing dry shampoo round-up if you need help choosing one. It really helped me!
Photo credit: Coconut Robot
Go ahead — fake a good night’s sleep! I’d love to hear what tips you have, too!