6 tricks to look awake when you’re really not

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6 tricks to look awake when you’re really not
09 Jun 2017

6 tricks to look awake when you’re really not

We’ve all had sleepless nights — whether its caused by an extra cup of coffee in the day or an urgent need to binge-watch every new series on Netflix. 

And unfortunately, the first signs of sleep deprivation shows up on the one place we don’t want it to: Our face.

If you want to avoid being told you look tired for the millionth time, we’ve got you. In the gallery above, find all our tips on how to look fresh and well-rested when you really, truly aren’t.

The battle is half-won with an amazing concealer on hand. Find the best options to shop here before you find out the right way to apply your concealer.

This story originally appeared on ELLE.sg, Toggle’s sister site and the Singapore edition of the world’s biggest-selling fashion magazine.

Get chilly
05 Jun 2017

Get chilly

There’s no faster way to let your skin (and brain) know it’s time to wake up than with a refreshing, cold splash.

Besides washing your face with cold water, get rid of sleepy eyes by popping two spoons into the freezer. Once the spoons are chilled, apply the cold spoons over your eyes, curve-side in, to reduce puffiness.

Do damage control with extra nourishment
05 Jun 2017

Do damage control with extra nourishment

A lack of sleep can wreak havoc on skin, resulting in spots and dryness. If you’ve had a sleepless night, treat your skin to the TLC it deserves the morning after by double-cleansing and applying a lightweight yet nourishing moisturiser or serum

Also, try products with green tea or caffeine. Both ingredients soothe inflammation and reduce puffiness to give your skin the kickstart it needs.

Try: Sephora Collection Green Tea Invisilk Mask, $4.

Illuminate skin from within
05 Jun 2017

Illuminate skin from within

Not getting enough Zs can make skin look dull. Add radiance to skin by applying highlighter before your foundation for a lit-from-within glow (it’s makeup artist-approved!).

Try: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $29.

Open your eyes
05 Jun 2017

Open your eyes

Save the smoky eye for another day — dark, heavy shadows can make your dark eye circles even more apparent. Brighten the eyes by lining your waterline with a skin coloured eye pencil, popping lighter shade on the inner corners of the eye, before you curl your lashes and add mascara

Try: Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color in Angel, $29, and, and Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara, $21.

Hide your bags
05 Jun 2017

Hide your bags

Dark eye circles are a pain. To effectively conceal them, take a moment to look at the discolouration. If it’s reddish, use a concealer with a yellow base to tone it down. If it’s bluish-grayish, use a warm peachy colour corrector to neutralise the cool tone. Find out more on how to truly cover up dark eye circles with makeup artist Larry Yeo’s full guide here.

Try: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer, $50.

Sweep on some blush
05 Jun 2017

Sweep on some blush

Add some life back into your cheeks by sweeping on a natural, warm blush colour

Try: Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia, $26.


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