How to Use Makeup to Look More Awake

By on October 26, 2018, in Beauty Knowledge Center

Everyone experiences a night of sleeplessness once in a while. While it is important to see your doctor if you experience persistent insomnia, it’s usually easy to get back on a regular sleep schedule. Still, getting through the day on inadequate sleep can be a challenge. Recent research shows that even one night of poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mood and reaction times during the day. Tiredness can also take its toll on your face.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to downplay or even conceal signs of a sleepless night: Use these tips and tricks can help you put your best face forward.

Take Care of Your Skin

Taking some extra care with your skincare routine in the morning impacts how you look for the rest of the day. After cleansing, consider the following strategies:

The Teabag Trick

Chances are, you’ve heard of the teabag trick before. Applying cold, wet tea bags to your eyes for just a few minutes feels great and can reduce puffiness.

However, this trick only works if you use the right kind of teabag. Why? The de-puffing effect of teabags is due to the presence of tannic acid and caffeine in green, black or white tea leaves. However, herbal teas, which are not made from the tea plant, may not have such soothing properties. In addition, many flavored teas contain ingredients that can cause irritation. If you don’t have suitable teabags handy, thin slices of cucumber can also work well.

Moisturize Well

A good moisturizer can make fine lines less apparent and your skin look healthier. Don’t forget this essential step before starting to apply your makeup.

Lighten Up on the Foundation

It’s easy to get heavy-handed with your foundation if your skin isn’t looking great. Unfortunately, too much foundation can settle into lines and pores, accentuating the effects of a sleepless night. Consider using a tinted moisturizer, such as Rodial Skin Tint or Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint: These two-in-one products add moisture and a touch of color.

The Eyes Have It

Tiredness shows up in and around your eyes more than anywhere else. The principle of “less is more” also applies to eye makeup: This is not the day for experimenting with your eyeshadow, but there are several application techniques and products that can conceal, lighten, and brighten the eye area.

Concealer: If you’re concerned about dark circles, a little concealer can help. One trick that makeup artists recommend is applying the concealer in an inverted triangle under each eye. This not only covers discoloration, but also adds a bit of lift.

Eyeliner: Heavy black eyeliner does tired eyes no favors. Apply a light brown shade with an even lighter hand. You could also try using Contours Rx COLORSET Jumbo Pencil Primer in the inner corner of each eye for a bit of brightening.

Highlighter: A bit of highlighter under the brow bone can open up and refresh the eye area. Don’t use an ultra shimmery highlighter, which exaggerates lines. Instead, go for something like Rodial Banana Low Lighter which illuminates without being over-the-top.

Do you have any makeup or skincare strategies for when you are low on sleep? Tell us about them in the comments!


  • F DelNegro

    I find sleeping with 2 pillows on a semi upright incline helps to prevent the pillow crush on my face, a few times I have woken up with lines where I squished my face into the pillow! I now sleep with 2 pillows It helps and no puffy eyes for me .

    • Olivia G. Bleeker

      That’s a great suggestion! Thank you so much for sharing!

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