7 Makeup Tips for Looking Refreshed (When You're Actually Exhausted)


Ugh, Mondays, am I right? Pulling yourself out of bed is hard and looking not exhausted is even harder. Rather than wishing the day away and pressing snooze yet again,В there are few things you can do-with makeup you probably already own-to look like youВ woke up refreshed and properly pampered. Even though, let's face it, you probably didn't. No judgment here, only easy-to-follow advice.

Below, we compiled the best tips we could find to turn your makeup bag into an arsenal of resources to treat, cover, and de-puff. Armed with the proper tricks and products, you'll leave the house looking bright-eyed, even before your first cup of coffee.

1. Mix Eye Cream With Tinted Moisturizer

Clinique All About Eyes $33Shop

Dab your favorite eye cream (we suggest a cooling, de-puffing option like Clinique's All About Eyes ($33) around your orbital bone. While it still feels dewy to the touch, brush on a sheer wash of tinted moisturizer around your eye, over your lid, and along your lash line. This way, you'll be treating your fatigue while also covering any darkness or imperfections.В

2. Use Sheer Shadow Instead of Liner

LancГґme Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Smoldering Cocoa $22Shop

Rather than lining your lower lash line, which can make your eyes look smaller, sweep a sheer layer of light brown shadowВ along your lashes instead. It's an easy trick to making your eyes look wider, while also hiding any creases in your concealer.

3. Balance out Dark Circles With Peach Concealer

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer $28Shop

Use a peach-toned concealerВ (rather than your usual lighter shade) to balance out the blues in your under-eye bags. Starting at the corners of each eye, tap on the product to make a V shape-with the point landing right above your cheekbones. Then, blend.

4. Don't Use Black Eyeliner

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Bronze Beam $12Shop

Rather than your go-to black, opt for a brown eyeliner with a hint of shimmer. The color will reflect light against your eyes and make them look so much more awake. TryВ Pixi's Endless Silky Eye Pen ($12) in Bronze Beam, and smudge it along your lash line as well asВ halfway through yourВ bottom waterline for an instant wake-up call.

5. Curl Your Lashes

Face Stockholm Lash Curler $16Shop

Celebrity makeup artist Kira Nasrat says of curling your lashes, "It really takes five seconds (or less) and many people tend to skip this step. It's like a bra for your eyes. Plus, most people who curl their lashes end up using less mascara, which means more natural-looking lashes."

6. Line Your Eyes With a Nude Pencil

Wander Beauty Secret Weapon Multitasking Pencil $23Shop

Take a pale pink or nude pencil, like Wander Beauty'sВ Secret Weapon Multitasking PencilВ ($23)В and line your bottom waterline-it'll openВ immediately make the whites of your eyes look whiter, brighter, and your entire face more awake.

7. Blend Luminzer With Your Foundation

Becca First Light Filter Face Primer $39Shop

Use a ratio of one part luminizer and two parts face makeupВ to immediately brighten lackluster skin. It'll refresh your complextion in mere seconds. Becca's First Light Filter Face Primer ($39) uses translucent, cool violet pigment mixed with spring water and prickly pear flower to hydrate, revive, and scatter soft light across your face. It's basically magic for your tired, possibly hungover face.