Look like you got eight hours of sleep (even when you didn’t).
Dog-tired and done for the week after pulling one too many all-nighters in the office – with the added “bonus” of having the pasty and puffy complexion to show for it? Get back on track with the following recharging and revitalising tricks you need to nail a visibly vibrant visage:
Go half a shade lighter for your base
Try: The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation ($39.90)
When you’re distressed and drained out, you want all the glowiness you can get. For days like these, gun for a luminescent liquid foundation – a comforting cushion compact makes for a compelling choice, too – that’s skewed pink and about half a hue paler than your true skin tone. The pearlescent pigments will permeate your fatigued face with a dewy “day” glow – sort of like having a steady stream of sunlight trained on your face 24/7.
Cover up with champagne
Try: Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation/Concealer ($128, Tangs)
Your blinking baby blues are the windows to your soul – and an unforgiving reflection of your accelerated age. Stave off signs of sagging and bagging by slapping on a creamy concealer – a sprightly salmon-ey shade is your best bet for cancelling out the dullness of dark circles. (Also Read: Easy Tips to Apply Blusher So You’ll Have a Natural, Rosy Glow)
Hit the sweet spot with a highlighter
Try: Make Up For Ever Star Lit Liquid in 02 Pink Beige ($44, Sephora)
An on-the-go luminiser is a principal prerequisite for panda-eyed people. Simply brush on a thin layer (and go one shade lighter in this instance) over strategic areas of your face – the nose bridge and under the eyes; a dot or two on your cupid’s bow for poutier puckers; then finish off with a dab in the middle of your chin.
The gleam and glimmer as light falls on your face will mask fatigue and imbue your mien with a lit-from-within luminosity that’s very intriguing indeed – you’ll look artfully refreshed, as if you’d just indulged in a lunchtime laser or a discreet doctor’s tune-up.
Direct attention away from your peepers
Try: Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer in 04 Ripe Pop ($35, Tangs)
Excelling at the craft of concealment is much like being well, Sofia Coppola or Quentin Tarantino. How so? Think of yourself as a cinematographer and your face as the frame – the key is in knowing where to direct your audience’s attention – and the best way to distract from the pouches under your peepers is with a bright burst of punchy pigment on your puckers. (Also Read: 9 Tinted Lip Treatments for Super Soft and Pretty Lips)
What colour to choose? I for one am absolutely obsessed with orange lippies, which inject an instant dose of invigoration when worn judiciously as an accent shade on your smackers. The versatile yellow-red spectrum it straddles affords you an expansive wonderland of warm to cool hues to play around with – just be sure to layer on a moisturising balm under your colour to circumvent creases and crinkles, especially if you’re mulling over a matte makeover.
Right, then. You’re all ready to “face” the day. Bookmark this story and try out these beauty best practices today. Good luck!
A version of this story originally appeared in www.herworldplus.com.