If you stayed up late last night, odds are you're looking and feeling more than a little tired today. The last thing you feel like doing is breaking out a ton of products to look more alive, especially since it would cost you precious minutes of sleep. But don't sacrifice sleeping in! If you want a little coverage, just study up on a few quick ways to apply makeup when you're tired. Looking rested and refreshed (without the effort) just requires a few easy makeup hacks.
Dark circles under your eyes don't have to give your sleep deprivation away — easily brighten and de-puff with a correcting moisturizer that cools your under-eye area. Or to make your complexion glow, give yourself a super speedy facial with a rose mask. Just put it on for five minutes, first thing (while you're still "resting your eyes"), and your skin will look and feel refreshed in no time. And if your skin is looking a little dull, it's simple to warm it up with all-natural pigment on your lips and cheeks.
When you're feeling exhausted, take a break from a complicated makeup routine — opting for simpler, more effective items that let you catch up on some Z's.
Get A Glowy Complexion With Antioxidant Rose
InstaNatural Facial Rose Mask , $28, Amazon
When you wake up in the morning, you probably don't have 30 minutes to give yourself a facial. But if you have five minutes, this rose extract and aloe vera mask can give you beautifully glowing skin. It's a fast-acting brightening mask infused with hyaluronic acid to boost moisture and soothe sleepy skin. Just apply it all over while you grab a cup of coffee and brush your teeth, then rinse it off. If you want even more radiance, apply it before you go to sleep and let it work overnight.
Look More Awake With A Brightening Primer
DuWop Flight Stick, $25, Amazon
Before (or instead of) applying your makeup, use this easy applicator brightening stick to build a bright and lightweight base. The formula instantly makes you look more awake (even if you don't feel like it), while its shimmering finish creates a lit-from-within glow. Caffeine and antioxidant ingredients protect and stimulate your complexion, and because it's formulated for flights, it doesn't cut back when it comes to hydrating skin for a supple touch.
Do Double Duty With Natural Lip & Cheek Tint
HAN Skin Care Natural Cheek and Lip Tint, $14, Amazon
Instead of you doing all the work, why not have your makeup multitask for you? This 100 percent natural color stick has moisturizing shea butter, coconut cream, argan oil, and acai oil to boost your skin's natural radiance. The hibiscus pigment adds a touch of color that's great for most skin tones, which frees you from feeling like you need additional products for a healthy-looking flush. Just dab some onto the apples of your cheeks and your lips for an easily blended, natural wash of color.
Brighten Eyes And Reduce Puffiness With A Nude Liner
Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener, $32, Amazon
When you're sleepy, the inner rims of your eyes can get red and irritated, which could make anyone look exhausted. Fight the redness with a brightener infused with aloe vera, which helps it to actually calm irritated eyes, instead of just gliding over them. Added vitamin E moisturizes, too, to help your eyes not feel so dry and tired. Fans of the brightener say it truly livens up their eyes. One screen-bound user said, "Lessened my tired eyes (I sit in front of the computer all day long) and does have a natural effect of brightening your eyes."
Seamlessly Blend Cream Products with an Oval Brush
Kingstar Bigger Oval Makeup Brush, $10, Amazon
If you'd never dream of skimping on a multistep, layered beauty routine, more power to you! But at least make things easier by outfitting yourself with the tool to do the job quickly and evenly. This oval makeup brush can be worked all over your face to make your cream products look seamless. Users love this brush's soft bristles, which work to create an effortlessly flawless finish. The brush cuts time out of smudging or smearing with sponges and fingers — meaning less time blending and more time resting.
Wake Up Eyes With Caffeinated, Color-Correcting Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Dark Circle Eye Cream, $43, Amazon
Dark circles and under-eye puffiness are telltale signs of a restless night, so combat them both with the under-eye life-saver that works double time — both in its powerful, effective formula and chilled applicator design. The caffeine and brightening pigments fight dark circles so you look wide awake, while the metal applicator soothes and cools your skin as it gently blends the product. It's like a little spa treatment just for your eyes, and it kicks any need for concealer straight to the curb.
Skip Foundation & Swipe on Tinted Botanical Moisturizer Instead
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, $40, Amazon
When you're exhausted, the last thing you want to do is spend all morning perfecting your foundation and concealer. Instead, apply some of this light-coverage, velvet-soft moisturizer with your fingers and be on your way. It has botanicals that invigorate you skin for a brighter complexion, and its matte finish will keep any shiny tendencies at bay. Vitamins A, C, and E moisturize and protect tired skin, so you can look like you already got the rest you'll be catching up on later.
Soothe Face With Calming Rosemary & Mint Mist
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $43, Amazon
When your skin is dry and irritated, a few spritzes of this replenishing herbal mist can bring your complexion back to its usual radiance. This spray is filled with antioxidants like grape and rose extract, which combat damage from UV rays and maintain skin's collagen levels. Rosemary, myrrh, and balm mint essential oils from the mist will boost skin's moisture, too. Reviewers say this minty spray evens out their skin tone, and it works as a great setting spray for makeup, too.
Use a Bronzer Blush For Warmth All Over
theBalm Desert, $19, Amazon
If you're feeling a little pale or under the weather, warm your skin up with a bronzer and blush all-in-one that saves you steps. Because it's two-in one, you just add it to the part of your face the sun would naturally hit — landing you with a long-lasting, just-back-from-the-beach glow. Because it's formulated to be fade-resistant, too, your complexion can look radiant with minimal effort as long as you need it to.
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