- 11 Things To Do In the Morning To Look More Awake, According To Science
- 1. Smell A Lemon
- 2. Go For A Run
- 3. Use Some Eye Drops
- 4. Take A Cold Shower
- 5. Apply Under Eye Cream
- 6. Splash Cold Water On Your Face
- 7. Call Your Mom
- 8. Wear Yellow
- 9. Drink A Ton Of Water
- 10. Relax With Some Tea
- 11. Try A Breathing Technique
- Splash cold water on your face
- Fight skin problems with an exfoliant and toner
- Use a moisturizer for dryness
- Take a walk
- Sit up straight
- Cool your under-eye bags
- MORE: How To Figure Out What Colors Look Best on Your Skin Tone
- 7 Clever Ways To Look Well Rested When You Really Spent The Night Tossing & Turning
- 1. Reduce Red Eye With Moisturizing Drops
- 2. Deflate Under Eye Puffiness With A Cold Spoon
- 3. Take A Cold Shower
- 4. Add A Little Moisture To Your Morning Routine
- 5. Wash Your Face With A Green Tea Towel
- 6. Go Easy On The Makeup
- 7. Use A Brightening Concealer For A Bit Of Pop
- Press, Glide and Massage
- Conceal the Rest
- 6 Easy Ways To Look More Awake In The Morning When You Feel Exhausted On The Inside
11 Things To Do In the Morning To Look More Awake, According To Science
There you are, standing in the bathroom and looking groggily into the mirror. You just woke up, and it is obvious. A tired reflection shines back at you revealing a sallow complexion, puffy under eyes, and skin that has seen better days. And in that moment, you resolve to figure out ways to look more awake.
Of course this is way easier said than done, especially if you feel as tired as you look. That’s where a big cup of coffee can come in handy, as well as a few energy shots. One of these tactics will hopefully help you to perk up, and feel a bit more able to get through the day.
Unfortunately, though, all the energy shots in the world don’t do much for visible signs of tiredness. You know, the ones that totally call you out for your lack of sleep — puffy eyes, redness, aforementioned sallowness. Not only do they make you look a bit too much like a zombie, but they can also make you feel like one, too. Personally, if I catch a glimpse of my haggard expression, my last bit of energy drains away instantly, and I’m ready for a nap.
That’s why the below tips are kind of necessary. Check them out for ways to look (and even feel) way more awake.
1. Smell A Lemon
I know, it may sound strange, but the scent of citrus really does have some pretty amazing powers. According to an article on Sleep.org, “… the smell of the fruits can boost your body’s production of serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel happy. They also reduce levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine, so you’ll wake up but still feel calm.” The goal of course being to feel awake, and then (hopefully) look awake.
2. Go For A Run
The idea may fill you with dread, but a morning run really is where it’s at when it comes to looking (and feeling) more awake. As Dr. Tina M. St. John said on AZCentral.com, “During sleep, your brain activity and metabolism slow. The gradual increase in alertness that follows awakening requires increased metabolic activity in your brain cells. Going for a morning run helps boost your mental focus and alertness by increasing blood flow to your brain.” In short, you’ll feel much more invigorated.
3. Use Some Eye Drops
Bloodshot eyes are not a great look — especially when you’re trying to appear well-rested. So do yourself a favor and get some eye drops. They will cure your redness with a decongestant called tetrahydrozoline, according to WebMD.com. It works by temporarily narrowing the blood vessels in the eye, thus making you fit for a day out in public.
4. Take A Cold Shower
OK, so you don’t have to freeze yourself the entire time. But do spend the last 30 seconds of your shower blasting cold water. As Phil Dumontet said on Entrepreneur, “When exposed to cold water, our arteries and veins constrict. This temporary tightening allows blood to flow at a higher pressure, which is great for cardiovascular health.” The cold may even help clear up depression, according to a 2008 study. At the very least, your blood will be pumping, and your skin will appear as refreshed as ever.
5. Apply Under Eye Cream
When it comes to appearing more awake, the number one spot that will give you away are tired, puffy eyes. So the trick is to use an eye cream that contains caffeine, which will reduce under eye puffiness by increasing lymphatic drainage, and helping to the tighten the skin, according to Aryen Jackson-Cannady on WebMD. Roll some on, and hopefully your puffiness will be taken down a notch.
6. Splash Cold Water On Your Face
If the above cold shower idea was too much for you, then give this tip a try. Simply fill your sink with cold water, add some ice cubes (yes, ice cubes), and get to splashing your face. As Dawn Wilder said on HuffingontPost.com, “It instantly tightens pores and shrinks little capillaries, making your skin appear more even. Plus, it makes you feel more awake, which will definitely affect the way you look.”
7. Call Your Mom
Anything you can do to de-stress in the morning is definitely going to help you feel more alert, and thus more awake. So take a second to talk to someone encouraging, like your mama. In fact, research suggests merely phoning your mother could help decrease feelings of stress, according to Kate Bratskier on HuffingtonPost.com. Give it a try, and see if you don’t feel more peppy.
8. Wear Yellow
It’s no surprising that some colors are more energizing than others. If you tend to dress in all black, then get ready to look a bit more tired. Yellow, on the other hand, can trick people into think you’re more awake than you actually are. That’s because we associate yellow with light, warmth, and energy, according to Sleep.org. But I get that yellow isn’t for everyone. When that’s the case, put some sunny objects near your bed. Seeing them first thing in the morning may help wake you up.
9. Drink A Ton Of Water
Looking a little tired? It may be time to down some water. As Julee Wilson said on HuffingtonPost.com, “Dehydration is one of the worst offenders when it comes to looking tired. Skin looks gray or sallow and wrinkles become more prominent when you haven’t had enough water. To plump up your cells, simply increase your water intake. Aim for eight glasses per day.”
10. Relax With Some Tea
Go ahead and drink some tea, and then consider putting the bags on your tired, tired face. In fact, plan ahead, and put some chamomile tea bags in the fridge the night before. “In the morning, place the chilled tea bags over your puffy lids and under-eyes for 10 minutes. Since chamomile has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it’ll help reduce swelling and repair damaged cells,” said Alexandra Duron on Prevention.
11. Try A Breathing Technique
It may be possible to liven up your face a bit with some simple breathing called Pranayama. According got Duron, “Pranayama, a breathing technique straight from the yoga studio, can help refresh your face … The practice boosts circulation, moving the blood that stagnates in the body during sleep.” All you do is breathe in one nostril and then out the other. Here’s a more detailed how-to.
And just like that, you’ll be lookin’ fresh, and ready to face the day.
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I’m a terrible sleeper.
Light wakes me up, as does any passing car outside my apartment. I fall asleep usually after an hour contorting in bed, trying to find that ideal sleeping position (which I’m confident doesn’t exist). I’m always tired during the day, despite drinking at least four coffees.
On more than one occasion in college, I have feigned being awake by keeping one eye open and maintaining constant eye contact with my professor, while letting the other eye rest (and alternating).
In other words, I am well-practiced at trying to look awake, when I’m most definitely not. If you’re struggling to avoid yawning during a meeting or keeping both eyes open in front of the computer, here are some tips on looking (and feeling) awake right when you need it most.
Splash cold water on your face
Cold water can tighten your pores, make your skin look more even, and give the appearance of looking a little more awake.
Similarly, taking an ice cold shower in the morning has been shown to reduce stress, increase circulation, and help you feel more awake. Regularly drinking water, too, can help keep you stay alert, as dehydration can lead to fatigue.
Fight skin problems with an exfoliant and toner
When you’re sleep deprived, you’re likely to find an oil build-up on your skin (you’re also more likely to get acne, too). Fight both problems with a good exfoliant, which will help clean off dead skin on your face, as GQ recommends. Afterward, use a toner which gets rid of any excess oil, so you’ll look a little more like a normal, presentable person at the office.
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Use a moisturizer for dryness
In order to avoid dryness or flakiness, use a good moisturizer (ideally, a light-weight, unscented one). This will help combat some dark spots or unevenness on your face after a long night. Look for non-comedogenic, oil-free ones so you won’t break out (I’ve been there and it’s not pleasant). It doesn’t have to be an expensive brand either, as a number of drug stores sell good, cheap options.
Take a walk
Instead of struggling at your desk, take a short, five-minute walk around the office every hour. This can improve your mood, reduce tiredness, and may even help kick any hunger pangs. It will also get your heart rate up, bring a little color back to your face, and sustain you for at least a little while longer. It’ll also prove to your colleagues that you can still stand upright! Exposure to sunlight, too, has shown to improve work performance, so get outside if you can, or by a window.
Sit up straight
Sometimes, all you need to look more awake is to think more awake. It sounds simple enough but improving your posture by sitting up straight and keeping your feet on the ground is a good tactic to getting through the day. You’re forcing yourself to stay in position and stay alert (it’s also shown to be a mood and productivity-booster). When you’re too comfortable slouching and all, you’ll want to nod off, so when in doubt, think straight.
Cool your under-eye bags
If you’re desperate to hide those under-eye bags, try cooling them down using an ice pack or cold spoons for at least 20 minutes. This can reduce the swelling of blood vessels under your eyes (which gives the appearance of tiredness). Under-eye bags are often an inherited trait, so while you may never rid yourself of them permanently, it’ll help improve their appearance.
If all else fails (and you have a room available), take a power nap. Nothing beats sleep when it comes to looking more awake. A nap can have immediate benefits for learning, memory, and performance, but whatever you do, limit it to 30 minutes. Any longer and you may risk feeling groggier than ever (and who wants that?).
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MORE: How To Figure Out What Colors Look Best on Your Skin Tone
We all know the seemingly endless beauty tricks to employ when it comes to looking rested—use an eye cream with caffeine, dab a shimmery pale shadow in the inner corner of your eyes, apply mascara on your top and bottom lashes, don’t forget blush and bronzer—but there are also other measures you can take to ensure you look more awake without using makeup. Read on for 12 tips that really work!
1. Get moving first thing in the a.m.
As dreadful as it can be to wake up an hour or two early to hit the gym, it actually works. Think of it this way: Morning exercise wakes your organs, your bones, and your muscles after a long slumber, which sends a “we’re up!” message to your brain. It also gets your blood pumping, giving you a rosy, healthy, awake-looking glow.
Don’t belong to a gym? Try following a 15-minute workout in the morning from YouTube, or pledge to run, bike, or speed-walk around your block a few times before getting dressed for work.
2. Wear color—but it has to be the right color.
Super-drowsy mornings are not the time to reach for neutrals. Black won’t do you any fresh-faced favors, as it can cast dark shadows on your face, while the wrong shade of white will make you look washed out. Instead, it’s key to choose a color that will flatter your skin tone and give you a healthy flush. Choosing the wrong color, though, can actually make you look more tired. Here’s a quick breakdown, and click here for a handy chart.
3. Use ice-cold water. Or spoons.
Splashing your face with ice-cold water as you get up shocks your brain, and opens up your eyes. If you’re brave enough, you can also try turning your shower knob to the coldest setting for 10 seconds before getting out (which will also give your hair some extra shine—bonus!) If you’re really dedicated, place two spoons on the fridge or freezer the night before and lay them over your eyes in the morning for a cooling, de-puffing fix.
4. Grab earrings.
The right pair of statement earrings—generally those with soft-colored stones or gems like mint, emerald, turquoise, or amethyst—can reflect beautifully onto your skin and eyes, giving you a more awake visage. Plus, they’ll take away unwanted attention from those tired eyes.
5. Drink as much water as you can during the day.
It’s not rocket science: If plants—which are living things—wilt without water, we will too. Try keeping a large water bottle at your desk throughout the day and refilling it each time you’re done. Water hydrates our organs and our brain, so we’ll not only feel more awake, but look it, too. Plus, all those trips to the water cooler (and the bathroom!) will keep you moving.
6. Put down the cell phone at night.
According to researchers at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, those of us who spent two hours using a device backlit with LED display—such as an iPhone or iPad—had a corresponding dip in melatonin levels. Melatonin, as you probably know, is the chemical that induces sleep, so decreased levels means you’ll have a harder time zonking out.
7. And practice the 20/20/20 rule all day.
If you stare at a computer all day with no breaks (we’re totally guilty), try practicing the 20/20/20 rule, which doctors say reduces eye strain and redness: Take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.
8. Eat (or smell!) a grapefruit. Or an orange. Or a lemon.
Whereas white-flour and sugar-laden foods will drag you way down in the morning, citrus fruits pick you up, as they’re packed with vitamin C, and can increase energy and alertness. Not a fan of eating citrus? Simply smelling it can trick your brain and shake up your senses (yes, lemon-scented body wash counts!)
9. Wear dark sunglasses.
If you wake up feeling—and looking— groggier than usual, be sure to grab a pair of dark-lensed shades. This isn’t only to hide puffy, bloodshot eyes, but it also prevents your eyes from squinting, tearing, and swelling as a result of the bright light outside. (Note: Oftentimes UV rays are stronger on overcast days, so keep that in mind.)
10. Get an allergy test.
If you often wake up with tired, puffy, watery eyes and sallow skin, hidden allergies can be a culprit. Getting tested could revela an aversion to seasonal things like pollen, which can make eyes perpetually tired-looking. (Interesting ideas: If you think you’re allergic to pollen, try laying off hair gel, serum, and other hair products which act as “pollen magnets” during the height of allergy season, and wear a cool hat while commuting to and from work to stop pollen from settling on top of your head.
11. Do some DIY accupressure.
Some say full-on acupuncture can work as an antidote to lethargy, but it takes time and money. A quick fix? DIY accupressure. Try pinching the point between your thumb and forefinger to give you a quick energy boost.
12. Use eye drops, but sparingly.
Unless they’re prescribed by a doctor, over-the-counter eye drops shouldn’t be used as a daily method (they can irritate the eyes more, if used long-term), but on those days that you’re seriously zonked and your eyes show it, a few drops in each can help remove redness and puffiness.
7 Clever Ways To Look Well Rested When You Really Spent The Night Tossing & Turning
What time did you wake up this morning? Better yet, what time did you fall asleep last night? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you should always be striving to clock in around six to eight hours of shut eye per night, but if you really can’t meet this quota despite your best efforts, there are tons of clever ways to look well rested in the morning. Trust me, I get it. Once upon a time, it didn’t matter how late you stayed up gossiping with your roommates, or scrolling through memes on Tumblr; you could snooze until noon to make up for it. Then adult life happened, a dark cloud rolled over your circadian rhythm, and “sleeping in” meant waking up at 8 a.m.; crawling into bed before midnight was a victory. It’s a sad reality, but what doesn’t kill you only makes you more resourceful.
There are going to be mornings when you roll out of bed, stumble over to the bathroom sink, only to find that, when you look into the mirror, the image reflecting back at you is rough. Beautiful, of course, but rough. That’s life sometimes, and rest assured we’ve all been there: bags under your eyes that are far from designer (more like a busted knock-off), red finger-shaped imprints on your left cheek, hair pieces flying every which way to complete the look. I wish I could tell you your soul won’t feel as black as your morning coffee on days like these, but I’d be lying. The good news is, you can fake yourself awake by looking the part.
Whether you’re super pressed for time (damn snooze button tempting you to push it five times in a row), or have a solid hour to spare before you have to get dressed for the day, don’t sweat the exhaustion aesthetic. Over the years, women have mastered the art of looking wide awake when, really, they feel anything but, and here are a few fool-proof tricks to help you look your best even if you’re not feeling it.
1. Reduce Red Eye With Moisturizing Drops
Your eyes are supposedly the windows to your soul. So if you can muster a good poker face, everyone will be left guessing what’s going on inside your mind. Unfortunately even the most aloof glare isn’t powerful enough to conceal the oh-so-visible bloodshot eyes you’re sporting. Obviously inflamed pupils could be caused by a number of things, but rosy eyes are one of the most visible signs you didn’t clock in the recommended six to eight hours of snooze time.
According to Health, your eyes might turn red after a night of restlessness for two reasons: First, when eyes are wide open for long periods of time, the surface of your eye starts to dry up, causing irritation and redness. It could also be a direct result of your eye not getting enough oxygen, causing blood vessels to dilate and appear red on the surface.
Luckily, there’s a quick fix. Chris Brantner, certified sleep science coach and founder of SleepZoo, suggests heading over to your local drugstore and picking up a bottle of moisturizing eyedrops to lubricate the eye and reduce irritation. “Eyedrops are life savers,” he tells Elite Daily. “Use them throughout the day and not only will your eyes look more clear, but you’ll feel better too.”
2. Deflate Under Eye Puffiness With A Cold Spoon
A long time ago I was told that in order to shrink a hickey, freezing a spoon and pressing it against the mark would eventually erase the colors altogether. This, my friends, does not work. What does work is using cold, metal spoons as a compress over puffy eyes to reduce the the swelling.
Per Cosmopolitan UK’s instruction, if there isn’t enough time to get your utensils nice and frosty, running the cupped end under cold water should suffice. Either way, the chill will constrict blood vessels and, as a result, reduce what I like to call eye bloat.
3. Take A Cold Shower
I realize how absolutely miserable this might sound at 5:30 a.m., but taking a cold shower kills two birds with one stone: Not only will you feel more awake (jarred, but awake nonetheless), you’ll look it, too. According to The/Thirty, warm showers actually do little for you in the early morning because when you’re trying to rise and shine, steamy water temps cause your body temp to rise and dip the second you step out of the bathroom.
That sudden spike and fall actually makes you feel even more tired, which is why Brantner tells Elite Daily taking a cold shower before the day starts is going to be more beneficial, especially when you’re exhausted. “It’s not fun, but it can jar you awake,” he says, adding cold showers can potentially “brighten your skin and tighten your pores.”
4. Add A Little Moisture To Your Morning Routine
Before gulping down a gallon of coffee to wake up your mind, your skin could benefit from a little caffeine, too. According to Julie Fredrickson, makeup artist and founder of Stowaway Cosmetics, your first order of business post-shower should be to moisturize your skin, and if you look as exhausted as you feel, then brightening formulas are going to be your best friend.
“If you have a Vitamin C moisturizer or serum use it now, but anything formulated with caffeine works great as well,” she tells Elite Daily. “Just make sure anything you apply fully dries before applying eye makeup” to ensure your skin can correctly, and efficiently absorb the nutrients it needs to look it’s best.
5. Wash Your Face With A Green Tea Towel
Fair warning if you haven’t experienced this kind of night already: There are going to be times where, not only will you struggle to fall asleep until 4 a.m., you’ll sleep through your alarm, too. In that case, times is of the essence, and a full shower before work or class might not be an viable option. Instead of panicking, prepare beforehand.
Fredrickson tells Elite Daily to combat complexion puff after a night of tossing and turning, she always has frozen green tea ice cubes at the ready to go. “The first thing I do grab an ice cube, wet down a wash cloth and rub it all over my face. The combination of the soothing antioxidants and caffeine really makes a difference.”
6. Go Easy On The Makeup
You certainly don’t have to put on makeup to look ah-mazing despite exhaustion taking its toll on your complexion, but if you don’t feel comfortable heading out the door sans even the tiniest bit of mascara, Fredrickson would like to remind you that less is always more.
“If your eyes are really tired, less is more when it comes to mascara and eyeshadow,” she tells Elite Daily. “Go with mattes that are close to your natural eyelid color with a hit of a brighter color on the middle lid and under your brows.” With this speedy routine you’ll feel a little better, look amazing, and be on time for work. I’d consider that a win.
7. Use A Brightening Concealer For A Bit Of Pop
Personally, I was never a huge fan of brightening concealers up until recently. The idea confused me; why would I want to dab a bunch of brightening cream over the shadowy areas I’d like to draw the focus away from?
Here’s how it works: Brightening concealer dulls down the darkness, and gives your under eye area, T-zone, and even your Cupid’s bow a really pretty glow that illuminates your entire look for the better. My personal favorite, should you need a recommendation, is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer that yields 24-hour coverage, is available in 18 shades, combats the darkest of discolorations, and gives your skin a beautiful pop.
Press, Glide and Massage
To firm and tone flagging skin, Louise uses her Facial Freeze Tools ($120) — contoured metal “spoons” that she glides from the center of the forehead down to the ears, and then from the brows to the temples, repeating each movement ten times per side. She finishes by moving her tool along the bottom of the eye from the temple to the corner of the nose, all of which activates the lymphatic system to “greatly drain away puffy eyes,” she says. Stiles and Adams, meanwhile, favor rose-quartz face rollers, such as Jenny Patinkin’s Rose on Rose Face Roller ($38), to massage bare skin or work in creams, serums and oils; Adams is partial to Sonäge’s collagen-building Luster Eye Crème ($38) while Bellis recommends Joëlle Ciocco’s Eyelisse ($108), with orange blossom essence “to soothe and tighten.”
Conceal the Rest
For the most stubborn dark circles and patches of dry skin, Stiles pats on a dual concealer-illuminator like Tatcha’s The Pearl ($48), which “bounces back and reflects light,” she says (or try Beautycounter’s Touchup Skin Concealer Pen, $33). Next, she employs a diversion tactic and brushes up brows with Surratt Beauty’s Expressioniste Brow Pomade ($25), noting that “a good brow lifts the entire face.” For extra measure, she swipes cheeks with Kosas’s 8th Muse ($34), a cream blush and highlighter that’s “an instant pick-me-up” for a healthy, rested glow.
Ah, the holidays! Late nights and libations, dinners that turn into dance-offs… All of which is very jolly, of course, but can also leave us looking a bit worse for wear. To breeze through the back-to-back shindigs in style, we asked pros for top tips on how to fake it. From skin care tricks that rev up radiance to make up hacks that hide a multitude of sins, here’s how to look your best even when you’re not feeling your best.
In the weeks before
Like an athlete gearing up for competition season, you want to make sure you’re ready for what’s coming. That means boosting luminosity long before you hand out the first hostess gift. Make sure you’re removing dulling dead cells regularly with retinol or glycolic acid, says Dr. Sonya Cook of Toronto’s Compass Dermatology. “If you want a no-recovery-time treatment, you could do microdermabrasion, which gives skin a nice glow and helps makeup go on really nicely,” she says. Concerned about dark circles? “If you have volume loss , filler is something that can help to even out that area and reflect the light better, making you look more refreshed.” But because there’s a risk of bruising or swelling, make sure not to book the procedure too close to a big event.
After the party
You’ve just come home from a magical evening and can’t wait to slip under the covers, but not so fast! Going to bed with your makeup on will only make your skin look worse tomorrow. “No matter how tired you are, you want to cleanse your skin properly,” says Cook. “You could use micellar water or wipes, but those aren’t quite as good as an old-fashioned cleanser and water. They’re better than nothing, though. That’s for sure!” You’ll also want to double up on moisture, especially if you’ve had a few drinks. “Alcohol dehydrates you and makes your skin look more dull, so you want to apply a hydrating serum like a hyaluronic acid and then a really nice moisturizer. Having a humidifier in your bedroom can also help. It keeps the humidity at a good level during skin’s nightly repair process.”
The morning after
You’re probably tired and parched. Maybe it feels like the Little Drummer Boy has moved into your skull, pa-rum-pum-pum-ing away on your forehead. We unfortunately can’t help with that, but we can tell you how to mitigate the damage on the outside. First off, you’ll want to tackle the eyes, usually a dead giveaway. “I always recommend keeping eye cream in the fridge,” says Cook. “The coolness will constrict the blood vessels and freshen up the skin.” Makeup artist Mary Phillips, whose clients include Jennifer Lopez, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, also swears by all things cool. “I love a jade roller, I’ll even put it in ice for a bit to get it nice and cold if is a little puffy.” Phillips also keeps allergy-relief eye drops in her kit to banish any redness. After that, it’s once again all about moisture, with both experts recommending a hydrating serum and face cream to give skin a dewy look.
For your next appearance
Maybe you have an early brunch or another party or, worse, you have to go to work. That’s when makeup comes in. Phillips, who’s famed for bestowing clients with a celestial glow, swears by luminous foundations and strategic highlighting. (The Nudestix ambassador cites the brand’s Nudies in Hey Honey as her fave glow-getter.) “You want to think of where the light is going to hit your face like the top of the cheekbones, on the brow bone and on the Cupid’s bow.” If you’re dealing with blueish dark circles, colour correct them (use pale peach for fair skin, an orangey hue for medium skin and red for dark skin) before applying concealer. You can also use a lighter concealer in the hollow of an undereye bag and a darker one on the raised part, to make it look flatter. “I also find adding blush to the apples of the cheeks always makes my clients feel better,” says Phillips. When all else fails, consider a little trickery. “You can direct attention away from tired eyes with a dark brown lip or a glittery one. Just be careful with red lipstick since it can bring out redness in the eyes. And add more lashes; why not!”
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6 Easy Ways To Look More Awake In The Morning When You Feel Exhausted On The Inside
“Drinking a large glass of water in the morning can help your skin look hydrated and fresh,” Grieve tells Elite Daily. “Then drink a smoothie, which just offers a jolt of nutrients to your body and will keep you looking and feeling refreshed.”
2. Get You A Face Wash That Benefits Your Skin Morning AND Night
Dr. Oracle A-Thera Cleansing Foam, $23, Soko Glam
Regardless of whether or not you choose to put on makeup before you leave the house, Charlotte Cho, a skincare expert, esthetician, and co-founder of Soko Glam, highly recommends using a double-duty cleansing foam both in the morning and at night.
“In the p.m., it gently cleanses the oil-based impurities and pollutants that can clog pores and cause premature aging,” Cho tells Elite Daily. “In the a.m., it cleanses away products that do not get absorbed and the oil you produce while you’re sleeping.”
3. Give Your Skin A Good Spritz
MISSHA First Treatment Essence Mist, $35, Soko Glam
Cho suggests using a nice facial mist during your morning skincare routine, and she says it doesn’t hurt to bring this bad boy along with you during the day, as well.
Spritzing your face in the morning and every few hours, she tells Elite Daily, will keep you feeling refreshed, and it’ll improve the brightness and elasticity of your skin.
4. Dab On Just A Touch Of Eye Cream
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream, $19, Walmart
According to Diane Elizabeth of Skin Care Ox, “our eyes play a huge factor in how tired or awake we look in the morning.” She tells Elite Daily that “lack of sleep, poor circulation, or just plain dryness can cause our eyes to look dark and puffy in the morning.” To combat that, she says “using a moisturizing and brightening eye cream at night can make a huge difference.”
Cho recommends applying this collagen eye cream from Soko Glam in both the morning and in the evening. “That delicate eye area holds so much expression that you need to moisturize to give that area ample elasticity to emote!” she says.
5. Get Your Blood Moving
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Yoga teacher Claire Grieve also suggests getting your blood moving with a quick morning workout and some stress-relieving breathing exercises.
“Do a detoxifying and energizing yoga flow,” she tells Elite Daily, not just because it’ll make you look more awake, but also because it’ll make you feel a whole lot better before you leave the house for the day.
6. Wear Something That Makes You Feel Incredible
According to image consultant and fashion designer Eva Barrios, you can easily look more awake than you feel by wearing brighter colors, as well as some chunky, eye-catching jewelry. “This distracts and excites the eye,” Barrios tells Elite Daily, so people won’t even know how sleep-deprived you feel on the inside.
With these helpful morning hacks, no one will know you spent the whole night counting sheep (or trying to, at least).