Nobody ever wants to hear "You look tired." We all know that’s code for, "Yeah … you look like s@#$." When you spend time primping and putting on makeup the last thing you want is to look like you’re running on two hours of sleep. What's the point of spending the energy (and not to mention, the money) if it's just going to make you look tired? Sometimes we make simple makeup missteps that end up working against us, not for us. So we've pulled together the most common mistakes that make us look worn out — and tips on how to avoid making them. Because who wants to look exhausted when you don't actually even feel it? Nobody.
#1. Not Moisturizing Properly:
Dry, parched skin doesn't make a very good canvas. If you skip this essential moisturizing step and jump straight to applying makeup, you'll wind up aging yourself. In addition to using a moisturizer every morning, try throwing in a hydrating serum, as well. And pay special attention to the spots where you dry out the fastest: for example, around your nostril area (especially during cold season). Give extra love to these regions to keep your skin supple and healthy.
Too little foundation can sometimes make you look tired, but too much foundation can make you look downright exhausted. If you overdo it on the foundation front your skin will look cakey. Plus, it'll make fine lines appear more prominent. To avoid this, use a blending sponge (not your fingers!) for flawless and even application — and make sure to clean and replace your tools regularly.
Bright eyes are the key to looking awake. If you're using concealer that is too light or too dark, then the product will not do its job. Oftentimes, we apply concealer in the early morning before there is any natural light, so make sure you are in a well-lit room when applying it. Pro tip: You can also dab a bit of white eye shadow or highlighter on the inner corner of your eyes to look extra fresh.
Washed out, sallow skin is tired skin. You always want your cheeks to have a dewy flush of color. A cheek tint is the perfect way to get a natural hint of color and it will help you look bright and awake.
#5. Dark Lip Liner:
The number one rule of lip liner is to make sure that the liner is not darker than your lip color. If it's darker, it will look harsh and accentuate the lighter portion of the mouth so it looks pale and lifeless. This is one of the fastest ways to make you look tired. Make sure your liner matches your lipstick and apply a lip primer first for seamless application.
#6. Not Enough Touch-Ups:
Even if you do a perfect job of applying your makeup in the morning, by the end of the day product has an annoying habit of smudging and fading. Always keep a compact mirror and a pack of oil-blotting sheets in your purse for mid-day touch-ups. A small bottle of a hydrating face spray is also great to keep on hand. Just spritz it over your makeup for a quick pick-me-up.