Whether you’re recovering from a late night on the town or just struck with a bout of restless sleep, lack of quality zzzz’s can take a big toll on your skin. It’s bad enough already that you don’t feel your best, but at least you don’t have to look it. Here are a few of our favorites tricks for faking that well-rested glow. how to look awake
Soothe: The first step to a fresh face is ditching your under-eye bags. A great eye treatment—such as SkinCeuticals Eye Cream­­—will help the cause, but we also have our own little trick… MDC Tip: Coldness counters puffiness, so stash your eye cream in the fridge for maximum impact.

Curling your lashes will open up sleepy eyes instantly. For even better results, don’t forget to use our eyelash curler tip.

Avoid heavy powder or foundation, which will make tired skin look even duller. Instead reach for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream (we’re currently obsessing over Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream) and don’t forget to touch up dark spots with a brightening highlighter. Our favorite? Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, of course!

Brighten your overall look by applying white eyeliner and bold lipstick to awaken the face. Line the waterline and inner eye with a soft white pencil like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Metallic White and swipe your favorite bright lipstick to complete the look. We’re partial to Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in Pink Fuchsia for a universally flattering option.

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Photo: thinkstock, Yves Saint Laurent, Urban Decay, Josie Maran, Maybelline, SkinCeuticals

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