Tips on how to look more awake


"Over the past few weeks sleep has been pretty low on my list of priorities, meaning I've had to work a little harder when it comes to covering that up each day. So today, I thought I'd share with you some of my top tips and makeup hacks to look more awake. Coffee optional."



Sometimes, even the best concealers can't cover those under eye not-so-designer bags, which is when colour correcting comes in. Using a peach-toned corrector, block out any blue/purple tones under the eye to even out the base and brighten the eyes. Then, apply a yellow-toned concealer and banana powder over the top to completely disguise those late nights!



As someone that wears contacts I am all too familiar with the feeling of dry eye balls, and when I don't get enough sleep you can expect them to look red and irritated as well. Sexy, right? To keep my eyes looking fresh and awake no matter what I use the Murine Bright and Moist Eye Drops every single morning before applying my makeup. You can pick them up from both Boots and Superdrug!



This hack is pretty self-explanatory, but it's something a lot of people forget to do if you want to look more awake. I mean, doing this literally opens up your eyes more, and it works a treat whether you decide to wear mascara or not! To make sure they stay curled all day long, try heating up your lash curler to add a little more hold. Just make sure you leave it long enough to not burn your eyes, because ouch.



Okay, so you've gotten rid of those under eye bags and your eyes are the moist-est (?) they've ever been, but you still look like you could do with a nap or seven. Another great tip is to apply a nude liner to the waterline - as this can often look a little red if you're feeling sleepy. White liners work too, but can sometimes look a little too stark and obvious, so stick with something flesh toned to really open those eyes up.



Think of eye contouring exactly how you think about face contouring. You use the darker colours to create shadows, and the light colours to lift, right? So when your eyes aren't looking so lively, focus mainly on light, shimmering highlight shades, as darker shadows can sometimes give a more sunken in look. Apply a bright highlighter to the inner corner of the eyes and voila!



If you do decide on wearing mascara, go for something that holds a curl - or even go ahead and apply falsies if you really want to go all out. To make your eyes look even more open, try directing your mascara wand towards the centre of your face for both your top and bottomm lashes. Again, this will help to lift your lashes and give you a more wide awake look. 

*This post is in collaboration with Murine and The Blogger Programme*