Life in the maximum city can be pretty rough, especially on our REM cycles. Between stress, anxiety, insomnia, long work hours, and the drinks required to keep the former at bay, you might often find yourself desperately trying not to doze off at your keyboard in the middle of the day. And – don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss – it’s okay if you do.
But just because you feel like hell warmed up, doesn’t mean you need to look it.
Until counting sheep starts to help with your sleep, we’ve put together the perfect makeup hack routine for the sleepless in the Subcontinent.
Here’s a complied list of best beauty products along with fab makeup beauty tips that’ll help you to get rid of dull face instantly!
1. MAKE IT RAIN
You might not want to tell anyone you’re half-dead, but your skin definitely will – because while you were depriving yourself of shut-eye, you were also depriving your skin of the essential hydration that tells you apart from the deceased. So, first things first – hydration! We personally prefer gel-based moisturizers when we’re layering makeup, and lately, we’re loving the ultra-light but uber-hydrating Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Antioxidant Olive will help repair damage, while Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerine will replenish and retain all the moisture (and hours of sleep) you lost.
2. GLOW UP
When your skin’s looking less like the Sahara, get ready for a glow up. We’re not ones for adding a hundred products to your makeup routine, but you haven’t given us much of a choice, have you? To put a pin in that sleep-deprived dullness, dial up your routine with a strobe cream that gives your base the boost it requires. The good thing about M.A.C’s Strobe Cream
is that it doubles up as primer, with pearlescent, Green-Tea-infused pigments that will bring that dull, flat skin right back to life.
3. ERASE AND REWIND
Now: how to hide your baggage 101. If you’re packing dark circles, eye bags and puffiness that would get you charged an excess fee at the airport, you’re going to need a corrector palette. If you have a light to medium skin tone, use the peach tone in the Nykaa SKINgenius Conceal & Correct Palette - Correct & Contour under your eyes; if you’re duskier, use the red.
When you’re done cancelling out the darkness, go in with a brightening liquid concealer like Flower Beauty’s Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer
. Here’s the catch though: if your eyes are doing a ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’, brightening the puffiness will only attract attention to it. In this case, don’t pile concealer on to the puffy bit – conceal the darkness in the crease under it instead. A perfect makeup tip for tired face.
4. FRESH FACE FORWARD
Okay so, prepare yourself to have your mind blown with what we’re about to say: Skip. The. Foundation.
That’s right. Say vamanos
, throw it in the trash, pay your respects. Why? Because putting foundation on a parched face is like slapping paint on a cracked wall – it ain’t gonna do squat. If you have blemishes or pigmentation on the rest of your face, just go in again with concealer and let the rest of your skin breathe.
5. A SOLUTION FOR SORE EYES
Can barely keep your eyes open? There’s simple tricks that’ll give your unassuming colleagues the illusion of absolute attention at that early-morning meeting. Instead of black kajal on your lower lash line (which will make them appear even smaller), use a flesh-toned liner like Yves Rocher’s Botanical Color Eye Pencil in Bale Nude
– this will give your peepers a doe-eyed appearance even if you’re dying on the inside.
6. COLOR ME AWAKE
We don’t have to tell you that insufficient REM sucks the living color out of your skin, leaving it sallow and lifeless. Until the blood starts pumping properly again, quit that crypt-keeper look with a touch of Ruby’s Organics’ Crème Blush in Poppy Pink
. This makeup to look less tired is a favorite because it helps fake the natural, rosy flush you would’ve had, had you clocked in some more hours on the pillow.
7. THE TROJAN POUT
If all your ‘look alive’ efforts so far have failed your eyes, your best strategy is subterfuge. Distract and conquer with a statement pout that’ll make it tough for anyone to look anywhere else. If your lips are dry, go in with a balm before you layer on some lipstick in bright red or pink. Not only will no one notice that you’re rocking slits for eyes, the color will also work to lift your complexion.
8. SPRITZ, REFRESH, RESET
Just because you did the groundwork, doesn't mean the day won't undo it. Tired skin has less defenses against heat, pollution and dryness, which means your makeup won't have the might to last 'round the clock. So last but not the least, carry a little pick-me-up to keep you refreshed during the day. Kama Ayurveda’s Pure Rose Water
fits neatly in your bag and will give your skin a quick, double dose of hydration whenever you require it.
Now go forth, be fabulous and get sh** done. And get some sleep, for Christ’s sake!