December 20, 2016

7 Tips to Help You Look More Awake When You're Actually Exhausted

You won't have to hit snooze if following these tips.

How to Look More Awake When You’re Actually Exhausted

Written by Julie Weinstein

Well, holiday parties are certainly in full swing over here! In fact, this post couldn’t come more in handy than at this very moment, as our fabulous Carrie hosted quite the soiree last night, which went into the wee hours of the morning.

As much as we all love a good party with friends, family, good music, great food, and flowing drinks, the morning after tends to be less than ideal. When I was in college, I could go seven nights in a row with barely any sleep and function perfectly fine the next day. However, these days, it’s an entirely different ballgame. In fact, after just one night out it’s pretty rough for me.

With all that being said, as adults we have responsibilities that we still have to tend to even when all we want to do is stay in bed the entire day. We have work, meetings, appointments, places to be. And unfortunately a holiday party is not an excuse for missing a deadline or arriving late somewhere.

This is why we’ve pulled together what we feel are some of the very best, tried and true tips and tricks on how to look (and hopefully feel!) more awake EVEN when you’re utterly exhausted. We didn’t necessarily make any of these up, but they certainly work, and we wanted to share them with all of you.

7 Tips to Help You Look More Awake When You’re Actually Exhausted

1. Ice Cold Water is Your Face’s Best Friend

We’ve probably all heard that rubbing ice on your face is extremely beneficial for various reasons. It improves circulation, great for reducing puffiness around your eyes, helps fight blemishes; quite literally, it wakes up your skin. Well, we like taking it a step further. Rather than just rubbing an ice cube on your skin or splashing your face, treat your entire face to an ice bath. Fill a bowl with cold water, add ice cubes, and put your face into said bowl for up to 30 seconds 3-4 times. Not only will this wake you up, but your skin will feel and look significantly tighter and brighter almost immediately.

2. Prep with Spoons

Yes, really. Grab a couple spoons before you head out for the evening, and place them in the freezer (if you forget that night, you can also do this in the morning, as the spoons don’t need too long to get to the desired cold temperature). The next morning, go grab those freezing cold spoons, and put one on each eye. You’ll make circular motions with them until the spoons are no longer as cold. Within minutes (seriously), you’ll notice your dark circles will practically be gone and your puffy eyes will go down a great deal.

3. Hydrating Mist to the Rescue

Do you own a hydrating mist? If not, this is something you always want to have on hand (and not JUST when you’re feeling the aftermath of a night out). Personally, I love rose water mist, but there are so many great ones out there. Spray this when you wake up, again before you head out the door, and I’d even throw it in your purse to use throughout the day. It’ll give you an instant refresh and boost.

4. Don’t Skimp on the Moisturizer

You should already be moisturizing every day and night. However, moisturizing the morning after a late night is of utmost importance. Don’t just use one pump of your trusty moisturizer; your skin is begging for hydration the morning after lots of drinking, eating, and very little sleep. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! This is also something I’d throw in my bag to use throughout the day.

5. Play with White Eyeshadow and Liner

This is something you can really do at any time, as white eyeshadow/liner will instantly make your eyes look brighter. And this is certainly something you want to do when you’re feeling tired or under the weather. Put white liner on your waterline and/or use a dab of white/pale eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes. Your eyes will look whiter, brighter, and no one in the office will know you only slept two hours last night!

6. Go Light on the Makeup

You might want to go crazy with your makeup, as to try to cover up the tiredness in your face. However, it’s actually wise to go light on the makeup. Of course, concealer is your BFF right now, and you want to use some foundation, bronzer, blush, highlighter, all the usual suspects. You just don’t want to overdo it, as it might actually make your troublesome spots stand out more. And this is especially the case for lips. You might think going for red or something bold will detract from everything else going on, but in fact, a dark lip will actually bring out those dark circles under your eyes even more. Thus, go for a more neutral lip.

7. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

This is a MUST, and it’s likely something you already do. Drink lots of water throughout the day leading up to the night of the party, and continue drinking it in between your cocktails. And, most importantly, drink a large glass before bed (with some Advil, too, if needed!). Once you wake up, drink a large glass again, and continue doing so throughout the day. You should be drinking tons of water all the time, but especially when you’re going to be drinking and eating more than normal.

Some Favorite Products

Below you’ll find some great products, not just for the morning after, but all year long.

One More Thing

Have you been busy with holiday parties? What are your tips and tricks for looking and feeling more awake the morning after? We’d LOVE to hear in the comments below! Happy Holidays!

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