A few simple makeup tricks—from eye brightening tips to concealer secrets—can perk up your face, no matter how late you were up last night
Brighten Your Skin
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Lend your skin the hint of the luminosity it needs with Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint SPF 30 ($69; perriconemd.com). This antioxidant-rich formula instantly evens out your complexion so skin looks healthy and radiant. (For more skin perfectors, check out The Best Face Masks for Every Skin Condition.)
Make Eyes Look Bigger
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Here’s a subtle way to make your eyes look instantly bigger: Rim your bottom waterline with nude pencil eyeliner, like Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes ($19; sephora.com). It also neutralizes any dreaded redness in your eyes.
Pump Up Your Brows
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Full, brushed-up brows make you look instantly polished. First, fill in unevenness with one end of Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Precise Shaping Pencil ($8; ulta.com), then brush the hairs upward with the other. (And don’t miss 4 Steps to Achieve Taylor Swift’s Fuller Brow Look!)
Change Your Eye Color
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In a totally new and unexpected way to fake wide awake, eye enhancement contacts Acuvue 1-Day Define Contact Lenses ($75; acuvue.com) feature light-effect patterns around the iris to make the whites of your eyes look brighter. (Bonus: defining your iris may also make you more attractive, according to this study.)
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Nothing screams “tired” quite like puffiness. Enter Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Depuffing Eye-Cubes ($50; sephora.com). These revolutionary single-use pouches have utilized the classic frozen cucumber approach to ease swollen under eyes—without the trip to the grocery store!
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So you didn’t clock in your full eight hours of sleep…it happens. To get rid of those sleep-deprived bloodshot eyes, put in a few drops of Visine Original Redness Relief ($5; drugstores) when you wake up. No one will know the difference!
Cover Up Dark Circles
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Dark circles are a dead give-away of a sleepless night. Instead of covering them up with your regular concealer, look for one with light-reflecting particles (like Diorskin Star Concealer, $36; sephora.com) that will simultaneously brighten too.
Widen Eyes with Mascara
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Pin-straight (or short) lashes can make your eyes look smaller, so widen them up with a few coats of superblack mascara. Our go-to: Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara ($32; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com).
Highlight Your Inner Eyes
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Sweep on a shimmery, lightly colored shadow at the inner corners of your eyes (near your tear ducts) to counter the darkness that usually comes with sleeplessness. We especially like the subtly iridescent like Covergirl Eye Enhancers in Bedazzle Biscotti ($3.50; drugstores).
Add Some Lash Extensions
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Apply a few individual lashes of Ardell Duralash Flare Medium Black ($3; ulta.com) to the outer corners of your eyes to give them an instant pick-me-up. Or, try another wide-awake technique that’s booming the beauty industry: bottom eyelash extensions, says Ramona Azcona, co-owner of She Winks Lash Studio in NYC. When the after-effect means Twiggy-inspired doe eyes for up to three weeks, we can dig it.