Beauty Hacks to Fake a Good Night's Sleep

19 June 2016

We've all been there and had a bad night's sleep, whether that's down to late night studying, giving in to the next episode(s) of a series after midnight or just being unable to switch off. So for those mornings when you need to look awake, here are some beauty tips and tricks to make it look like you got your solid eight hours in...

Invest in a Good Eye Cream: To reduce the appearance of tired eyes, I'd definitely recommend in investing in a good cream to counteract under-eye puffiness and dark circles. The Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream costs £20, which definitely isn't easy on a student's wallet, but this formula has really worked to brighten up my peepers. Although the directions advise to apply this in the AM, I find it to be more effective using it before I go to bed, avoiding the puffiness and dark circles in the morning if I know I won't be getting much shut-eye that night. 

Brightening and/or Colour Correcting Concealer: To cover up any under-eye baggage, I tend to opt for Bourjois' Healthy Mix Concealer as I notice this to be a lot glowier than other concealers on the high street. I apply this a triangle under my eye before patting and blending it in with a makeup sponge. When tired, I've also noticed my cheeks to be rather red and recently purchased the Soap and Glory Kick Ass All is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer to colour correct this under my foundation and I'm loving it so far. 

White/Nude Eyeliner: This beauty hack has been around for a while, but applying white/nude eyeliner to the lower waterline can make your eyes appear wider, more open and cancel out redness caused by tiredness. My favourite for this is the Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil in White as I feel it makes my eyes pop a lot more than a nude shade and I'll smudge this within the inner corner of my eyes too to add to the faux wide eye effect. 

Pile on the Highlighter: Feeling tired can be reflected in a dull complexion, and so I'll apply a bit more highlighter on than usual in the morning after a bad night's sleep. I'll swirl the Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm highlighter along the tops of my cheeks, brow bone, just under my cheekbone contour, down my nose and lightly dust it in the inner corners of my eyes. On the apples on my cheeks I'll opt for  Soap and Glory's Love at First Blush as it's super glowy too. I'll also go easy on the bronzer and contouring that morning to make sure the look is more glowing than defined. 

If all else fails, distract them with a bright lippy: To divert attention away from any under-eye darkness or puffiness or dull skin, a brightly coloured lipstick is the perfect distraction - especially an orange-toned red shade. My favourite all time lipstick is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, it's food and drink-proof, applies smoothly, creamily and evenly and lasts pretty much all day. It's also a beautiful shade that makes your teeth look whiter, what more could you want from a lippy after a bad night's sleep?

What beauty hacks do you use to fake a good night's sleep? Do you use any of these tricks?
C x


  1. That Origins cream looks amazing! I think I always look tired, so definitely going to be trying these hacks! :) xxx

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

    1. It is such a lovely eye cream to use, and I really notice the difference when I use it! Haha oh dear, well I hope that some of these can help. Let me know if you get round to trying any of these! Thanks for reading :) x

  2. The Origins eye cream sounds amazing - I've been on the look out for one as I don't currently use one!

    Lucy | Forever September

    1. It is such a lovely eye cream, I'd really really recommend you giving it a try! Sometimes my under eye area can be really sensitive but this applies and sinks into my skin like a dream. Thanks for giving this a read :) x

  3. Yesss to the bright lipstick distraction, I always do that!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

    1. Haha it's such a great idea isn't it! This NARS number is my all-time favourite, and I love how bold this is and top-ups aren't really essential because the colour doesn't budge. Thanks for reading Alice :) x


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