How to reduce puffy eyes and look like you had a good night’s sleep.

How to reduce puffy eyes and look like you had a good night’s sleep.

The holy grail of beauty sleep is 8 hours of pure, uninterrupted blissful snoozing, but we all know how rare it is to actually obtain that kind of night nirvana. Whether you have a baby wailing for your attention at 3am or you couldn’t fall asleep because your significant other is snoring, logging in a fitful night of sleep can wreak havoc on your looks the next day. Fake awake with these beauty tips and fool everyone into thinking you got your 8 hours.

Eye Spy

The eyes, they say, are windows to the soul. If you don’t want anyone to know your soul pulled an all-nighter, then it’s time for a little window dressing. Prevention is key when it comes to reducing puffy, dark circles under your eyes. Use a cream-based eye product at night to help infuse moisture into the delicate eye area while you sleep, which will also diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles. An eyelash curler can be your best friend in the morning when you’re trying to fake awake. By curling your lashes, you’ll open up your eyes and trick people into thinking you’re bright eyed and bushy tailed, even if you feel like crawling back under the covers.

Conceal, Don’t Feel

Concealer can do wonders for hiding every kind of sin on the skin. Choose a silicone-based concealer that has enough glide and slide that it won’t get caught in the creases of your under eye area. The trick to hiding your exhaustion is all in the application. Make sure you apply the concealer in the inner corners of the eyes and then gently sweep it out under the lids, so no redness or darkness shows.

Slather on the Night Cream

Dry skin looks like tired skin. Transform your sleep-deprived face into the skin of a dewy sleeping beauty by slathering on a rich and emollient night cream before you turn in for the night. The best night creams will replenish lost moisture and add a supple texture to the skin while you sleep.

Pony Up

Rather than hiding under a hat, try putting your hair into a high ponytail. Thanks to the tension a tight ponytail creates, your forehead and eyelids will automatically get an insta-lift that’s better—and cheaper—than Botox.

Peachy Sheen

Stay away from any red-based lipsticks or blush and opt for peachy shades instead. Any red makeup shades will exacerbate the redness in your tired eyes, making you look even more like an extra from The Walking Dead. Try a cream-based blush that will help create a more youthful and less tired look.