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Smarter Style: Faking Awake Face
August 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM

It's happened to all of us....we have a meeting in the morning that we're worried about, or our kids are up all night which means we are too, or we have a girl's night out and stay out too late. Then the alarm goes off wayyy too early, and we're confronted with a very haggard version of ourselves in the mirror.

How to make ourselves look perky, well-rested and dewy? That may be overreaching, but you can fake a more well-rested look.

Splash cold water on your'll look and feel more awake immediately.

Put cold tea bags on your eyes, or try cucumbers, or a spoon you've put in the freezer for a few minutes. Cold defeats puffiness, and the tannins in the tea can also shrink eye puff.

Skip heavy makeup...use a tinted moisturizer or mineral makeup instead to brighten your skin without a masking effect.

Use an eyeshadow primer on your eyelids instead of shadow. Seriously, I just learned this trick and it goes SUCH a long way to making your eyes look more open and brighter. Curl your lashes and apply a little extra mascara....this also makes your eyes look more wide-open.

Use a peachy cream blush on your looks more dewy than powder.

If you don't have time to wash your hair, use a dry shampoo on your roots to absorb oil and boost volume.

You might feel awful, but you'll look reasonably good. And and soon as you can, get home, get into PJs, and try to get to bed!

What's your trick to getting through a tough day after a long night?


  • Godspitgrl
    August 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    I never do makeup in those situations, lol
  • tayanddyl
    August 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    i don't have any tricks.  I just grin and bare it

  • amy7243
    by amy7243
    August 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

     Same here.

    Quoting bwsmommy:

    i just go baggy eyes and all =( ..


  • Charizma77
    August 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM
    Good tips
  • LilMissCupcake
    August 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    i usually do the cold water 

  • onecuteladybug2
    August 28, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Same here...

    Quoting bwsmommy:

    i just go baggy eyes and all =( ..

  • BeachMommy07
    August 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Quoting Madelaine:

    Lots of coffee

    this made me laugh this is me too

  • teesoloca
    October 7, 2012 at 4:19 AM


  • delanna6two
    October 7, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    I really have to push myself....I've done the cold water face splash too.

  • onecuteladybug2
    October 7, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    I don't do anything special.

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