How To Fake Looking Awake

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden ($20) underneath both eyes and blend it out with my ring fingers. I’ve been swearing by this little trick lately – not only does it help color correct my skin, but it also makes sure my concealer stays in place without creasing or melting off.

Next, I’ll dot some of the NARS Creamy Concealer in Chantilly ($29) under my eyes and, using the IT Cosmetics Dual Airbrush Foundation/Concealer Brush* ($48), blend it out for a natural look. This concealer really helps brighten everything up and conceal my under eye circles even on their darkest days, plus this brush blends my makeup beautifully and makes everything look really natural and effortless.

With my dark circles concealed, I’ll move onto making my eyes appear bigger and brighter. First, I line my waterline with the Pixi Eye Bright Liner* ($12) to really open up my eyes, making me look awake and well rested. I recently started using this liner, and think it’s a perfect dupe for the NYX Wonder Pencil. I’ve noticed that it’s a bit creamier than the Wonder Pencil though, and I find that it stays in place a bit longer.

To further brighten my eyes, I like to apply a 2-shadow combo: an inner corner highlight and an all over the lid shade. I’m currently swearing by MAC’s Shroom ($10) – it’s prettiest highlight color and a bit popped into the inner corner takes your eyes to a whole other level (if you don’t have Shroom, theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer is also a great option). When I want my eyes to appear more bright, I like to go with a pinky shade for all over my lid – I feel like it adds a nice touch of color but is still light enough to brighten. I’ve been using MAC’s Naked Lunch ($10) quite a bit lately because it’s such a lovely color, but I’ll also use Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Metal in Inked In Pink ($6.99) to change things up a little.

As a final touch, I like to use a mascara that helps curl and really flare out my lashes, so my eyes appear more open and less zombie-like. The mascara I’ve been reaching for the most lately has been Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes ($21). It does a pretty great job at helping my lashes hold a curl, as well as fanning them out and making them look fuller. I will say that it’s one of those mascaras that takes a bit of building up, so a few coats is definitely essential.

What tricks do you use to fake looking awake on sleepy mornings?

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