Wake up your face with our tips for sleepy eyes.
Getting enough sleep? Sure, you may be if you're on vacation, but in everyday life, chances are a busy schedule packed with obligations is taking a chunk out of your rest time. And while you can probably jump-start your mind and body when you're too tired, your eyes don't lie. Red, droopy, dark-circled eyes are a telltale sign of exhaustion, bringing your whole look down a notch. But reviving those tired eyes is as easy as following these simple steps.
Step 1: Ditch the contacts. If you're a regular lens-wearer, you know that contacts can cause eyes to become red and dry on their own. When coupled with too little sleep, the effect can be jarring. So on those tired days, skip the contacts to avoid redness and irritation. Bonus: Glasses help camouflage tired eyes.
Step 2: Give eyes a shot of moisture. A few drops of natural tears (available at drugstores) can lubricate sleepy eyes, giving them the appearance of brightness. Some natural tears even contain an ingredient that constricts blood vessels, "taking the red out."
Step 3: Shadow strategically. Once you've prepped your eyes, play up the awake look with makeup. Think light and bright: That is, use shadows that are light in color and bright with a hint of shimmer. Both qualities help eyes to look awake. Sweep a bone or banana shadow from lashline to browbone, and lightly contour the crease with a medium-toned shade.
Step 4: Line right. Makeup artists use two tricks to make eyes look brighter: navy liner on top lashes, and a nude or white pencil on the lower rim of the eye. Navy liner makes the whites of your eyes look even whiter than they are, and a subtle swipe of white or nude pencil on the lower rim furthers that effect. Tip: Tote along your nude or white pencil for during-the-day touchups.
Step 5: Curl lashes. To really make eyes pop, use an eyelash curler and a curling mascara in tandem. This combo will help lashes sweep up and out, instantly making you look more awake.
Step 6: Pencil in the finishing touch. Take a close look at any photo of a female celebrity who's out for a big event. Her eyes look big and bright, right? Look even closer and you'll see that this is due to a bit of shimmer in the inner corner of the eye-shimmer that reflects against the skin, causing peepers to light up. Get this effect by dotting a white shimmer pencil lightly under the inner corners of your eyes. Use your ring finger to blend lightly.