How to Look Awake When I Got No Sleep

Go light on the makeup when you haven't had much sleep: Heavy makeup can make you look tired.

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You know the three to four hours of sleep you get some nights just doesn’t cut it. But getting a good night's sleep is not always under your control -- and even when it is, if you have a busy lifestyle, your sleep can occasionally suffer. Sometimes you just can’t avoid burning the candle at both ends. You shouldn’t do it every day, of course, or your health will suffer; but if you need to go without a proper amount of rest for a day, there are some things you can do to make it look like you’ve gotten the rest you need.

Chamomile Tea Bags for Puffy Eyes

If you painted the town a little too red last night or were forced to burn the midnight oil at the office, chamomile tea bags are a quick remedy for getting that puffy skin under your eyes to go away if you don’t have time for sleep. To use chamomile tea bags, brew one bag of chamomile tea in 6 oz. of water per eye for two to three minutes. Remove the tea bags and gently squeeze the hot liquid out. Allow the tea bags to rest for about five minutes before putting one on each eyelid for five to 10 minutes – otherwise you may end up burning yourself. Discard the tea bags and save the tea for later – after all, drinking chamomile tea might make you feel sleepier than you already are.

Cool Water Works Wonders

It may sound too simple to be true, but just splashing cold water on your face from time to time can give you the appearance of being wide awake even when you’re really dead on your feet. According to Dr. Francesca Fusco, a New York City dermatologist, splashing cool water on your face gives your skin a smoother, more toned look. This is especially beneficial when you haven’t gotten enough sleep, as lack of sleep tends to make your skin look dull and tired. Try putting a spray bottle of filtered or bottled water in the refrigerator at work – that way you can give yourself a refresher when you need it.

More Makeup Isn’t Better

When you’re tired, your skin looks dull. Putting on a pound of heavy powder or foundation can make your skin look like you’re wearing a big, heavy mask when you’re sleepy. Instead of applying makeup heavily, Sarah Lucero, global education director for Stila Cosmetics, suggests using a tinted moisturizer with SPF. A tinted moisturizer will help to even out your skin tone and cover up blemishes while letting your natural color come through. If you feel like you need a little more than just tinted moisturizer, Lucero recommends a touch of concealer over areas that need special attention like dark circles under your eyes.

Don’t Dress Like a Mess!

The clothes don’t make the woman, but when you’re feeling like you want to spend eight hours in bed instead of at the office, the clothes you put on can make a difference. A killer outfit can boost your confidence – which is something you may have a little less of than usual if you’re feeling tired. Your boss and business associates will also see you as put together, and you aren’t likely to look tired to them if you don’t act the part, unlike when you come into work looking like you should have spent a little longer in front of the mirror before you left the house.

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