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Beauty tricks to look awake

02:00 Wed Mar 28 2012
Melissa Williams-King
Beauty tricks to look awake

Had one too many late nights or early starts? That can be your little secret thanks to these make-up techniques and handy products. Here's our three-step guide to looking refreshed when you feel exhausted.

Start with some cold therapy. A gel eye mask (kept in the fridge) will boost circulation and bring some life to your eye area in minutes. Our pick: QVS Soothing Mini Eye Treatments Gels, $9.99.

We also swear by the latest eye creams with cooling rollerballs or stick-on eye patches which work like a face mask to revive the delicate skin around the eyes. Our picks: Talika Eye Therapy Patch, $102, at Mecca Cosmetica; YSL Top Secrets Flash Touch Wake Up Roll On, $97; Aveeno Smart Essentials Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment, $19.99.

If your eyes are red and bleary, some eye drops will fix the problem. Our pick: Clear Eyes, $14.50

Start with a creamy concealer under and around the eyes, and even on lids, to get rid of any redness or dark circles. Our picks: Jane Iredale Active Light Under Eye Concealer, $53.60; Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, $19.99.

Next, use a white, beige or silver eye pencil around the lower lashline, to make the whites of the eyes brighter. (If you can stand it, line the inner rims, top and bottom, as well.) Our pick: Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Sparkling Silver, $20.99

Avoid using dark eye shadows - stick to flesh tones and golds. Highlight the innermost corner of the eye with a pale, shimmery shadow. This opens up the eye area for a wide-awake look. To finish, curl lashes to visually 'lift' everything upwards.

Don't forget to brighten up the rest of your face as well. Use a more intense blush than usual, to counteract a washed-out skin tone, and add a light dusting of bronzer as well. Blue-based reds or pinks add impact without playing up any redness already present in your eyes and skin. To freshen up throughout the day, an aerosol face mist helps you both look and feel better.

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