I always feel sleep deprived after the seasonal time change — and whether you’ve just had to pull an all-nighter for work, been up all night reading brain candy or (ahem) other fun, there are lots of reasons you’ll want to fake a good night’s sleep at work. I thought we’d round up some of the best makeup products to fake a good night’s sleep. Readers, do you agree with these general categories of makeup products to help you fake a good night’s sleep — if not, what else do you do? Do you have any favorite products you swear by, whether to look more awake, look more polished, or look younger?
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|Concealer is obvious, but it’s the classic for a reason. My current favorite is IT Cosmetics’
Bye Bye Under Eye™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer ($24, pictured), but I’ve also used this drugstore favorite, and there are products designed just for that, such as Benefit’s Fake Up. (Readers, which are your favorites — and does anyone swear by color correcting yellow or green concealer?)
|Skin-colored eyeliner. You know how your eyes always look a bit red after you’ve had lousy sleep? I don’t remember where I found this trick, but I’ve used it for years — you use skin-colored eyeliner to tightline your lower eyelash line. I’ve used this “Baby Eyes” pencil from Paula Dorf for years ($20); Tarte also makes one called “Fake Awake.” (I have very pale skin, but YouTuber Nicole Charnel tried peach-colored eyeliner against her darker skin; NYX also makes an option with darker shades.) There are a ton of more affordable options in the $4-$7 range from Rimmel, NYX, and others.|
|Illuminate (fake that glow that comes with a good night’s sleep). I’m picturing a screencap from Sephora’s video on how to use Benefit’s Eye Bright (on the browbone, inside the eye, and “cat whiskers” on the side of the eye — then blend well), but I put other illuminators in similar places. I’ve used and liked Benefit’s High Beam for years; I also just got Glossier’s Haloscope and like it for everyday use. I’d say MAC’s strobe cream is more for evenings out, but I’m no expert in strobing, so don’t take it from me.|
|Your regular blush, but with a light hand. For me that’s NARS’s Orgasm, in powdered form — if I wanted to skip the “illumination” step I might use The Multiple instead. (Here’s a fascinating article from Racked on makeup dupes, specifically dupes for Orgasm — and whether they’re worth it. Readers, do you have a favorite affordable blush that you swear by?)|
|Your favorite bright lip. If you have a brighter lip color you like, this may be a good day to add it to your repertoire. For me and my obsession with plum-colored lipsticks that would be Glossier’s Generation G in Jam (pictured, $18), a light layer of ‘Bête Noire’ Lipstick from Lipstick Queen, or just MAC’s lipliner in Soar, depending on the day, but that’s me. The benefit to all of those are that they stay put pretty well — you’re already sleep-deprived, so don’t give yourself a makeup challenge like keeping perfect red lips all day or something.|
Ladies, in your opinion, what are the best makeup products to fake a good night’s sleep?
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