1. Treat your eyes to a coffee
Dip cotton pads in cooled, brewed espresso and the press them beneath your eyes. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, so it shrinks blood vessels and minimises dark circles. Its diuretic effect also helps to reduce swelling, which is why it’s such a popular ingredient in eye creams.
2. The hot and cold of it – take a shower
While in the shower, alternate blasts of hot and cold water. The temperature change increases circulation and brings back a healthy glow – it’s like an energy boost for your skin.
3. Wake up your wardrobe
As tempting as it is to wear your favourite slouchy clothes when you’re tired, don’t! You’ll just feel frumpy… Dress up a little to boost your energy and lift your mood. Wear materials that breathe, such as cotton and avoid anything too restrictive. Stay away from black as it ca wash you out. Instead, wear pastel colours to give you a luminous glow – pink works a treat as it warms up the skin.
4. Dress up your lips
Wearing red lipstick draws attention to your mouth and away from tired eyes, giving your face an instant lift. For a softer look, choose a rosy lip gloss.
5. Banish dark circles
A dab of concealer, applied to the shady spot at the inner corner of each eye, instantly brightens up the whole area.
6. Go navy
Brush navy mascara onto your upper lashes to energise eyes – the blue casts a reflection, making your eyes sparkle. then apply black mascara to the tips of your lashes only to make the whites of your eyes look whiter. Leave your lower lashes mascara-free, so you don’t risk under-eye smudges when you’re already looking bleary-eyed.
7. Curl girl
When you’re sleepy, your eyelids tend to droop. Use an eyelash curler before applying mascara to open up your eyes and make you look more awake.
8. Brush up
Use a brow gel to brush your eyebrows up, which will enhance the arches and wake up your whole expression.
9. Bronze your lids
Make eyes appear whiter and less puffy by sweeping a bronzer lightly across your lids.
10. Get cheeky
Give yourself a natural glow and put some healthy colour back into your cheeks. Pick your natural shade by looking in the mirror and giving your cheeks a couple of pinches – the colour your cheeks change to is the right shade of blush for you.
11. Maximise the moisture
Tired skin is often dry skin crying out for moisture. When you’re over-tired and your face looks dull, you need to apply moisturiser to revive the skin. Choose a rich formulation and don’t forget to apply an eye cream or gel.
12. Banish morning-after eyes
To reduce redness and swelling around your eyes after a big night, soak cotton balls in cold milk, squeeze out the excess and place over closed eyelids for 5-10 minutes.
13. Scrub yourself radiant
Exfoliate your skin in the shower to remove the tired outer layer. Smooth on your exfoliating scrub in little circles for at least one minute to get the blood flowing.
14. Glow with gravity
Do a handstand to bring a flush to your face. You could also hang your head over the side of your bed for a few seconds.
15. The old teaspoon trick
Another quick trick to reduce puffiness and redness of the eyes is to chill teaspoons in the fridge and rest them on your eyes for a few seconds.
16. Give yourself a ponytail facelift
Pulling your hair into a high, tight ponytail literally give your face a little lift.
17. Try a little eyeliner magic
Bright you eyes and look more refreshed – Gently apply white or pastel pale blue eyeliner along the inner rims of your lower lash lines.
Reference: The Sunday Mail, body+soul liftout, November 21 2010 pg 6