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5 Easy Ways To Look Less Tired

Despite having enjoyed a break from work over the festive period, you’re noticing eye bags, sallow skin, and a slightly droopy jawline staring back at you in the mirror. Ah, the perils of being tired. The start of the year is frequently accompanied by fatigue and a general feeling of mental malaise – and it often manifests on our faces. So, whether you’re raising young children, working long hours or just completely knackered, it pays to have some tricks up your sleeve to rectify the aftermath of sleepless nights and fake it until you make it. Here are five:

Ice plunge

Reinvigorate your skin (and soul) by harnessing the wonders of ice. One of Kate Moss’s favourite tricks is to fill a sink with cold water, add ice, then proceed to dunk the face in – or, simply splash the skin if that feels more bearable. Not only will this (free) technique reduce inflammation and bring life-giving blood to the skin’s surface, it also helps to ease stress and anxiety and will leave you focused and ready to take on the day.

Start with skincare

Rehydrate and plump with the right skincare formulas. Start with a gentle exfoliant, then infuse the skin with hydration, utilising soothing formulas. Don’t forget the eyes, you can’t go wrong with investing in a really good eye-cream. You’ll be brought back to life instantly.

Concentrate on creating a dewy base

Tired skin tends to look lacklustre and a bit dull and lifeless, so concentrate on adding luminosity and glow. “It’s always a good idea to start with a lovely, dewy complexion,” says make-up artist Nikki Wolff, whose clients include Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber and Simone Ashley. “I always add a little facial oil into the skincare line-up to moisturise and add glow.”

Opt for lightweight and radiance-enhancing formulas, or apply concealer to the areas of the face that need it – anywhere with redness, around the nose, under the eyes and on the chin. Avoid overloading the skin in favour of a veil of light camouflage, which will do the skin more favours than a heavy mask of foundation.

WBeauty Under Eye Concealer R199

Blush and bronzer go a long way

“A bit of bronzer or blusher can completely transform the skin, even in the winter months,” says Wolff. “I love liquid and cream products: one of my favourites is Clinique’s Sun-Kissed Face Gelee which you can apply after – or mix into – foundation, to give a really natural, healthy-looking glow.” After that, press some cream blush high on the apples of the cheeks – we love Makeup by Mario’s Soft Pop Cream Blush for the excellent shade range and skin-like finish.

Essence Love that GLOW & BRONZE palette R159.00

Brighten your eyes

Our eyes are another key area that betray us when we’re feeling depleted. Whether it’s fine lines, dark circles or redness, the key is to focus on brightening the area. “I love to apply cream eyeliner into the waterline – it helps neutralise redness and generally makes us look less tired,” says Wolff. Another of her top tips is to curl eyelashes to make them “look more awake”.

Essence Hydro Gel Eye Patches R189

Longer term, there are some great eye treatments that can help lift the area more long term. Facialist Debbie Thomas’s Bio Revitalising Nano Mesotherapy treatment involves tiny bubbles of revitalising solution (think hyaluronic acid, vitamins and amino acids), being micro-injected into the skin to trigger regeneration. Meanwhile, the Bright Eyes treatment at Ouronyx combines polynucleotides and nitrogen plasma technology, to boost collagen and elastin and improve skin quality and texture in the area. If your under eyes regularly give you grief, consider booking in for a consultation.

The original article can be found on VOGUE UK.

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