Chances are you don't get enough sleep every night of the week. Many women are lacking on shut eye, which can cause tons of issues. It leads to an increase in appetite, stress and can play havoc on how you look. If you're like me, you probably use makeup to cover up your late night, but you could be doing it all wrong. Don't worry - I was too. Here are some mistakes that could leave you looking more sleepy than you really are. Avoid them and you'll look well rested in no time. While you're at it, hit the sack early tonight. Your body will thank you tomorrow.
1. You're Using the Wrong Concealer under Your Eyes
Tiredness often makes itself known in the form of bags under your eyes and maybe some dark circles too. Wearing the wrong concealer only makes the situation worse. Anything too light or too dark won't look natural. Make sure you apply your concealer in a well lit place so you can get it completely blended in. Also, make sure you're using one that matches your skin tone.
2. You Didn't Moisturize
Moisturizing your face is imperative for keeping it plumped up and for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Dehydrated skin will make you look more tired than you really are. Before you apply any of your makeup, make sure you gently massage in a good moisturizer for your skin type first. It should contain SPF to protect you from sun damage too.
3. You Don't Use Primer on Your Eyes
Primer works by keeping your makeup in place so you don't have to deal with smudges that can make you look tired. Using primer is especially important if you wear dark eyeliner or eye shadow. You might also consider using waterproof makeup to help keep raccoon eyes at bay.
4. You Use the Same Color All over
With the rise in popularity of contouring, you probably already know the value of wearing a range of shades on your face. Not only does this give you definition but it also wakes up your look. Define your eyes, lips, brows and cheekbones and you'll look like you slept for hours and hours last night.
5. You Wear Gray Makeup
It might look pretty in the palette, but experts say that any gray color or color with a gray undertone is only going to make your skin look gray. As you know, that will leave you looking like you stayed up all night. Experiment with other colors to find something that makes you look bright eyed and bushy tailed.
6. You Use Too Much Powder
Some makeup artists will argue that you don't even need powder in the first place. However, there is a time and place for it, but you have to be careful not to use too much. When you skin is really powdered, it can look dry. Read: tired. If you want to wear powder, make sure it's translucent and be sure to blend it well.
7. You Use the Wrong Color of Eyeliner
Wearing eyeliner is wonderful for enhancing your peepers, but if you choose the wrong shade, you could wind up looking like you never got to bed last night. If you have cool skin, skip the bronze or gold. If you have a warm skin tone, stay away from silver.
Are you making any of these mistakes? How do you plan to fix the problem?