1. Add Sparkle
While too much glitter can make you look more tired – as it draws more attention to the eyes – make-up artists agree a tiny touch of shimmer cream in the inner corners of the eyes instantly makes you look refreshed. Dark complexions should opt for golden colours while paler tones should try a silvery or pearlescent option.
SL Recommends: Shiseido Aura Dew; Glossier Lidstar; Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise
2. Stay Cool
A cold shower may not sound appealing, but it’s circulation-boosting benefits are well known. Not only does it stimulate your blood, it has a toning effect on your face, with research showing knocking down the temperature can also make you feel more awake. Cold flannels with ice have a similar effect and will instantly make you look and feel alive.
3. Scrub Up
Nothing fixes dull skin like a gentle exfoliation. Try it in the morning for a quick brightening boost. Look to soft round grains rather any acid-based formulas as these can leave you red and blotchy.
SL Recommends: Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator; Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle For Sensitive Skin; Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash
4. Try Calritin
Eyes looking bloodshot and puffy? It could be allergies. Claritin – recommended to us by a pharmacist – makes a huge difference. Not only does it reduce redness, it also takes down swelling and calms irritation instantly. Ideal if you’re someone that suffers severely with hay fever.
5. Cover Up
There are heaps of eye creams that promise to banish dark circles, but none of them offer a speedy fix. Concealer, on the other hand, does. Start by choosing a formula that’s slightly lighter than your skin (but be careful: if you go more than one shade lighter, you can look ghostly). Try applying it post-foundation since you want to use the bare minimum and cover just the dark areas, not the entire under eye.
SL Recommends: Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer; Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Contour Concealer; Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer
6. Try A Teabag
The tea bag trick is no beauty myth. Experts say the caffeine in tea constricts blood vessels while the tannins it contains reduce inflammation. If that’s not for you, a chilled cucumber slice or eye cream like Algenist's is as effective, even frozen peas work the same way to stimulate lymphatic drainage and reduce swelling.
7. Widen Eyes
We were taught this trick by make-up maestro Caroline Barnes. You can widen your eyes naturally by lining the inner corners with a white pencil and the centre of the lower lash lines with a flesh-coloured one. Just white will look a little theatrical but the two together will really boost dull peepers.
SL Recommends: Urban Decay Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo; Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Liquid Liner in Eye Cheat
8. Lift Lashes
One of the biggest secrets to looking awake is opening up our lashes. But instead of using traditional curlers, French make-up master, Violette, once taught us to dot black kohl between lashes instead – you can get away with less mascara, which not only looks less ageing and tiring, but is also super chic.
9. Be Open To Orange
Orange-toned corals bring light to your face. If that sounds too daunting, try wearing them over a warm nude for a soft, muted and modern take.
SL Recommends: Topshop Lipstick in Falling Fast; Dior Addict Lipstick Hydra Gel Core Mirror Shine in Orange Wave; YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Lipstick in Orange Imagine
10. Play With Balm
Never underestimate the power of a lip balm. If your skin feels tired or dry, apply some balm and use the excess along your cheekbones, brow bones and on the lids. It will catch the light beautifully.
11. Change Up Your Blush Game
Applying blush to cheeks after bronzer for an added glow is nothing new, but try blending some on to brow bones and beneath your chin, as well. It gives your whole face a natural-looking lift.
SL Recommends: Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil in Sorbet Grenadine; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer; ELF Cosmetics Beautifully Bare Cheek Colour in Soft Peach
12. Amp Up Luminosity
For an extra luminous look, many make-up artists recommend dipping a foundation-covered brush into a few drops of facial oil before buffing the mixture into the skin. The idea is it looks like you don’t have anything on, just a flawless, radiant complexion that emanates a fresh-from-a-facial glow.
13. Keep Powder At Bay
If your skin feels powdery or looks lacklustre, spritz it with an elixir or rose water then gently press your hands over your face. The warmth from your fingers will set your make-up and provide an unbeatable glow on top – nothing looks more youthful than hydrated skin.
DISCLAIMER: We endeavour to always credit the correct original source of every image we use. If you think a credit may be incorrect, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.