Faking Your Zzzs: The Quick and Easy Guide to Looking Less Tired

It's one thing to feel the effects of a night or two of bad sleep, but it's another thing entirely to show that exhaustion on your face. Looking tired at work can be quite unprofessional and can inspire less confidence in you than your boss and coworkers should have, and that's never a good thing. But there are going to be days where your face shows your lack of rest—so what are you going to do about it? If you're looking for a few tips to perk your face up for the workday ahead, then here's what you need to know.

Lemon Water

While your skin is fine with all sorts of things—Vitamin E, exfoliating, moisturizing cream—the substance that it likes best of all is clear, cool water. Water helps to moisturize your skin from the inside out, plumping each cell individually and making your skin look fuller and tighter as a whole. Adding lemon to your morning 16 ounces of water helps to boost water's power to make you look less tired even more. Not only does it contain Vitamin C, which is good for brightening the skin, but lemon is also an antibacterial and an antioxidant, helping to flush impurities out of your skin and make it that much healthier. For more information about keeping your skin healthy, consult a professional such as A Beach Medical Group For Dermatology

Under-Eye Concealer

If your super-hydrated face still sports some bags under your eyes, it's time to turn to the best cure-all in the cosmetics world: concealer. If you're not sure what kind of concealer will be best for you, take a look at your wrist, where you can see the veins under the surface of your skin. If they look greenish, you'll want a warm-toned concealer (identifiable by the "W" before the shade number on the concealer tube and/or packaging), while if they look blue, your best bet is either a cool- or neutral-toned concealer (which are identified respectively by a "C" or "N" before the shade number).

Once you've got the best concealer for you, apply by drawing in a V shape down from each corner of your eye to the top of your cheekbone. Blend in the makeup with your (clean!) finger until it looks natural, and enjoy watching your under-eye circles disappear.

White Eyeshadow

Most people all over the world use concealer without stigma, but if you're still looking a bit under the weather, then you can't go wrong with digging a little deeper into the world of makeup and finding some white eyeshadow. Putting a bit of white eyeshadow on the skin immediately next to the inside corner of your eye brightens your eyes, making them look more awake.

To accomplish this trick, dab your (clean) finger into a touch of white eyeshadow, taking care not to use too much. (You should still be able to see your skin through the eyeshadow.). Then dab that finger on the inside corner of your eye and blend with a different finger. Take a step back before you look at yourself in the mirror, and you should see a vast difference in how awake your eyeshadowed eye looks from your plain one. To use the eyeshadow to its best effect, layer it on top of the concealer from the above section.