How to Look Less Tired After Not Sleeping Enough
If you’re reading this article, you’re either planning an all-nighter or already seen the sunrise and are looking for ways to do some damage control. Whether you’ve had a little too much fun after happy hour, have had to deal with an emergency, or have had to catch a red-eye flight for work, an all-nighter can be seriously detrimental to your health — and your looks. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to minimize the effects, from picking up one of the best drugstore eye creams to craftily using makeup and more.
1. Get Some Sleep
This one’s pretty obvious and a little frustrating because you probably feel like you have to go on with your day at this point. Let me stop you there, because, do you? Take a moment and consider whether you can get away with starting your day later or calling in sick. After all, sleep deprivation can affect your cognitive capacity as well as your reaction time- which means that you’ll be struggling through your day and you’ll be a potential danger to yourself and others if you are driving.
Can’t call out? Squeeze in a few minutes of sleep time. Science shows a 20-minute nap can help you feel a little more refreshed and will help you get through the day. If nothing else, a nap can help you get to work safely and give you a little energy to apply the rest of these tips.
2. Invest in An Under-Eye Cream
Lack of sleep means dark circles, and these may last after you’ve caught up on your sleep so it’s best to invest in one of the best eye creams or other forms of treatment. For faster results, opt for a cream that has natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents like caffeine and vitamin C.
3. Grab Some Ice
Whatever the cause of your all-nighter, your face is probably a little puffy from lack of sleep. Using a cool compress around your eyes as well as on your whole face is a great way to reduce the inflammation and to make your face look a little bit more refreshed. As a bonus, the cold will also make you feel more awake, so you’ll be more ready to take on your day.
4. Don’t Skip Your Beauty Routine
Even if you are not going to bed, make sure that you follow your nighttime and morning routine as much as possible. Ideally, you should take the time to carefully wash away all of the makeup from the night before with a good cleaner and to apply a good moisturizer before you proceed with your morning makeup routine. In a pinch, simply remove your makeup using a makeup wipe and wash your face with cold water.
5. Get Creative with Your Makeup
Strategically applied makeup can do more than hide your undereye circles- it can help you look fresh and ready for your day. Concealer can hide undereye circles while a combination of contouring and foundation can help you hide any residual swelling or blotchy spots. Adding a bit of white eyeliner or shadow to the corners of your eyes and a little bit of mascara to your lashes will also make you look bright-eyed and ready to face the day. If you require a little bit of a power boost from your makeup, try adding a bold eyeshadow or eyeliner.
6. Have A Plan
If you know that you are going to be pulling an all-nighter, make sure that you have your facial cleanser, eye cream, and makeup on hand. While you are at it, pack a bottle of water and make plans to grab a healthy breakfast and a few cups of coffee on your way to work in the morning.
If you are planning to fly overnight, pack a travel kit that’s approved for air travel that includes a makeup remover and moisturizer at the very least. This way, you can do your makeup before you land, or land with a fresh face and do your makeup on the way to your meeting.
If you’re staying out too late, make sure that you have access to everything that you need to make it work the next morning — or make it a point to stop by at home. It’s actually good practice to have a few extra makeup wipes and a spare concealer in your car in case you come across a situation that you weren’t anticipating.
While getting through work or school after an all-nighter is never ideal it is doable and, with these tips and the right eye creams and other beauty products, you can get through your day with a fresh face.