7 Products That Will Instantly Make You Look Fresh And Awake

photo: Urban Outfitters


We’ve all woken up with what seems the eye bags from hell, after a long night of barely any sleep, heck maybe you didn’t sleep at all! But after taking one look in the mirror, you know no amount of concealer is going to solve this issue! Isn’t punishment enough that I barely slept and now feel cruddy, why do I need further burden with the panda eyes?

Whilst we all know the real cure for looking more awake is bountiful sleep, that’s not always an option! So let me take it to the next step and show you how to deceive everyone around you into thinking you’re practically sleeping beauty! Here is your guide on what products to buy to fool people into thinking you’re wide awake!


1. Hide behind a mask

Joking, I’m talking about a soothing face mask. I’m not cruel. You’ve had no sleep, so you probably have neither the time or patience to do a mask that takes longer than 10 minutes. Aim for a mask that exfoliates- bet that was a surprise right?

You probably thought I would say a hydrating mask, which is good too, but you’ve got your moisturizer coming up. Exfoliating brings oxygenated blood to the skin’s surface, making you glow! I love the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask, it exfoliates, brightens and clarifies your skin – making your skin look more awake, and your mind feel refreshed. Buy it here.

2. Banish those eye bags

Let’s now tackle the problem area, dark and puffy eyes. If I know I’m going to have a late night I slap on some eye concentrate in advance!  Not only does it make me dread the morning less because I feel like I’ve taken some preventive measures, but it means whatever I’ve put on has longer to take effect. Verso’s Super Eye Serum is the best one I’ve tried, it actually works, so you won’t wake up with dark circles! Buy it here.


3. Moisturize before you run out the door

I like to have a specific moisturizer for those sleepless nights. I want something that is going to make my face look as fresh as possible, which will be completely opposite to how I feel. Such a beautiful lie, literally! My staple is the NARS Skin Aqua Gel Moisturizer. It’s life changing if you’re a night owl. As soon as this cooling moisturizer touches your skin, you will feel more awake, it’s weightless and will instantly plump and hydrate your skin. Buy it here.

4. Conceal, don’t feel!

The ultimate weapon in faking a fresh face is concealer. My favorite concealer is YSL Touche Eclat, and no, it’s not just because Beyonce uses it. It’s really easy to use, just click the bottom and dot/sweep under your eyes. The creamy formula will instantly brighten, smooth and conceal dark circles. No one will ever know that you had a bad night’s sleep. Buy it here.

5. Get a fresh face

A rosy tint always is the sign of glowing health, but on the days where you are feeling fragile and tired, a way to fake that bright glow is through the use of a gorgeous blush. Don’t go heavy, just a light touch so it all seems natural. The NARS Matte Multiple Lip and Cheek Color is perfect for a quick flush. You’ll look like the epitome of health. Buy it here.

6. Glow baby glow

Now I don’t mean strobe your face so that you sparkle like a diamond. Rather, highlight the inner corners of your eyes to give them that extra pop of vibrancy, add a little shimmer to the cheek bone, it will make you look much more refreshed and as if you gave yourself hours to get ready, rather than a rushed 15 minutes. I am obsessed with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, it has an understated shimmer that lights up my face. Buy it here.

7. Open your eyes

Mascara has a way to make your eyes really open up. There is something just so soothing about slowly coating on a layer of mascara. However, you really want to make sure your lashes aren’t clumpy. You want to look awake, so your lashes should be long and spread out finely. I personally struggled for years to find the perfect mascara, until I came across the Eyeko Black Magic Brush On Extensions. Seriously, the 100% natural plant-based fibers blend with mascara to create a wide-eyed (and very awake look!). Buy it here.

I hope the future you brings you your much-needed rest, or at the very least a nap. However, in the meantime, these products are guaranteed to give you a healthy glow- or at least fake one! You gotta fake it til you make it girl.

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  • CutieandherBeauty

    This post is perfection I swear! Every product here I just want in my collection. I love the idea of a fresh face makeup look that I look awake and like I’ve had a full night’s rest! Definitely saving this for later! (:


    • Lisa Collins

      Thank you boo, this list of products was much needed today ahaha! Do you have any products you would recommend?

      • CutieandherBeauty

        I don’t have any recommendations, unfortunately. I turned to this post for some inspiration. A gal living in this city needs to know how to do a fresh face at a moments notice. I will keep you posted if I think of anything though!(:

  • Isabel Lee Rosson

    Why does the brush on the mascara look so awful? does the brush actually work?