How to look like you've slept (when you haven't)
It's a little known fact that "I'm tired every day of my life." If you don't believe me, just ask the thousands of viewers who tuned into my big debut on the TV show "What Would You Do?" a few years ago. (See embarrassing video here...) Although health practitioners across the board suggest there's an undeniable correlation between healthy sleep habits and younger-looking skin... I still get sucked into marathon Netflix nights, mindless instagram stalking and tending to sick or scared kids in the middle of the night. This does not bode well for me the next morning. Not only am I short-fused and bitchy as I aggressively slug (a minimum of) three cups of coffee, I also leave a lot to be desired where this old mug is concerned. Here's the good news... for all the time I dedicate to wreaking havoc on my sleep habits, I'm scrupulously working on how to best fake a well-rested face. Below are my infallible products for putting my "best-face-forward" despite lack of sleep.
Eye Patches: What is the first thing on your face to give away how tired you are?... Exactly, your eyes! I recently bought Peter Thomas Roth's 24k Pure Gold Eye Patches and I'm never "looking" back. Seriously. Slide these babies on to a clean and dried under eye for 10 to 15 minutes and wait for the dramatic results. These patches lift and firm but also calm the delicate skin around your eyes too. They contain caffeine to diminish dark circles, and also a ton of hyaluronic acid to provide much-needed hydration. Even my husband uses them... well, with a little bit of coercion... ok, more like brute force. This is how it plays out: I catch him laying down, I run over, hold his arms down and stick these suckers right under his eyes before he has a chance to protest. It's not spousal abuse if he's pleased with the results right? I've heard, the future's in gold. Might as well get a jump-start at Sephora today.
Eye Cream: Have you checked out my social media lately? I've been singing high praises to this bright orange jar of delight. Ole Henriksen's Banana Bright Eye cream is not only hydrating, it is so very BRIGHTENING.. it's like stringing a strand of Christmas lights under your eyes and then flipping the switch... Ta-da "It's beautiful, Clark." Also, the price point is pretty great and the cream is so dense and luxurious- it will last you for months. Feel free to apply this stuff under or on top of your make-up.... over and over again all day. This is the most raved about product from my male and female fans alike and a 100% antidote to tired eyes.
Anti-Aging Serum/ Moisturizer: Not getting enough sleep can actually make tired, aging skin more pronounced. Using a serum or a moisturizer with plumping, anti-inflammatory properties can really be a game changer in this scenario. I have a mid-forties friend with two young boys who is constantly on the go and every time I see her, she is sporting the most glowy, dewy skin. She recommended that I try Farsali Unicorn Essence and there is nothing I love more now. Whenever my skin is looking dull and parched, I slather this serum/primer on and instantly notice a difference in the tone of my skin... it's also pink and smells like candy so there's that too. I'm a huge proponent of Hyaluronic acid which holds 100x its weight in water. I have to come to COVET Sunday Riley's Tidal because it contains HA and brightening enzymes. It apparently increases hydration up to "68% in as little as 15 minutes and lasts for 24 hours"... it's hard to compete with that. I rest my case.
Moisturizing Concealer: Currently, holding auditions for your newest best friend? Then, look no further than MAC's Mineralize concealer. This stuff is going to disguise those suitcases under your eyes without settling into any fine lines. I also use this stick anywhere my skin tends to be uneven or a little red: around my nose, my lips, and my eyelids. And then I blend well with a moistened sponge. There's nothing more to say. I really can't live without this concealer, and it is a staple in my EVERY DAY routine, even on the days I vow to go without makeup!
Hair Powder: Need to look presentable for your walk of shame after an all nighter... more like for walking your preschooler into school without looking like a complete "Mombie?" TSZUJ-up your strands with my favorite dry shampoo, Bumble and Bumble's Pret-A-Powder. Squeeze a quarter size amount between your palms and energetically scrub into your roots, especially near the crown of your hair. It will suck up all the oils, disguising those desperately-needing-to-be-done roots and giving you just the right amount of volume to be Texas cheerleader peppy.
Can I Get An AMEN?