These tips will help you even on your most exhausted mornings.

By Elizabeth Swanson
February 26, 2020

Sometimes you just can't avoid it: Early mornings turn into busy days and evenings. The next thing you know, you're running around on just a few hours of sleep—and then that turns into a habit. While you might feel tired (and should do all you can to rectify your sleep schedule), you don't always have to look it. There are some fast, easy fixes that can make it appear as if you've just woken up from eight hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep.

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Ahead, celebrity makeup artist Edward Cruz (he's worked with some of Hollywood's busiest leading ladies, including Emilia Clarke and Priyanka Chopra) shares his best tips for looking more awake. Before he speaks to the specifics, though, he wants everyone to know that this doesn't require a lot of makeup. In fact, it's the opposite. Too much makeup won't hide your exhaustion—it will only exaggerate it. These tips, on the other hand, will give you an understated, healthy, and radiant look, even when you aren't feeling your best.

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Start with an eye serum.

"It's my favorite skincare item," Cruz says. "An eye serum is pretty fantastic for looking less tired with or without makeup—and especially without makeup because most of the time, it has crushed pearl or another ingredient that reflects the light, so it makes your eyes look brighter. Most also have vitamin K and caffeine as ingredients to stimulate the skin, reduce puffiness, and lift." Looking to add one to your product arsenal? Try Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum ($85, sephora.com) or Estée Lauder Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer ($21.60, esteelauder.com).

Use color correctors.

Cruz is a big fan of color correctors—the ones with a peach tint, especially, since they help brighten the face, he says. Work the formula under your eye area and then gently rub it into your forehead and cheeks to hide any remaining dull skin. We like Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32, sephora.com) for the job—it's infused with light-reflecting pigments.

Swap foundation for concealer.

"Concealers on the market right now are insanely good—the majority are long-wear, like 15- to 24-hour wear," Cruz explains, citing Tarte SEA Aquacealer range ($26, sephora.com) as his favorite. "Use the tiniest bit of concealer and put it on the back of your hand. Dab it with a moist Beauty Blender ($20, ulta.com), and blend it out around the center of your face. This can take years off your face and make you look less tired. It will even out your skin tone and give you brighter skin."

Curl your lashes.

An eyelash curler can make a world of difference. "It can take 10 years off the eyes," Cruz says. "It makes them look bigger and more awake—and that goes for men and women. There are a lot of famous actors who use eyelash curlers to open their eyes."

Highlight the inner corners of your eyes.

Apply a bit of champagne-hued or subtly shimmery highlighter to the insider corners of your eyes; the sparkles will reflect the light and make you appear wide awake. Cruz's product of choice? Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener ($24, thrivecausemetics.com), which can also be used on the waterline.

Add a hint of color to the lips.

"It's an oldie but a goodie, but one of my favorite things is the Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Lip Tint ($22, macys.com)," Cruz says. "They come in so many beautiful colors, and add soft color that's moisturizing. It's a trick I use on my celebrities if I'm not going to be with them for touchups on the red carpet."

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