5 Makeup Tricks to Disguise Tired Eyes

Shannon Farrell

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Caking on concealer isn’t the only way to downplay tired-looking eyes. These simple tricks disguise what little sleep you had the night before — better than concealer alone.

White Eye Pencil
Adding white to your eyes will immediately create a more wide-awake look. Swap out your dark eye pencil for a white one, placing it on the inner bottom rims. This creates the effect of brighter, more wide awake eyes.

Shimmer Eye Shadow
Apply a dab of a light shimmer eyeshadow (white, taupe or pale pink) into the inner corners of the eye. Light will reflect off of the shimmer to camouflage dark circles.

Thick Eye Liner
A bold line on the upper eyelid will draw attention upward, away from dark circles and bags in the under eye area. Avoid too much liner and mascara on the lower half of the eye, which will have the opposite effect.

Beefed Up Brows
Bold brows help to draw attention away from dark circles. Use an eyebrow pencil or shadow to create defined brows, and then finish luminous (but not too shimmery) highlighter on the brow bone. The highlight will help to lift the entire eye area.

Foundation with Caffeine
Caffeine reduces puffiness. While the ingredient is often found in eye creams, we suggest using a foundation with caffeine to add both coverage to dark circles and reduce inflammation. One to try: Almay Wake Up Liquid Makeup ($12.99, almay.com) is a light formula that blends easily.

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