5-Second Makeup Tricks That Make You Look More Awake

Dianna Agron

Dianna’s Agron’s bright shadow really opens up her eyes.
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Sometimes no matter how much sleep we get (or don’t get), we wake up with tired-looking eyes — under-eye circles, puffy eyes, and worse. The good news is that you don’t have to walk out the door looking tired. In fact, with a few quick makeup tricks, you can look way more awake than you feel in just minutes—no trip to Starbucks required.

Camouflage with Highlighter
As much as we like to think of concealer as the “holy grail” of makeup, sometimes it needs a little help. Apply a shimmery highlighter under the eyes on top of your concealer to truly banish those dark circles.

Use White Eye Shadow
Dabbing white or light cream eye shadow in the inner corners of your eyes makes you look instantly more alert and wide-eyed. If you’re suffering from serious insomnia, take the trick up a notch like Dianna Agron. Apply the color in the corner as well as on the lid and slightly above the crease. Now those are some open peepers!

Arch Your Brows
Bring attention away from under eye bags with bold, arched brows that lift the eyes. Use a brow pencil or taupe eye shadow to fill in the brows with feathery strokes. Finish by brushing them out and up with a spoolie brush for a natural-looking finish.

Curl Your Lashes
This trick seems simple, but it’s often overlooked. Curling your lashes before mascara makes them appear longer, fuller, and—most importantly—makes your eyes appear larger and more open. When curling, make sure to get all of the lashes in the tool at the root and squeeze with a light pulsing. Then turn the curler upwards (lining it up with the eyelid crease) and squeeze again. Continuing to pulse, move the curler up from the root to the tip of the lash. Longer lashes in seconds!

Swoop Your Eye Shadow Up
Want to wear a more subtle color? Pick any shade of your choice, but when applying, swoop the color up and out towards the sides of your face. This instantly lifts the eye, making it look more awake.

Read more: How to Nail the Red Eye Shadow Look

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