Popular Everything understands; it’s the middle of the year, it’s cold, and your summer tan is nothing but a sweet sweet memory. Work days have you drained especially when you’re trying to balance a social life, work life, and a family life all at once. While we try to present our “best-selves” to our friends and co-workers it’s tough to hide how tired we are, and that cup of coffee is no help whatsoever. Luckily, the Popular Everything team has done the research and is glad to let you in on a few easy makeup tips that make anyone glow with energy even when they feel like they’re running out of fuel.

Wakeup Makeup: Achieving an Alert Glowy Look During the Long Week

Let’s start with the fact that no amount of makeup can cover signs of fatigue. In fact, having too much makeup on can enhance that tired zombie look. The secret to an awake look is knowing that less is more.

1. Eyeshadow

Wakeup Makeup: Achieving an Alert Glowy Look During the Long Week

No matter how much concealer we apply to the dark circles under the eyes, we will never succeed in covering up those bad boys. Having pasty shades of nude on these stubborn shades of black and blue will let the people around you know how hard you tried and how miserably you failed at hiding your lack of energy. Let us leave the under-eye alone and work with the art of distraction.Applying a shimmery and bright shade of eyeshadow in the corners of your eyes will guide people’s attention above the dark circles. Adding this simple touch will make you look alert, enhance the almond-like shape of the eye and give you a unique glow.

2. Eyeliner

Wakeup Makeup: Achieving an Alert Glowy Look During the Long Week

Still working with the eyes here; put a nude shade of eyeliner along your bottom lashes. While it may be tough to cover up dark circles, it gets easier when it comes to covering redness. Tired eyes tend to get dry and red. Not only will it open your eye, with a nude liner, this fatigue sign will be gone in no time. Your co-workers will hardly suspect that you threw back 3 glasses of wine with your crew last night. Major tip: apply this liner before using mascara so that the two colors do not blend into a shade of grey.

3. Lips

Wakeup Makeup: Achieving an Alert Glowy Look During the Long Week

Draw attention to the lips. The lips may do all the talking, but they’ll never sell you out and reveal how tired you are. Before adding your favorite shade of lipstick, take that same eyeshadow and pat it on the top of your cupid’s bow. This subtle detail is another factor adding to that fresh and alert glow you’re looking for. The best part is that it works with or without lipstick so if that’s not your thing, you’re still in the clear to use this makeup tip.

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