5 genius beauty hacks to look less tired in seconds
  • 10 Apr - 16 Apr, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

There's no denying it – sometimes that busy weekend shows up on your face first thing Monday morning. Since no one likes to slump-walk into the office looking exhausted, we've rounded up a few beauty picks and tricks that will keep you looking well-rested and alert so you start the week off right.

Try a pop of shimmer

There's an easy makeup hack to make eyes look wider and appear brighter – and it involves a hint of shimmer applied in precisely the right spot. Rather than applying it all over the eyelid as you might for a full-on makeup look, use your finger to press a shimmery shade directly in the centre of the lid. Think of it like contouring for your eye – the shimmer reflects the light, making that part of your eye look bigger. Genius.

Apply concealer the right way

The rule for concealing dark circles used to be painting an upside down triangle under the eyes. However, we've been doing it all wrong. A TikTok video, which has over 13 million views, a makeup artist reveals a new 'lifting technique' that will make you look less tired and far more radiant.

Simply apply concealer to the inner corners of your under eye area, and apply to the outer corner at an upwards angle. Finish with contour applied on the cheekbones (not under them), and a dab of blush on where you would traditionally apply highlighter. These simple application techniques create an optical illusion that draws the face upwards, making you look well rested and perky.

Apply something cool to eyes

If your eyes get puffy when you're tired, the fastest and most effective way of treating them is to apply something cold. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, opt for an "ice-globe" – the viral new facial massage tool that you put in the freezer for 10 minutes before using to gently massage the skin and boost lymphatic drainage. If you'd rather get another 10 minutes of shut eye, simply pop a couple of cucumber slices on top of closed eyes and relax for an extra few moments. The cold temperature will boost circulation, helping to shift any excess fluid and reduce inflammation.

Perform an 8-minute acupressure treatment

According to a viral TikTok video, there's a quick and easy acupressure technique that will leave eyes looking bright and feeling utterly refreshed. Based on the same principles as acupuncture (only without the needles), acupressure seeks to alleviate the tension in our body and balance our energy by applying pressure – in this case, with our fingertips – to different tactical points on the face and body.

In this case, the treatment focuses on specific points around the eyes, starting with the inner corner of the brows. Taking your thumbs, massage the point using inwards circular motions for two minutes. Next, pinch the bridge of your nose directly in between your eyes and wiggle up and down, again for two minutes.

The other techniques, which all take two minutes, include using your index finger to massage the top of your cheek bone directly below each pupils, and putting your thumb on your temple and using your knuckle to trace the brow bone and under eyes in outwards motions.

This eight-minute regime will boost circulation, reduce puffiness, boost elasticity in the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles – so, it's well worth doing.

Ditch the eyeliner

While it's second nature to call upon every product in our makeup bag in the face of a sleepless night, you might want to lay off the eyeliner – especially if you usually apply it in the waterline. Doing so makes the eyes look smaller, as well as picks up any dark tones in the under eye areas. Instead, try a fluttery mascara and if you can't go without liner, stick to a subtle, uplifting feline flick in just the outer corners.