If you’re anything like us, these dark mornings are making it really hard to wake up. It’s too cold/dark/windy/tiring to raise yourself out of bed, and aside from a cold shower or a brisk slap to the face to wake you up, it’s pretty hard to snap yourself out of it.
Once you’ve made it out of bed, the next step is to sort out your tired, bleary morning face. If that makes you want to crawl back under the covers, never fear – there is a whole host of ways to trick your way to looking alert and rested, and it’s all in the eyes….
Take Care the Night Before
When morning time rolls around, your puffy eyes just want to close back up and go to sleep. Prevent the dreaded morning bags by smoothing on an alleviating eye cream the night before. The Nuxe Contour Des Yeux Prodigieux Decongesting Eye Cream, £16.00is brilliant for this, soothing the eye area and smoothing away puffiness with antioxidant green tea and floral waters. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines, protects against free radicals and can be worn both day and night.
For some, prevention isn’t enough to keep those tired eyes at bay. Keep a de-puffing eye gel such as the Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Luminescence Moisturising Eye-Reviver Gel, £29.50in the fridge; when the morning comes around, smooth on the icy gel and watch the bags melt away. With its water-like texture, application of the gel makes for a seriously fresh experience, working to decongest the area, minimise dark circles and smooth fine lines. As an added bonus, the instantly drying formulation means that you can apply your make-up straight away.
Banish the Darkness..
If it’s dark circles that are a constant problem, a slick of Vichy Aqualia Antiox Anti-Fatigue Ice-Effect Stick, £14.00underneath your eyes will become your morning staple. The cooling stick makes eyes appear refreshed and rested, fading dark circles with pure Citrus Polyphenol and Vitamins C & E. Provides an immediate healthy glow effect, and improves radiance, complexion and smoothness over time.
.. and Shine a Light
Once your eyes are refreshed and smooth, apply make-up as you usually would. When you’re well and truly tired, no amount of foundation will cover the blue-black of dark circles. Counteract the blue tinge with the Dior Backstage Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen, £23.50a concealing pen with light-reflecting pigments to cover dark circles without settling into fine lines. When applied to the underneath of eyes, the skin is infused with an inner glow that looks natural, radiant and vital.
Make It Up
As a final finishing touch in your quest for wide awake eyes, you can’t beat a slick of mascara! Start by curling your lashes to widen the eyes, taking care not to tug at delicate lids. Next, take the Guerlain Le 2 Mascara, £24.00 and zig-zag the larger brush through lashes to create volume and set the curl. Next, take the miniature brush at the other end to lengthen lashes, grabbing even the smallest lashes at the corners and on the lower lid.