How to Not Look Tired
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How to Not Look Tired

01.27.2014    |    
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I actually can’t remember when it started, but literally every single morning I wake up saying the exact same thing: “I’m so exhausted.” And I literally am. On average, I would say I get about 7ish hours of sleep a night, maybe, if I’m lucky, but the thing is, there’s a distinct difference between feeling tired, and visibly looking tired. You know the look. Puffy eyes, puffy face, dark circles, larger than life pores, dry skin and facial imperfections that even makeup can’t seem to cover up.

Yesterday was one of those days. I looked in the mirror and thought, “Do I really look like this? What did I do to deserve this? What can I do to save myself?” It’s days like these show how salt, alcohol or sleep deprivation can get the best of us, and it’s literally painful to look in the mirror. But feeling sorry for myself is not an option. I have written about the best way to detox the body, but how do we un-puff the eyes and face and make ourselves look less tired? I’ve compiled my tried and true tips (that I swear by!) for how NOT to look tired – even when you are. Perfect, right? Just in time for fashion week.

1. An Oxygen treatment. I get mine at Dangene’s Institute of Skinovation.

2. Water! Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you look tired. Water is the key to life. On a normal day you should drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses, so when you look tired, pump that up! For those that have a water aversion like me, add lemon or emergen-c.

3. Apply a facemask! Make sure you use something nourishing or hydrating, because you want plump up that tired skin. My latest skincare love is Belif Facial Scrub, a nourishing exfoliant made with tons of botanical and plant extracts. I recently traveled with this mask and applied right after my flights, and magically looked completely rested and pore-free! This product is a must-buy, tired or not. I’m also live by SK-II Facial Treatment Mask. No one does it better than them. It’s one of those cloth sheets that is just saturated with serum.

4. Apply an eye mask. Sure, sure you just applied your face mask, but that delicate area around the eyes is one of the telltale signs of fatigue. I LOVE Klorane and Chantecaille eye masks because they’re super easy to apply and perfect for travel. If they say ‘leave on for twenty minutes’, apply for one hour. I also love Talika’s Cellular Eye Contour Patch. This brand is new for me, and what I love that the patches are inspired by aesthetic surgery techniques.

5. Get moving. Take a brisk walk or go work out! I know, sometimes exercise seems like a daunting idea, but getting up and moving gives you a rosy and healthy glow.

6. Always keep spoons in the freezer to combat days like this. Frozen spoons on the eyes will work wonders in the de-puff department. Take out of the freezer and leave on your eyes for as long as you can.

7. Splurge on citrus. They’re packed with vitamin C, and can increase energy and alertness. Add lemon to your water or down a ½ grapefruit. Add honey to make it a bit sweeter.

8. Try an eye massage. Clinique De-Puffing Eye Massage is great for on-the-go. Its like a roll-on perfume, but for your eyes. The cold metal ball instantly cools while dispensing brightening serum. I’m also quite addicted to Foreo’s Illuminating Eye Massage. Um, so sick.

9. Eyedrops! I’m addicted to Rohto Cooling Eye Drops. I keep a few around my apartment and in my makeup bag just in case. My LA bestie Taylor got me involved in these. Apparently, everyone in Hollywood uses these babies.

10. Concealer the eyes. Apply under the eyes and around the nose area and down the smile lines. A color that is slightly lighter than your skintone will brighten your complexion immediately. I’m LOVING RMS Beauty “Un” Cover Up in shade II, which is a touch lighter than my natural color.

11. Luminize. Radiant or luminizing products deflect light and make imperfections less visible. A brighter face makes you instantly look awake. My latest love is a product I just talked about, Koh Gen Do’s Aqua Illuminator. It’s the B.O.M.B. You can either mix in a large dollop in with your moisturizer OR apply directly around your eyes, cupid’s bow, forehead and, of course, the brim of the nose. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is another excellent dual-functioning product that can be used as a highlighter to brighten and nourish your skin.

12. Invest in a brightening pen. Sometimes if you’re lazy or just lounging around the house (but you still want to look your best), apply a brightening pen like BY TERRY Touche Veloutée Highlighting Concealer or classic YSL Touche Éclat in Luminous Radiance. These are beauty bag essentials. There also Benefit Eye Bright. This pink-toned, creamy stick has been one of my go-to brightening products for years. I simply apply it under my eyes and on the inside corners to wake up.

13. Sunglasses always do the trick.

So there you go! Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any tips to share with me.

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  • Great suggestions! Taking a walk, sleeping and drinking enough water always works for me. And a nice facemask is a must, of course.


  • I love that you chose Givenchy as the picture for this post! As if we only had bejeweled masks to throw on on days like this. Lately, when I look in the mirror in the morning I practically scream. On the weekends, days when I don’t really have to wear makeup even…I’ve been grabbing BB cream, concealer and powder just so I don’t scare myself when I look in the mirror. Honestly, I think it’s equal parts trouble sleeping and winter. I think this bitter cold and dryness is such the life out of my skin. Yes, water water water and tea is all I drink, and I moisturize to my heart’s content. It just doesn’t seem enough. Amen for a really great concealer! Until I get a Givenchy mask, that’s my weapon!


  • Sarah

    Great post! I’m having my first baby in two months and will have to start using your tips regularly. I’d also love to read more about anti-aging eye creams. I use Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica eye balm right now, but am thinking about switching if I can find a better product!

  • I just put up a very similar post, haha… but mine didn’t have quite so many suggestions.
    Check it out if you have time:

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  • Karoline

    You should switch out the frozen spoons with green tea ice-cubes. Great for both puffy ice and puffy face. It does the same exact thing, just adding properties from the green tea:)

  • Lydia Mccleary

    I look horrendous in the morning because I can never seem to sleep so those suggestions are great thank you

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  • Fabulous post- need to create a diy citrus cream!

  • Whoah this blog is great i love reading your articles. Keep up the good work! You know, many people are hunting around for this info, you could help them greatly.

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    • Annie Atkinson

      Thank you soo much!! I know that so many people have these beauty questions and hope they find my blog helpful! xoxo

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  • Haley Milligan

    I am dying to make the citrus cream, anxious to see if it works! As someone who is up at the crack of dawn for my job this post is perfect. Great blog!

  • Love this blog post, I feel as though I always look tired!
    Just Abigail

  • Out of 13, I’m just doing 8. I don’t use separate eye mask, but when I cover my face, I cover my eyes too. After reading this post of yours, I’m thinking to get different mask for my eyes.
    I often provide mineral water to face, too. It helps a lot. You can add this step.
    Your blog is really comprehensive and helpful. Thanks.

  • These are so many steps.
    can you give me a comprehensive list of products which will help in looking fresh all the time?

    • Annie Atkinson

      Just check out some of my more recent stories…all the products I try are legit what I use and recommend.

  • I think the glitter mask like in the photo will work for me tho.. haha. Great tips hun!



    • Annie Atkinson

      HAHA if only I could recreate this glitter mask and wear it. That truly would solve all my tired problems.

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