How To Fake a Fresh Face

How To Fake a Fresh Face

Look fresh as ever with these tips — even when you’re feeling exhausted.


By: Sarah James

Here are the four best things you can do to fake a well-rested, healthy look on those days when you may be feeling neither. This isn’t about not wearing makeup, but about wearing natural makeup.

Make Your Skin Glow
Wash your face gently but briskly, perhaps using a gentle scrub. Apply moisturizer — maybe a little extra — and sunscreen. Apply a little foundation with a brush to even out skin tone, or you can go with tinted moisturizer. (Bonus points if you have time to use a primer before the foundation.)

Conceal the Problems
Light-reflecting concealers work beautifully to hide under-eye circles. Place a few tiny dabs of product under your eyes, and dab with a sponge to blend (Do not rub and pull at that sensitive under-eye skin!), and get ready to witness a huge difference. Light-reflecting concealers may actually bring attention to blemishes, however, so be wary about using it to cover imperfections up. Using a fine-tipped concealer brush, lightly dab your blemish with a concealer to help make it vanish.

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Make Your Eyes Pop
Two words for you: eyelash curler. Eyelash curlers can take you from looking half asleep to completely alert. Sure, you could spend hours creating a perfectly blended, shadowed eye, but if you need to get out the door, curling your eyelashes and applying mascara will give go a long way to making you look wide awake.

Add Color
A wash of color on the cheeks and lips is the cherry on top of your fresh-faced look. Cream blushes and cheek stains are a lovely way to give a long-wearing flush to the cheeks without looking garish or dated, and I love how they give you that just-in-from-the-cold flush. As for your pout, sheer lip glosses and lipsticks are your best bet for ensuring a natural finish.

What are your favorite makeup secrets for looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?



Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” “ABC Nightlineand in The New York Times.

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For brown eyes, I use a lightly colored eyeliner such as a cream or off white color directly on bottom and top lids. Don't let liner get on lashes. Eyelids white, Lashes Black. Works great!

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