With round two of midterms upon us and finals only a few weeks away, not to mention all the papers, projects, and quizzes in between, everyone’s beauty routine seems to be taking a beating. Sleepless nights spent in the library not only leave you feeling exhausted but, unfortunately, looking it too. Here’s a few tried-and-true tricks and tips to get you and your face through the final push of the semester.
Your eyes can be one of the hardest hit areas, with dark circles and puffiness appearing rather quickly when your diet consists of only coffee and Red Bull.
For puffiness, make up artist Kristin Gallegos recommends placing spoons in the freezer for ten minutes and holding them under your eye until they’re no longer cold. This early morning home remedy can be an instant remedy, but if you prefer to purchase your under eye fix Garnier’s Anti-Puff Eye Roller Gel is a great choice. Loaded with caffeine and glycerin, and ready to go right when you need it, this product shows fast results when you’re late for class.
For those pesky dark circles, moisturizing is sure to help. Apply a solid layer of moisturizer in the morning, especially if you put makeup on after, and after you wash your face at night. This is especially important for the ladies- if you’re skin isn’t properly moisturized, any concealing efforts will be in vain. Dry skin means streaky concealer that settles into those fine lines you’ve been building up in the UL, which oftentimes makes dark circles even worse. Allure named Aveeno’s Positively Radiant as their favorite daily moisturizer for regular skin and Olay Professional for those with an oily skin type. Both have SPF 15 or greater, an important feature when protecting your skin long term in any season.
If you use make up to look alive like so many of us do, there’s a few things to remember.
For your under eye concealer, a yellow tone is best for balancing out the purple tones of dark circles. Using a cream concealer is your best option, Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer is a personal and professional favorite. even oxidized foundation can work. Simply let your foundation sit out for a minute or two, allowing the pigment to concentrate, and a concealer to develop. Regardless of what concealer you choose to use, if you apply foundation as well make sure you apply it before the concealer. If you apply foundation after, you simply wipe away all the work you’ve done with the concealer. Afterwards, seal it all with a translucent powder to ensure it stays on through the day.
Brightening up your skin with make up is easy and brings back a freshness to your face. White eyeliner in your eye’s inner corner brings anyone back from the dead. Simply apply it to the inner corner, but be sure to blend it slightly with your finger or a brush, and instantly open up your eye making your eyes look bigger and you more awake. When picking a liner, choose your normal brand and one you know works best for you. A pencil is best for this purpose.
Highlighters, bronzers and blushes are another great tool for waking up your skin. For those of us with fair skin, a light highlighter with some shimmer, such as MACs Mineralizer Skinfinisher, placed on the cheeks and nose can draw light to all the right places. Bronzer’s and blushes can both brighten and bring some color to your skin, so choose what option works best for you! However, with the recent chilly weather a natural flush is practically guaranteed.
Lip color is another great option- any way to bring color to your face can help you to look healthier and more awake. Keep your face neutral, beyond your highlighter and brightened eyes, by leaving out heavy liners and shadows and in place do a bright pink or coral lipstick or stain. Choose the brand that works best for you, it’s all about what’s quick, easy, and comfortable for you. Notice how people always add that you look pale when they say you look sick or tired? Bring a little color into the equation and you’ll see a difference.
The best way to look healthy, however, is to be healthy! School is important but so is your health and well-being, so make sure you get at least some sleep, try to eat well and make sure to drink lots of water. Staying hydrated and as well rested as you can during these stressful weeks leading up to December is your best bet at looking, and far more importantly, feeling your best. Your skin will thank you, trust me. But as they say, you gotta fake it ‘til you make it. Until you can spend a solid month in bed at home over break, use these tricks to get by!