- Moisturize- Working in a hospital setting often caused dehydrated skin from air conditioning and dry air. Before you apply makeup, it is critical to moisturize to prevent the dreaded cake face.
- Deflating Puffy Eyes- This is the time where refrigerated eye cream, eye rollerballs or cold metal spoons come in handy to help deflate puffy, tired eyes.
- Light Base- The lighter the base, the better your skin will look. If you have good skin, I would highly recommend a tinted moisturizer or BB cream to mimic dewy, healthy skin. If you cannot part with foundation, I would recommend a foundation with a little bit of glowyness to it. A matte, heavy foundation will make your skin look more dragged out and tired. My favorite tinted moisturizer is the NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and my favorite satin-finish foundation is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation.
- Glowy Primer- My favorite primer ever, the L'Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer is fantastic for adding some life back into your face. Any sort of luminizer will help reflect light from your face and help make you look more awake.
- Conceal those Bags- Using a light, but pigmented concealer is one of the best ways to disguise tired eyes. I absolutely adore the Maybelline Age Rewind Undereye Circle Eraser for covering the bluest of undereye bags. Make sure to use a thin layer to avoid looking cakey. Yellow toned concealers are best for concealing dark bags.
- Flushed Cheeks- A pretty flush of blush on the cheeks really helps to make you look more lively and less tired. I personally love pink blush to brighten up the complexion and add some color back into your face. One of my favorite blushes for this is the Joe Fresh Cream Blush in Blossom.
- Go Easy on the Powder- I would recommend using powder sparingly. An overpowdered face makes you look cakey and more tired. If possible, stick to applying powder to the T-zone.
- Simple Eye Makeup- A shimmery gold or champagne eyeshadow is bascially all you need to brighten up the eye area. Applying a nude eye liner to the waterline will help combat red eyes. A coat of black mascara also helps to open up the eyes. If you cannot go without eyeliner, stick to lining just the upper lid.
- Lip Balm- Keep your lips moisturized with a simple lip balm. Tinted balms (such as the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm) help to keep your lips moisturized and add a sheer pop of color to the lips.
What are your tips to look more lively after a night shift? Let me know in the comments below!
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