How to Look Awake, Even If You’re Exhausted

Children who won’t stay in their beds, watching 1 or 10 too many episodes on Netflix, having to get up before the sun. There are many reasons why you and your face could be looking terribly tired.

Put these How to Look Awake quick tips in your bag of tricks and you’ll be looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed no matter how many hours of sleep you didn’t get last night. Sidenote: NEVER tell anyone they look tired! You might as well be saying they look like sh*t…

a Fresh Face of Makeup

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Take Care of Your Skin


Neglecting your skin can make you look exhausted, even when you’ve had that magical 8 hours of beauty rest. Rest is obviously important, but following a great skincare regimen is too. When getting up in the morning, wash your face. The water will help wake you up and a good cleanse will leave you feeling refreshed.

Maintain Moisture


Dryness could be the culprit of dull, tired-looking skin. Especially around the eye area. Moisturizing your entire face, specifically the delicate under-eye area is key if you’re needing a little help looking awake.

Start with a cooling/depuffing stick under your eyes and follow that up with a brightening eye cream. This will give unwanted puffiness and dark circles the 1-2 punch. Hydrate the rest of your face with pleasant-smelling moisturizer. Mornings can be hectic, taking advantage of a little aromatherapy can help keep you calm and positive.

Full Coverage is Your Friend

Fresh Face of Makeup Foundation

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Grab a full coverage foundation and concealer, these two tools will give you a flawless and fresh face. If you have combination to oily skin, go for a matte or velvet finish.

If your skin leans more towards the dry side, go for a foundation with a natural finish. A smooth, even complexion will provide the perfect base to highlight key points of your face and give it that fresh look you’re seeking.

Bright Eyes

Fresh Face of Makeup Looking Down

Now that you’ve laid the foundation with cooling sticks, eye creams, and concealers, it’s time to put the icing on the cake. Set the black eyeliner aside, there is no need for it this morning! Instead, grab a neutral, shimmering eyeshadow. I like sandy-beige colors for myself, but try to pick something that’s pretty close to your natural skin tone.

Applying this splash of shimmer to your eyelids will give them a dewy, effortless look. Then, apply a dramatic, lengthening mascara ONLY to your upper lash line. This will open your eyes right up!

Fake that You’re Awake

Fresh Face of Makeup Brighten

To brighten your eyes even more and make them look impossibly rested, line your waterline with white eyeliner. Your waterline is the area between your eyelashes and your eye.

Take a look at the photo above again to see exactly what I’m talking about. This is like photoshopping your eyes in real life. It instantly wakes up your look no matter how exhausted you may have woken up looking. Skip the mascara on your lower lashes and run out the door or freshen up a tad bit more.

Freshen With a Flush of Color

Fresh Face of Makeup Cheeks

I love full coverage foundations, but they can leave your face looking a little flat. To truly get that Fresh Face look, add a subtle pop of color to your cheeks. Normally I go for a mauve or rose blush, but for a fresher, brighter look I’d recommend something with a sunnier tone. Find what flatters you the most, I’ve found that creamy, sherbert shades compliment and brighten my light, olive skin tone.

Shine Some Light

Fresh Face of Makeup Highlighter

Add the finishing touches to your fresh face by highlighting your face in key places. First, grab a shimmering highlighter. Next, blend it into the tops of your cheeks bones and up around the outer corners of your eyes. Then, blend a thin line of that same highlighter halfway down the bridge of your nose. Lastly, swipe on your shiniest, most shimmering lip gloss and light up those lips.

Have a Beautiful Day

Fresh FAce of Makeup Smile (1)

Take a look in the mirror and try not to be shocked by your gorgeous fresh face! I find that following these steps helps me not only look but feel refreshed and rested. But, even if you do still feel tired after adding these tips and tricks to your morning routine, you won’t look it!

What How to Look Awake tricks do you use to give yourself a fresh face in the morning?

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  1. January 22, 2020 / 10:14 pm

    Wow thank you for the thorough and honest review. It was very helpful and informative. This is my first time reading your reviews and will continue to read more.

  2. March 7, 2019 / 4:51 pm

    I’m someone who feels awake when I do my makeup even if I’m not going out. Just the feeling of looking awake makes me feel awake haha.

    • Morgan Celeste
      March 7, 2019 / 5:20 pm

      Same!!! 😊

    • Morgan Celeste
      March 5, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you so much! That is exactly what I was going for!

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