5 Products to Make You Look Less Tired

DSC_0317It’s the middle of the week and I don’t know about you but I’m already exhausted. Between working full time, keeping the house up together, getting to the gym, blogging full time and having a social life it’s about this time in the week where I start to look like I’ve skipped some of my beauty sleep (mainly because I have actually skipped out on a lot of sleep). If like me, you’re looking for a couple of ways to look a little less tired, I’ve got five products that are guaranteed to perk up those eyes which are always the first to show signs of fatigue.


1.) If you read my COLOUR CORRECTING MADE EASY post you’ll know I love to use a peach coloured concealer to help counteract discolouration under the eyes. I recommend the LA Girl Pro Conceal in Nude to pop on under your concealer to make things a little brighter and those bags a little harder to see. I pop mine on straight from the squeezy brush tip applicator before blending in with my fingers.


2.) If there’s one thing that will instantly make your eyes appear less tired it’s an illuminating concealer. My favourite in my collection has to be my Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand. This nifty dual-ended product comes with a tightening eye cream on one end, which is truly magic and a light reflecting concealer on the other. I reviewed this product in full HERE – so head on over to that blog post for close up before and afters!

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3.) One super affordable product that will instantly brighten up the eyes and has been the secret of makeup artists for years is a nude eyeliner. When eyes are tired and red the waterline can be one of the first tell-tell signs that you haven’t had your forty winks. I absolutely love the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in the shade Nude. I simply run this across my waterline and watch my eyes instantly appear more awake and wider. This is also a great trick if you feel as though smokey eye looks close up for eyes.


4.) For extra illumination I love to use an intense highlighter all across my lids and in the inner corners of my eyes to ensure my eyes are sparkling. I use the theBalm’s Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer as it is the perfect champagne shade to really bring light right across the eyes. This product is of course perfect for adding a little sheen to the high points of the face also and so it’s great to have a product like this in your kit that is multi-use for days when you want a quick and easy, brightening look.

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5.) And finally in at number five is a product that I use every single day of my life, whether I’m wearing makeup or not; eyelash curlers. My favourites are the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers as they hug the eye perfectly and grab every lash gently lifting them and opening up the eye. If there is one product you add to your basket after reading this blog post – please make it lash curlers, I am well and truly addicted to mine. They seem to totally transform my eye shape and are always a fail safe way of making me look more awake all day long.


FotorCreatedSo there you have five tips to count on for a little midweek pick me up. Do you have any tricks you roll out when you’ve missed your beauty sleep? Let me know in the comments below!


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  • Laura

    This post has come at the perfect time for me! I’m looking more tired than ever at the mo so desperately need some miracle products in my life, will have to try a few of these (:

    L x


    • Glad to hear this came at the right time for you! Hope you get more shut eye soon!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Elizabeth

    Fantastic! What a difference you can see in the before and after photos.

    • I know! I actually look ill in the before photos! Thank you for commenting x

  • You do look much perkier in the second photo – I’ve just recently rediscovered curling my lashes! Funny how you get out of the habit of things like that.

    • It’s become a habit for me too! Thank you for commenting x

  • I have the nude eyeliner and use it everyday because don’t sleep enough either. Definitely going to give the Charlotte Tilbury wand a look at as well x

    • Hopefully you’ll be sleeping more soon!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    It is amazing how well these products work, I also use nude eyeliner which oddly, I can apply with no issue, give me a black version and I am suddenly Alice Cooper x

  • Erin Russell

    Wow the difference in both is incredible! and you have me wanting the LA concealers in peach now, I was going to wait on UD bring out their peach one! But I don’t know if I can wait now. Love your blog, and your photographs are stunning!


    • The UD one’s do look incredible, but these are so affordable and I’ve been very impressed!

      Thank you so much, I post five times weekly about all things beauty so keep checking back to see new posts :)

      Thank you for your comment x

  • Angela Milnes

    I could really do with some concealer. The bags under my eyes are terrible. This is just the post i needed to see.

    • Glad you liked the post Angela!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • Helen Clark

    Fab tips here, I’ll definitely be trying some of these out. I’d never thought to use Mary-Lou Manizer as an eyeshadow so can’t wait to try that! X

    • It’s great to pop in the centre of the lids over other shadows too as a pop of light!

      Thank you for your comment x

      • Helen Clark

        I’m going to try it out today :) thanks for the tip x

  • They really do make you look more awake and that is something I could really use. My eye bags are horrendous!

    • They are some of my favourite go-to products when I’m lacking in the sleep department!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Charli Louise Bruce

    What great tips, I can’t believe how bright eyed you look afterwards! xx

    • I know! They actually worked right?!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • great tips; i really need to work on my underline circles

    • They are some of the most stubborn things to cover, that’s why I love the colour correcting so much!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • I totally need to try all of this – I am so so tired at the moment and you can definitely tell by looking at me. x

    • Oh take care of yourself Sarah, try and get a little more shut eye! I’m glad you found my tips helpful!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Oh wow, if this can make me not look 42 and the mother of 3 girls then I’m in! Seriously the after effects do look great.

    • Haha Helen your comment had me laugh! I bet you’re knackered with three little ones!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • This is really helpful! I hate that just a few sleep disruptions cause me to have dark circles the entire day!

    • Glad you found the post helpful Liz!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • really helpful thank you , im always looking tired

    • Glad you found it helpful!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I need to try out these! My under eyes are so dark so I need all the help I can get x

    • I’m sure they’re not that bad!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Wow what a difference you did a great job there.

  • Lovely products you got here. Thanks for sharing.

    • Some great products, some really affordable and others super luxury – but it’s nice to treat yourself sometimes!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Shannon Ritchie

    As a student I need these to make me look more human after staying up late working haha! Great tips and products!

    • I know what you mean, back in my student days I wish I had these products to fall back on!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • Eloise Maoudj-Riley

    thank you for sharing this, I have those little sleep nights at times and look tired as heck the next day… I’ve been trying to find the best make up tricks to cover my tired eyes the next day!

    • Glad you found the post helpful, it’s good to have a could of products like these to fall back on!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Cassandra Mayers

    Oh wow, I so need these! I always have tired eyes!

    • Let me know if you try any of them out!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Some great tips here, I can look a little dull around the eyes some mornings but I tend to use YSL Touche Eclat foundation as a concealer under my eyes and across my lids for that little pick me up to help make my eyes look brighter. Thank you for the nude eyeliner tip by the way, I’m definitely going to pick up one of those! x

    • The Touché Eclat is a stunning product, I’ve just finished mine up or I would have included it in this post!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • Bex Smith

    I am definitely in need of these type of products right now..I look exhausted lol

    • Oh no Bex, sorry to hear you look exhausted at the moment! Fingers crossed you get some kip soon!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Laura

    Great to see the Charlotte Tilbury eye wand in action! I have The Retoucher and absolutely LOVE it xxx

  • Katie

    I love using a nude pencil on my waterline, it’s one of my favorite tips! I never thought of using a highlighter on my eyelid, it looks like it made a big difference x


  • Kira L Curtis

    Wow, I love how well it works! I seriously need to try this because I always have bags under my eyes!