A burst of cold water, a flick of mascara and a shot of caffeine all help to make us feel our best before stepping out for the day. There are some more ways to fake well-rested, youthful skin for those days when your face gives away just how few Z’s you got. These tips are our pleasurable ways to clear the cobwebs so you look as energised as humanly possible.
DO you want a face-lift that costs nothing, takes only five minutes and doesn’t involve a scalpel? Enter, the high ponytail. By pulling hair up into a ponytail high enough that it can be seen from the front, opens up the face, tightens facial features and emphasizes eyes, eyebrows and cheekbones.
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How To…Brighten Eyes
Your eyes are one of the first places to show signs of ageing – and when you haven’t gotten enough shut eye.
SAGGY skin around the eyes is a problem for most women over the age of 30, but taking care of them should start way before that. Look for products with retinol, antioxidants and peptides to grow, stimulate and retain collagen production and also reduce wrinkles.
Revitalift Laser Renew Precision Eye Cream: R259.95, L’Oreal Paris
UNDER eye puffiness can be cause by various factors, including: allergies, dehydration and lack of sleep. If bags are a persistent problem, re-evaluate your sleep schedule and stay away from salty foods. And don’t forget to drink water! For a solution with a punch, use anti-oxidant rich eye pad treatments.
Ultravine Contouring Retinol Eye Pads (Set Of Three): R211, Theravine
THE skin under our eyes is the thinnest skin in the body, which means that blood passing through the veins close to the surface can show up as a bluish or purplish tint. Hiding these unsightly circles is easy with the help of a few make-up miracle workers. Apply a concealer under the eyes and blend well into the skin. Dust a soft, light-reflecting powder over concealer. Its radiance catches the light perfectly, adding lift and vibrance.
Skin Soothing Powdery Concealer: R110, By HEAN, Glamore
TIP: Swop black and brown liner for dark blue. Apply on just the center of the lash line,
“dot” the tip of the pencil in between your lashes.
Always On Gel Eye Liner: R275, Smashbox
SHIMMERY eye shadows brighten up eyes. Champagne coloured shadow on lids is our favourite. Focusing this brightening shade on the inner corner makes the eye appear wider and more awake.
Forever Eye Colour Crayon: R360, Mii Cosmetics
WASH Yourself Awake with Dove’s Go Fresh Body Wash (R33.95). The indulgent body wash offers a refreshingly light sensation with a crisp and soothing scent of cucumber and green tea. Spend the last 30 seconds of your shower blasting cold water. This temporary tightening allows blood to flow at a higher pressure, which is great for cardiovascular health. At the very least, your blood will be pumping, and your skin will appear as refreshed as ever.
It’s no secret that curling your lashes and applying mascara can open up your eyes and make you look well rested. The key is to focus on your inner eyelashes – the ones closest to your nose. This creates more of a doe-eyed look, opening swollen, tired eyes.
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TIP: Putting a light colour on your brow bone instantly makes you look
more awake and draws the eye upward, creating a lifted appearance.
SCHWARTZKOPF’s BC Excellium Plumping Shampoo (R249) gently cleanses and restores the youthfulness of hair while preserving hair colour. It contains Q10 and Collagen that helps to bodify, refill and strengthen limp hair, improve elasticity and support shape while energising the roots for re-plumped hair.
EXFOLIATION brings oxygenated blood flow to the surface for an instant glow. Do it with a treatment that contains dull-skin dissolving enzymatic fruit acids.
Glyco Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask: R625, REN
Eau de Energy
FOR the ultimate perfume experience, we suggest Green Tea Mimosa Eau de Toilette (R445) from Elizabeth Arden. Invigorating top notes of Green Tea intermingling with lively citrus gives you the wake-up call you need every morning. Apply perfume to warm skin: pulse points such as your neck, wrist, inner parts of the elbows and the back of knees.
TIP: DIFFUSE a cloud of perfume in the air and walk through. Hair is an excellent perfume carrier.
Highlight and Contour
THIS is probably a no-brainer for make-up fundi’s, but pushing forward the features you love and diminishing the ones you’re less fond of can add much needed light to the face, and no one will ever know you had less than three hours of sleep!
Insta Conceal & Contour: R159.95, Rimmel London