Late nights and early mornings are par for the course in many professional jobs, but you can’t show up to your job looking like you just pulled an all-nighter. Looking fresh as a daisy (or as fresh as you can) is part of presenting yourself to your clients, constituents and employers as a person who has her job covered. Here are some of my favorite tips for faking a good night’s sleep:
Dry Shampoo. Fifteen minutes of sleep is a precious luxury that can be yours if you know how to use dry shampoo. One of the mistakes women make with dry shampoo is using it like hairspray; this is incorrect. Instead, spray it directly on the roots, focusing areas near the face and crown. Once you have it applied, brush it through the hair thoroughly. Style in your favorite quick updo.
Conceal and Highlight. L’Oreal Age Rewind concealer is the best under-eye concealer ever invented. I layer it under my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder to brighten and illuminate. Looking for an under-$20 equivalent? Try Mally Setting Powder.
Mascara. If you’re goal is to minimize under-eye darkness, skip the mascara on your bottom lashes. Apply it extra thick to the top lashes only.
Blush. In addition to hiding the under-eye darkness away, you also need to brighten your whole face. The easiest way to do this is by applying a bright pink blush to the apple of your cheeks. I like Bobbi Brown blush in Pale Pink or Nectar. If you need a drugstore product, try Sonia Kashuk blush in Flamingo or Flushed.
Clothing Choices. When you’re not feeling your best, your first instinct might be to reach for a less-than stellar outfit. Instead, wear your favorite outfit. You’ll feel better about yourself and project confidence. Also, if you’re feeling tired and blah, wearing bright colors can make you look more alive. This bright pink blouse from Sugar Lips is a good choice, or this yellow sleeveless dress.
Other tips? Hydrate, and no, drinking coffee doesn’t count. Also, if your late night including alcohol, try Alka Seltzer Wake-Up Call. I also recommend Emergen-C as an alternative to caffeine, I think it’s the B-vitamins. Lastly, stay moving. Sitting will make you tired, so schedule a few minutes every half-hour to get up and walk around, it always helps me.