Two make-up mistakes that make you look even more tired

Natalie Cornish
·2-min read
Photo credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto
Photo credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto

From Harper's BAZAAR

Considering the challenges we're facing daily, it's perhaps unsurprising that we're looking and feeling a little more exhausted than usual right now.

Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to instantly perk up a dull and sleepy complexion. In a recent interview with Red, Chanel beauty ambassador and make-up artist Kay Montano shared her tips for waking up a tired face – and they included, surprisingly, swerving two make-up bag essentials.

"Tread carefully with bronzer," advised Montano. "Most women think it will add warmth to a fatigued complexion; the opposite is true."

"Matte, muddy colours on cheeks can actually emphasise tiredness-related sallowness. It looks more natural to add luminosity with a dewy highlighter, such as Chanel's Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick in Transparent. I rub a little on my fingers, then lightly pat it up and over cheekbones."

Montano is also a big fan of the transformative effect of blusher when you're tired. "Pink creates the impression of youth and vitality. For an even application, I use a small, round blusher brush to buff a splash of colour on to the apples of the cheeks. It's such a simple step to your make-up routine, but it will add instant freshness to your complexion."


She also swaps heavy eyeliner for soft eyeshadow to perk up tired eyes, and swears by two affordable tools: an eyebrow brush and eyelash curlers, to make her look more awake.

Montano explained: "It's the details that make a difference. Thick dark eyeliner drawn underneath the eye makes you look more tired, while soft, satin-textured eyeshadow will open up the eye area. Even brushing eyebrow hairs up and using eyelash curlers before you apply mascara will help you feel more fresh-faced than you might be feeling."

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