Obviously it's not all about appearances but sometimes all you want to do is make it through the day without having to answer a million prying questions or have everyone ask "Are you okay? You don't look well..."
So in the spirit of 'fake it till you make it', here are 4 easy ways to look a whole lot better than you feel:
Curl your lashes.
Nothing makes me look more awake and doe-eyed than when I curl my lashes. If I've been crying or lacking in the sleep department you can bet I'm rocking some sad little droopy lashes. Praise whoever invented eyelash curlers because they really fix that.
You don't even need to reach for a mascara if you don't want to, for me just the process of curling my lashes really opens up my eyes and perks up my face. Wait, can a face even be 'perky'...? You know what I mean.
I'd recommend: Shiseido Eyelash Curler.
I've never tried the famous Shu Emura curler but I can vouch for the Shiseido one and say that it curls my stubborn lashes like a breeze. It's also wide enough that it fits the entirety of my lashes, meaning I never have to curl them more than once and there's no uncomfortable 'pinching' feeling. I find clamping down on my lashes for around 10 seconds to do the trick.
Don't skimp on the highlighter.
There's nothing worse than feeling and looking just 'blah' and I find the best way to fix that is highlighters.
Adding a few swipes of glow to the cheeks combats any dullness and it brings the focus to your cheekbones. Have you ever said someone's cheekbones look tired? Nope. I find highlighters really bring some light back into my face for that cliche but I-actually-want-it-so-bad "healthy" look.
I'd recommend: *Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone).
'Moonstone' is my go-to shade because it's not too pink or too yellow toned which means it looks very natural on my fair skin. It's also pearlescent rather than glittery so when it hits the light you get that glow effect, minus the shimmer of a disco ball. Formula wise it's finely milled and almost buttery to apply but it's still a powder so you can easily layer this with other products as well. Around 3 swipes to the top of my cheekbones and I swear my cheekbones look better than the rest of my face combined. Somebody please sound the holy 'ahhh' music.
#3-Use concealer as your weapon.
You can do your normal concealer routine no problem, but if you're not feeling well then chances are there's an area of your face that will be your biggest telltale sign. Dark circles are my Mum's downfall and for me it's redness around the nose after crying. Some strategic concealing is by far the easiest way to combat that. Grab your concealer and any small concealer brush you have and just pinpoint cover any 'problem' areas to even everything out, resisting the urge to smother your face in concealer like I sometimes want to do.
I'd recommend: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.
#4-And finally, skip the contour. As satisfying as it is to sit there sculpting your face, save the hollowed out cheekbones and chiseled jawline for another day- leave it to Kimmy K for now.
What are your top tips for looking better than you feel?
*Product gifted for review purposes. Honest opinions always!