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How to look Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed :) #FOTD

27 October 2013 0 comments

There's nothing I like more in a daytime look than looking wide awake, fresh and radiant. Especially if I'm not feeling particularly perky from, say, celebrating my birthday the night before.....?

There are a number of things that I love to do on a "morning after the night before" to get myself looking and feeling much better :)


I usually can't bear to splash water on my face on these kinds of mornings but going through a good few cotton pads of a micellar and toner makes me feel refreshed and I make sure I take off any stray bits of mascara or liner that may have survived from the previous night. Today I used Bioderma and The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner, which smells delicious.

If I've been good then I've remembered to put some cotton pads dipped in water into the fridge or freezer the night before. The likelihood is that I haven't and so I'll shuffle downstairs in my slippers and pop some in the freezer now. After around 5 minutes, take them out and put them over your eyes. The cold should take down some of the puffiness or redness and just feels relaxing.

Now I like to add some much needed hydration to my skin. I usually like to just rip open a sheet mask, pop that on my face, put on a little too much lipbalm and lie around for 10 minutes; minimal effort. Today I used the My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid sheet mask and Chanel's Rouge Coco Baume so I didn't have to stick my finger in a pot of lipbalm!


After 10 or so minutes (or however long it takes you to persuade yourself to get up again..) my skin is feeling so much better than it did when I woke up; now onto makeup.
Less. Is. More. Honestly, you'll feel even worse trying to just cover everything over by smothering your face in makeup! I choose a light, nourishing base like Olay's Total Effects CC cream (check out my review because it is the most fabulous thing ever!) and if I can be bothered, add a teensy bit of concealer on any blemishes. (Today I've used Vichy Dermablend) With any luck, my skin is looking glowy from the previous 3 steps and so I don't bother with highlighter or blush. I would recommend you use these products if you usually do and they make you feel better. Some people can looked washed out without blush; I think I have enough rosyness in my cheeks as it is!


For eyes; anything to make them look round. Add a thin line of liner if you want to add some definition. I've been super naughty and left my individual lashes I was wearing the night before.. but otherwise i'd curl my lashes a lot and focus a little mascara on the center of my eye; top and bottom, in an attempt to open my eyes up a bit.


The next tip is a godsend. A pale liner on the waterline makes allllllllll the difference! I don't do this everyday by any means but when I'm looking bleary-eyed and my eyes look all red and tired, this somehow just magics it all away! I never use white because it's far too harsh but Stila, Rimmel, MUFE all do good nudes/champagne colours. Today I've used MAC's Chromographic pencil in NC15/NW20 and Chanel's Waterproof liner in 102 Beryl which is the prettiest pale lilac colour.

To finish off the eyes, fill in your brows if you usually do and dab a pale, shimmery colour onto the inner corners; a famously favourite trick to open up the eyes. I've used Benefit's Shimmer Powder in Miss Moon but I often switch it up with Stila's Kitten shadow or MAC's Phloof/Nylon/Vanilla pigment.


You can wipe off the excess lipbalm now. I reach for something light, nourishing and restorative, in today's case it's my go to lipstick by Boots 17 in Belle with a dab of Estee Lauder's 31 Wild Lilac lipgloss on top. More often than not I just stick with the lipbalm :)

And tadaaaaaa, I look normal again and not dead :) I'd also recommend tying your hair back as getting it off your face makes you look more awake. 

Hope you've enjoyed and let me know if there are any things you do to feel and look bright-eyed and bushy- tailed!