No one wants to hear that they look tired. Whether it’s a fun night out with the girls, a looming deadline at work or you’ve been up all night with the kids, BBx’s Grace reveals some of her favourite tricks to hide bags, dark circles and less-than-glowing skin, so you can fake it till you make it:

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WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO

If getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle, try Aromatherapy Associates’ Revive Body Wash. Grapefruit, peppermint and neroli are expertly blended in this refreshing and invigorating gel – I use it every morning and love the spring it adds to my step!

A CAFFEINE BOOST

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser is a lightweight, oil-free formula that instantly hydrates, containing skin-boosting ginseng and coffee beans to jumpstart lack-lustre skin. The morning after cocktails with the girls, I grab this to ensure a healthy, vibrant complexion and no-one in the Birchbox office is any the wiser.

EXCESS BAGGAGE

The first sign of a bad night’s sleep is often tired eyes, but there are a few quick fixes that can help. If you’re suffering from red or puffy eyes, pop a gel mask into the fridge for an hour or so to de-puff and reduce redness. An eye-brightening concealer, like Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Eye Brightener, has pink undertones to cancel out the blue-purple shades that crop up under weary eyes.

For on-going eye care, dr. brandt’s Time Arrest Eye Serum is a high-tech hydrating and reconstructing treatment that decreases the appearance of under-eye bags and fine lines. Pat around the orbital bone with your ring finger – which uses the most gentle pressure – morning and night.

BUSHY EYED, BUSHY TAILED

Long fluttery lashes open up the eyes and make them appear more awake. Laura Mercier’s Long Lash Mascara lifts the shortest of lashes and holds a curl all day without budging.

LIVELY SKIN

Blusher is key for transforming dull, lifeless skin – a pop of colour on the cheeks will freshen up any complexion. Liz Earle Beauty Co.’s Healthy Glow Cream Blush does exactly what it says on the tin – nourishing vitamin E helps this creamy formula glide onto cheeks for a dewy, healthy finish. Nectar, a vibrant rose, is my go-to ‘wake me up’ shade.

For extra glow, add a light-reflecting illuminator to the high points of your face, like the tops of cheeks and brow bones. theBalm Cosmetics Mary Lou-Manizer contains a finely-pigmented shimmer that easily – and subtly! – blends into the skin.

Let us know your must-have products for faking a good night’s sleep in the comments below!

– Grace

(Image: Rust-neversleeps, Pinterest)