Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated June 22, 2020)
It's just a fact of adulthood: you will always be tired. Don't you often wish that we could transfer naptimes from kindergarten (when you never think you need them) to later in life? So many times I've wanted to pause time for a minute and just take a quick nap. Alas, there is no way to stop time, however much it may be needed.
Unfortunately we also have to deal with the tired traces, meaning the dark circles, the sometimes bloodshot eyes, and that overall tired feeling. I hate it when people come up to me and say "How are you? You sure do look tired." Thank you so much. I'm glad to know I look like a wreck. Is there a way to avoid those sometimes well-intentioned comments altogether and at least put on the appearance that you're not as tired as you are? The answer is yes, there is a way!
There are a couple different tactics you can take when tackling your tired looks. The first is with makeup. Makeup is a magical tool sometimes and when applied correctly, can make all the difference in your appearance. You want to brighten up those dark circles with a bit of concealer and some highlighting cream. Just dab a bit of highlighter under your eyes and soften it up a bit with some concealer. Follow that up with applying your regular foundation. Be careful with the makeup approach because you don't want it to be obvious; the whole point of using makeup to offset a tired appearance is that it won't be noticeable so you don't want people to notice something else not-so-attractive. Use just enough highlighter and concealer to offset the dark circles, but not enough to look scary.
The other tactic you can take with looking less tired is through your attitude. It may seem a little far-fetched, but if you act lively and on top of things (even if you don't always feel that way), people will notice your personality and attitude more than they're notice your dark circles. Sometimes pretending vivacity is hard, so take care of yourself as much as you can. If you can't get the sleep you should, eat well and exercise if possible. If you take care of yourself as much as possible, then it will show and people will notice you more than your tiredness.
There are few times when I'm completely and entirely awake. There are almost always times when I could lie down and go to sleep on the spot, but I don't like people to know how tired I am just from looking at me. There are tactics I can use to fool people and sometimes even fool myself. Try the makeup trick and if you need a little extra boost to feign attentiveness, then pretend!
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