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I just got off a crazy 24h work trip and these tips are tried and tested -the best way to look good is to get your sleep when you can- but these tips keep you looking fresh and away even when you could sleep standing up!

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A good night’s sleep on a regular basis will keep you looking rejuvenated. However, for those nights when this isn’t possible, there are still options to keep you from looking like a zombie the day after. Here are a few simple tips for beating the puffy eyes.

 

Feed your fatigue

 

The right foods for breakfast can energise you and help you to look less drained. Blueberries, apples and tea are great for relaxing arteries and increasing blood flow. This can help return colour to your face and keep you more alert by providing your face and eyes with a fresh source of oxygen.

 

Cut back on coffee

 

Whilst a cup of strong coffee will temporarily energise you, too much coffee throughout the day can have the adverse effect. The caffeine will constantly pump your body with adrenalin, which can make you overly alert to the point that you can’t focus on any one thing for too long. Too much caffeine can also trigger the stress hormone cortisol which makes your skin more reactive to spots and allergic reactions. On top of this, too much caffeine throughout the day can affect your sleep the following night – so you could end up back in the exact same situation.

 

Fix up with a cold flannel

 

Soaking your face with a cold flannel is an easy way to reduce the puffiness under your eyes. The cold water will constrict blood vessels which cause the bags under our eyes. Do this in the morning and throughout the day and the swelling will be kept at bay.

 

Clear up your complexion with cosmetics

 

Many people will choose to mask their tiredness with make-up. Your eyes are the most common place where tiredness shows and where bags appear will depend largely on the shape of your face. Various cosmetics such as V shape face serum can help to hide those bags, taking the shape of you face into account. Special eye creams meanwhile can also have the same effect as a cold flannel.

 

For bringing colour to a pallid face, blushers and concealers are ideal for the job. Choose warm tones that will give your face that glow, but be aware of going overboard. When considering concealers, peach may look more natural than full-on yellow (obviously dependent on your skin tone).

 

Finally, you can top of the whole look with a refresher spray that will help to hide any dryness. It’s useful to keep these sprays in the fridge so that they will be cool, helping to bring down the puffiness.

 

Curl your lashes

 

Your lashes can also make a huge difference. Curled lashes make your eyes look more open, giving the impression that you’re more awake. Lengthening mascara can also be used on top of this to make your eyes even bigger.

 

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