British summertime is officially here- the clocks have gone back, days are getting longer and hopefully the temperature is getting warmer, which is all good. But I have missed that hours sleep. This is mostly because I didn’t realise that my phone adjusted itself automatically, so got up earlier than I needed to, but basically I don’t feel especially well-rested this weekend.
Luckily, the wonders of beauty products and make up can help me fake that wide awake, full nights sleep effect. With a few clever tricks and products, you can hide your late nights so that first thing Monday morning no one will ever know what you have been up to all weekend.
Firstly, some refreshing eye drops can hide a whole manner of sins. Quickly quenching dry eyes, and brightening them, doing half of the hard work for you.
Next, use No7 Stay Perfect Brightening eye base (£7.80) all over the eye area (under the eyes as well). I have recently discovered this product and find that the creamy pink colour really does brighten the eye area and the lightly moisturising texture softens any lines and creates a good foundation for makeup. The only downside to this product is that it does tend to fall into the creases of the eye lid/under eye area as the day goes on, but usually a dusting of powder will help keep in place.
Once the eye area is looking brighter, then touch up the inner corners with an under-eye concealer such as the classic YSL Touche Eclat (£22) and set with either a light translucent powder, or some Benefit Powderflage (see earlier review).
This should leave you with bright sparkly eyes, but to give them a real ‘pop’ effect then you need mascara. Try Christian Dior Diorshow Mascara (£18), or No7 Extreme Length mascara (£11.80). For extra oomph, try a champagne shimmer eyeshadow across the lid.
A dusting of bronzer or blush and you are good to go.