At this time of year it is all too easy to look and feel tired. While a splash of cold water can help to make you appear livelier and slathering moisturiser on can make your skin look dewier, some make-up applied strategically will make you look well rested.
Here are some tips from make-up maestro Terry Barber, Mac’s director of make-up artistry.
To make your eyes look lifted, Terry’s top tip is to brush brows up. Fill in any gaps with a pencil or powder, whichever you prefer.
“Curl your lashes,” says Terry. “This will open up your eyes.”
If, like me, you do not like the idea of using a lash curler, try a mascara such as Mac Gigablack Lash (£15) to create curl.
To hide dark circles, Terry advises applying a concealer in a banana shape under the eyes. “Don’t go too close to the eyes,” he adds.
Do not apply concealer over any fine lines or crows-feet, it will only sink into them and make them look worse.
Ensure your concealer matches your skin tone exactly otherwise you will end up drawing more attention to yourself. MAC has a good range.
Another one that works for me is Clarins Instant Concealer 01 (£21.50). It brightens the under-eye area and is long-lasting. It also does not draw attention to fine lines. Those that have dry skin should moisturise well before applying.
Terry’s trick to make eyes look more wide awake is to use a neutral soft shimmer eye shadow in the inner corners of the eyes. Clinique All About Shadow Singles in Sugar Cane (£16) is ideal.
You can also try Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector (£25.50) to make you look more wide awake.
A dusting of rosy blusher, not too ruddy, says Terry will add life to your complexion.
My favourite is Bobbi Brown Blush in Pastel Pink (£19.50). This pretty pinky-lilac powder melts into my skin giving the effect of being lit within.
Finish with a lip balm to give your lips a healthy sheen and to prevent them from drying out.
By Daralyn Danns