Amidst the stress of finals, we have little time to keep up with our Netflix queues, much less sleep. We might slack on our #OOTD posts (because we’re wearing full-on sweats every day), give up on eating healthily (hello, Easy Mac!), and definitely could use some more zzz’s. But thanks to some handy beauty products, we can do our best to hide the bags under our eyes and appear alert!
Use an exfoliator first thing to wake up your skin and revitalize. The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash from Philosophy ($28) is packed with antioxidants that will refresh your skin and restore moisture.
2. Caffeinated eye cream
We all know that caffeine can give us a necessary boost in the morning, so why not put it under your eyes to reduce the appearance of bags? L’Oréal Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment ($19.99) will do the trick. It will also help prevent wrinkles and lift the under-eye area so you don’t have to worry about having tired-looking eyes.
3. Eye makeup
On nights out (because yes, you need a break every now and then during finals week), combat the look of tired eyes with blue eyeliner or eyeshadow to brighten the whites of your eyes. We like Colorful By Craig & Karl‘s bright eyeshadow duo ($12).
Skin can get pale and dry after lack of sleep. Wake up your skin with Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer ($6.99), which will replenish your skin with cucumber and green mango extracts.
5. Chill out
Next time you shower, don’t turn up the hot water as much as you normally would. Cool water will stimulate your skin and get your circulation going. Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash ($8) will add to the cooling shower with its energizing properties.
6. Rosy cheeks
Look happy and alert with blush or bronzer. We like NARS’s The Multiple ($39) stick because the product is versatile and goes on super smooth.
7. BB cream
Ditch your powdery foundation on days when you’ve missed some sleep. It’ll help you achieve a dewier, more natural look. Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream ($7.44) will brighten your complexion and give you a good, well-rested glow.
8. Under-eye concealer
There’s nothing like a good concealer to help us hide dark circles. Smashbox’s High Definition Concealer ($23) has special cell rejuvenating properties as well as light-defecting pearls to make your skin as radiant as it can be.
Highlighter helps you emphasize the parts of your face that you want to catch the light. Watt’s Up! by Benefit Cosmetics ($30) is a cream-to-powder solution that gives you a fresh, champagne-y glow!
How will you fool everyone into think you got enough sleep this exam week, collegiettes?