Getting a full eight hours of sleep every single night is sadly probably close to impossible for most of us. Don’t get us wrong: It’s not for lack of trying (we really do try!). It’s just that life happens. And we all know that staying up late and not getting enough sleep leads to tired-looking eyes the next morning. Whether you were binge-watching the latest popular TV show or you accidently scrolled through your social media feeds for hours (hey, we’ve all been down this road before), your eyes are usually the first thing to give away the fact that you skimped on sleep the night before. The good news is, you can help your eyes appear brighter with a few easy makeup tricks. Want to help your eyes look fresh, no matter how late you stayed up the night before? We’ve compiled a list of our fave makeup tips and tricks that will give your eyes a brighter and refreshed look. Read on to see how you can look more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with products like concealer, nude eyeliner, and mascara.
STEP 1: DAB CONCEALER ON UNDER YOUR EYES
As we said before, your eyes can be a dead giveaway that you haven’t gotten enough shut-eye. Get the attention away from this area by using a concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, underneath your eyes to disguise dark circles. Because no one has to know you didn’t get enough sleep if you don’t want them to!
STEP 2: APPLY EYE SHADOW TO YOUR INNER CORNERS
Next up, it’s time to reach for a light shimmery eye shadow. Brighten the look of your eyes with a champagne shimmer eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Iced Latte. Use it on your lids and inner corners of your eyes.
STEP 3: LINE YOUR WATERLINE WITH NUDE EYELINER
Never used nude eyeliner? It’s time to change that. Using a nude eyeliner can be a great way to help distract everybody’s attention away from your tired-looking eyes. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Nude and apply it to your waterline (a.k.a. inside your lower lashline). This color—and this eyeliner placement—can help to make the whites of your eyes look even whiter!
STEP 4: COAT YOUR LASHES WITH MASCARA
Curling your lashes and applying mascara is another way you can help make your eyes look brighter. Before you apply your mascara, grab an eyelash curler and get to work. Then, apply a volumizing mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, to your top and bottom lashes.
STEP 5: FILL IN YOUR EYEBROWS
Focus on your eyebrows by shaping and filling them in with an eyebrow pencil, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Brow Definer Pencil, which comes in five shades. Start with clean, brushed eyebrows. Using the ultra-fine tip pencil, draw the outline of your eyebrow shape. Fill in the gap with light, feathered strokes. Comb up following your eyebrow shape using the soft blending brush for a more defined look.
STEP 6: HIGHLIGHT YOUR EYEBROWS
The last step in your eye-brightening makeup routine should be highlighting your eyebrows. You can do so with the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Brow Raiser Highlighter Duo, which has a matte concealer on one end and a shimmery highlighter on the other. After you’re done filling in your eyebrows, use the concealer around the edges of your eyebrows to define and sharpen their shape. Then, apply the highlighter above and below your eyebrow arch, blending for a perfect finish. You can sharpen the crayon with a makeup sharpener. You’re done!
Now that you’ve mastered the art of making your eyes look brighter, are you ready for your next beauty lesson? For more eye makeup advice, here are 8 Hacks to Help Prevent Eye Shadow Fallout.