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Sleep recharges the body’s batteries for the day ahead. Cells are regenerated, repaired and rejuvenated and the mind rests and resets. And while these overnight processes go on internally, they will show up externally on your face the next morning. Enjoy six to eight hours of sleep and you’ll see bright eyes and plump skin in the mirror upon waking. Deprived of rest by sunrise? Your skin will look dull and dehydrated, dark circles will form and your eyes will not be nearly as bright.

Sadly, most of us don’t get the six to eight hours of sleep recommended for adults. With busy lives in and out of the office and myriad distractions, we tend to sacrifice sleep in order to find more hours in the day.

Obviously, the goal is to tweak our lifestyles to accommodate restful nights but until then, here are some beauty tricks to help you fake it until you make it.


A loose knot is an easy style you barely need your eyes open to achieve. Just comb your hair to a centre part, brush hair back, wind it around itself, then pin in place. Adding a chic hair accessory like a cuff will add polish to your look.


Lack of sleep is most noticeable in the eyes. The easiest way to open the eyes is by using an eyelash curler followed by lashings of mascara. Another trick is to use white eyeliner on the waterline, as this will make the whites of your eye whiter. Finally, you’ll need to do something about those dark circles. Don’t use a matte concealer – you really want to amp up the moisture as your skin will be feeling dry all over. Go for something creamy with a little highlighter and gently press it into the skin rather than wiping it on.


If you didn’t get enough sleep last night, your skin will probably be drier than usual. Dry skin doesn’t mesh well with powder, so opt for cream or liquid products instead. A highlighter along the cheekbone, brow bone, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow will catch the light and give you that lit-from-within look. Use warm shades of blush to give your skin a natural flush – you want to mimic the look of a healthy blood flow to the face.


Again, you want to avoid matte products, as they will only highlight dry, sleep-lacking lips. A touch of gloss instantly makes you look ‘done’.