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Yes, you probably would look better with another six hours' sleep and fewer things to worry about. But failing that, here's how to look perky when you really need a good lie-down.
1. GET FRESH: Don't pile on the makeup to help you look more awake. Tired skin is dull skin and the last thing it needs is a thick coating of foundation. Natio's Flawless Foundation (Full Coverage), $22.50, will give you the coverage without leaving your skin feeling caked.
2. EYE APPEAL: Open up your eyes with lash curlers and line the rims with a multi-purpose liner such as Dr Hauschka's Kajal Eyeliner Duo in White/Anthracite, $39. White (and beige) liners help counteract redness.
3. SOFT BLUSH: Breathe new life into lacklustre skin with a peach or pink blusher. Apply powder blush to the apples of your cheeks and then dust lightly on your nose and under the chin. Try MAC's Powder Blush in BlushBaby, Peaches, Pink Swoon or Springsheen, $48 each.
4. SHEER PRETTINESS: As much as they may be in fashion, opaque lipsticks aren't the best when you're tired. Go for sheer shades that add a hint of colour and shine rather than a full-on assault. Sax's Sheer Lip Colour Lipstick, $16.90, is worth a try.
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