Tutorial – Make-up tips for looking Freshfaced & Awake 

Do you sometimes wake up, look at yourself in the mirror and think, jeez I really could do with going back to bed?    You just know those dark circles will fade with some extra sleep. 

Life though isn’t going to let that happen as you’ve got to get your act to together fast and be looking bright eyed and bushy tailed ready for your busy day ahead. 

Well that is how I feel on a regular basis. All I can say is thank god there’s make-up in the world. I might not be feeling awake but I can fake it. This doesn’t have to mean looking like I’m wearing loads of make-up either. No, I have developed myself a little routine that is perfect for everyday. It’s quick and leaves me looking fresh faced, wide awake and like I’ve got my act together.  

Let me show you my little routine that takes me from this sleepy state to wide awake

Most importantly before I even begin to think about make-up I make sure I have cleansed, toned and moisturised properly. This gives me a good blank canvas to be working with. 

I like to use BB cream on an everyday basis as it provides me with a light natural looking complexion. I put this on before any concealer as otherwise the act of blending my BB cream in moves all that carefully applied concealer around my face and not where I wanted it to be. 


Next up I use a yellow concealer to color correct those dark circles. 

Why yellow? It is the opposite of purple on the colour spectrum so neutralises the discolouration. 

I like to use a small foundation brush in a patting motion rather than dragging. This ensures the concealer stays where Intended.

Top Tip: Don’t be afraid to take the concealer right into the corners of your eye and onto the  inner part of the eyelid. This area tends to be the darkest. 


As that yellow concealer can look a little bit strange I then reach for a lightweight skin toned concealer. This Wake me Up concealer by Rimmel does the job perfectly. It is so lightweight meaning that it doesn’t settle and crease in the fine lines around my eyes.  This is currently on offer in Superdrug at £4.49 instead of it’s usual £5.49. 

When applying I draw an upside down triangle under each eye. Yes I know I look like a clown, but once blended with a tapping motion it helps to reflect light upwards reducing the dark shadows further. 

Finally after going to such an effort I want it all to stay put. This is why I use an under eye setting powder. You can use a normal matte nude eyeshadow for this instead if you don’t have any setting powder. It does the job in the same way. Just use a soft fluffy brush to pat the powder across the eye socket.

The setting powder I have is from E.L.F Cosmetics. It has very fine light diffusing particles that help to reduce the appearance of any fine lines. Unfortunately there isn’t an actual E.L.F cosmetics stockist in the UK anymore, but I’ve checked and there are plenty of International E-bay sellers offering it ranging from £4.66 upwards. 

This next step is probably for me one one of the post important. I fill in my brows with a brow pencil. Groomed brows instantly lift the face and can take years off you. For me having defined my brows makes a huge differance to me looking fresh faced and put together. 

Lastly I like to use a nude eyeliner along my water line and a sweep of mascara and I’m done.

Apologies for the rubbish finished picture, I was battling fading light by this stage. 
As you can see the finished look is very natural, and fresh faced looking. If a very natural makeup look isn’t for you then carry on adding some colour cosmetics. For the purpose of this post though I’ve decided to leave it here. 

Have you any make-up tricks you like to use so that you look that bit more awake in the morning? Why not share them in the comments section below.