[Products used: MAC Prep + Prime; Bourjois 123Perfect CC Cream; Soap & Glory Kick-Ass Concealer in '01 Light'; Benefit High Beam; Essence All About Matt Setting Powder; Deborah Milano Natural Blusher in 'Cherry'*; MUA Pro Brow Kit; GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '02 Beige'; Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara]Highlighter is a godsend for brightening up dull, tired-looking skin and making your face look a lot healthier and generally more alive; I'm loving Benefit's High Beam at the moment, finding that three or four dots along the top of each cheekbone, blended in with the fingers, work wonders to lift my complexion. A good concealer for shadows in the under-eye area goes a long way to waking the face up, and I'm a massive fan of Soap & Glory's Kick-Ass Concealer. This little compact actually contains two shades, a yellow-toned one which I use under my eyes and a more neutral-toned one which covers any blemishes rather nicely. After setting my base with powder, a sweep of blusher adds a bit of colour back into my face and prevents me having to rock the deathly pale look of the recently deceased. I'm having a bit of a revival of love for Deborah Milano's Natural Blusher in 'Cherry'*, which is a super-pigmented shade and requires an extremely light hand. That said, it builds up beautifully to give a healthy flush of colour to the cheeks and it's been working well for me lately. Onto the eyes - I really enjoy GOSH's Forever Eyeshadow in the shade 'Beige', which is a shimmery champagne type shade; it's quick and easy to apply and works well along the lashline as a liner to really open and brighten the eyes up, blended all over the lid for a quick shadow look, or as a base for powder shadows to prolong wear. Finally, a quick coat of mascara only takes a few seconds to apply but I find it really helps to bring a look together; my all-time favourite is Soap & Glory's Thick & Fast Mascara as it's a great jet-black colour and gives my lashes length, definition and volume.
So there you have it! Do you have any top tricks for faking a wide-awake look for early mornings after late nights? What are your must-have products for brightening your face up and making yourself look alive?
[*Products provided for consideration.]