How To Fake a Good Night’s Sleep

Article by Cristal G. Orpilla, RN
Nothing makes me more self-conscious than hearing the dreaded statement “You look so tired!” And as a full-time nurse working 12-hour graveyard shifts, I’ve heard this all too often. The first give-away sign of sleep deprivation are the eyes and skin- as puffy bags, darkened circles, and wan skin emerge. Luckily, I have found a routine that works for me that allows me to look chipper and rested, even though my 8-hour sleep nights may be few and far between. Read on for tips on how to look well-rested,despite a long and sleepless night.
How to look rested and healthy

Just because you didn't get your Sleeping Beauty rest doesn't mean you can't look like Cinderella!


Chill Out

Splashing cool water on the skin constricts blood vessels that may make you look blotchy, and also has a good toning effect on the face. The sudden change in temperature is also a quick picker upper.


A good exfoliating treatment, such as an at-home microdermabrasion scrub, quickly rids the skin of dead surface cells. The new skin surface also helps makeup to glide on more smoothly and evenly.

Hide the bags
To instantly de-puff under eye circles, I like to keep used tea bags in the refrigerator. I use 1-2 chilled tea bags and place them on my eyes for 5-10 minutes. Caffeine and tannins help to constrict blood vessels that contribute to dark circles and discoloration, while the cool temperature eases the swelling.



Sleep deprivation compromises the skin barrier, making it more difficult to retain moisture. Dehydration is like a magnifying glass to fine lines and wrinkles that are already there, making a person look older and more tired. A light tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 or greater replenishes the moisture and protects from sun damage.

Lighten up the eyes

A creamy yellowish-based concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone is a good trick for camouflaging dark circles because it counteracts purple tones of visible blood vessels. Apply the concealer with a flat concealer brush and dab along the lower lashes to the inner canthus of the eyes and the hollows of the nose. Concentrate only on the dark areas. Tap gently with the ring finger to blend. For an added “eyes wide open” look, white or gold eyeliner on the lower eyes make the whites of your eyes appear larger. For the upper lids, use a peachy foundation to cover any redness. A peachy color helps to counteract blues and grays for a more even tone. Use a face highlighter under the brow to highlight the arch, which also helps to open the eyes. Finally, top with a two of coats of mascara to make tired eyes pop and look more awake.

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Online Editor, Beauty Writer at Beauty-Goodies
As a New York City-based registered nurse with backgrounds in pharmacology, medical research, medical spa aesthetics, and cosmetic dermatology, Cristal became interested in the ways people go about achieving beauty. When she's not working full-time at Cornell Medical Center or performing aesthetic treatments at a midtown NYC medical spa, she daylights as a beauty writer, and has a penchant for scoring sample sale treasures, bellydancing, playing dress-up, and of course, chatting about beauty goodies.

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