6 Ways to Hide the Signs of Holiday Stress
The short days and long, dark winter nights can leave you as pale as a character from Twilight. To make skin look more alive, try a non-orangey, matte bronzer. The key is not to use it all over, says Carmindy, which can look artificial if you're fair. Instead, apply bronzer, starting at your temples and sweeping it underneath your cheekbones. Dust a pop of pink blush on the apples of your cheeks for warmth. To brighten dull skin and get even more glow, apply a cream highlighter or shimmery eyeshadow (try a white shade if you're fair, pink for medium skin tones, and gold for darker complexions) to the tops of cheekbones, underneath the brows, to the inner corners of the eyes, down the bridge of the nose and above the bow of your upper lip.
Camouflage Red, Tired Eyes
Along with a few drops of Visine, lining the inner rims of your lower lids with an eyeliner pencil that matches your skin tone will make the whites of your eyes appear instantly brighter, says Roncal. For an eye-opening effect with more drama, Carmindy suggests using a navy blue liner in the same place—the contrast counteracts redness. Then go light with the rest of your eye makeup: Apply a thin stripe of black or brown waterproof eyeliner as close to the roots of your upper lashes as possible and sweep a neutral, shimmery eyeshadow across lids (try a champagne shade if you're fair, a yellowy topaz color if you're olive, and a pale gold if you have a dark complexion). Finish with two coats of mascara—adding more to the middle of your top lashes to make eyes look more open and awake.
Fighting your way through an overcrowded mall or frantically wrapping up those end-of-the-year reports at the office could be the cause of the blemishes that popped up on your chin. When you're under stress, the body releases hormones, like cortisol, that increase oil production and can lead to acne. Here's how to hide blemishes: After you've applied a light layer of a foundation all over your face, use a fine-tipped brush (like the skinny kind used for eyeliner) to dot more foundation onto problem spots. Then set with translucent powder. Don't cake coverup on a pimple; that can highlight it if your concealer isn't an exact match to your foundation.
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