This is me after pulling an 80+ hour work week, a stressful mom week, and a photo-shoot. Do you ever feel the way that I look in the above photo? Nobody ever wants to appear out-of-focus and sleep deprived—and you don't have to! There are many effective services, and inexpensive products wake you up, and plenty of look-alive secrets that are 100% free. Check out my 12 tips for when you're feeling less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed:
Wear a Ponytail: When I need an uplift, I pull my hair into a high ponytail for an instant refresh.
Caffeinate Your Eyes: Cotton pads dipped in brewed espresso eliminates puffy eyes and circles. Its diuretic effect helps reduce swelling, and caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, so it shrinks blood vessels and minimizes dark circles.
Get Moving: I stretch as soon as I wake up to bring a flush to my face.
Take a Cold (and Hot) Shower: Taking a hot and cold shower does the trick for 12+ hour work days. The temperature change revs circulation and brings back color—it totally wakes up the skin.
Glow: When I'm wiped I lose all the color in my face. A spray tan gives you instant glow, hides skin imperfections, makes teeth and eyes appear whiter and makes you feel pretty and refreshed. I visit Amber Bucci at Skin Palette twice a month, but when I'm in a pinch Tarte Brazilliance bronzer does the trick (you'll need an extra set of hands for the back of the body).
Val Daily: Val Daily and the aesthetician team at Dr. Bucky's can take you from zombie to hottie in no time flat. Every fall I treat myself to IPL to bring my skin back to its pre-summer tone and smoothness.
Make your favorite color bright: After late nights or early AM's, I’ll slip on a simple tank dress and heels to throw off coworkers. Bright colors like yellow and pink warm up skin; I get kudos even on bad days!
Coral Lips: I draw attention away from my eyes with a bright coral lip. The shade screams I'm awake.
Blue Mascara: Two coats of Eyeko midnight blue up on the upper lashes only makes the whites of my eyes whiter.
Wear Pearls: 6AM workouts aren't pretty, but TheraPearl cold compresses help cure morning face. 5-20 minutes over the eyes and sinuses does the trick.
Highlighter: My good friend and makeup artist Dawn Episcopo taught me to dab a little bit of highlighter in the inner corner of the eye and on the brow bone to brighten up the whole area.
Bling: I pair jewelery with my active-wear during the day - A little sparkle makes you look alive!