How to look less tired …

As I get older, only two things are getting easier: 1.  Saying what I think and 2. Getting tired.  It is getting less and less funny that I seem to be stricken with whatever it is I am writing about.  I am bleary eyed today and I am going to have to start writing about testicular problems if I am to ever feel good again.  I guess I just have to come to terms with the fact that I will be tired until I die or at least until 2011, and find ways to deal with it.  The fabulous Michelle Pfeiffer, whose rendition of “Cool Rider” in Grease 2 inspired me to wear all black and take up bowling, struggles with looking tired too.  I can’t quote her exactly but I read something like, “I can still turn heads but only if I’ve gotten a good night’s sleep, am drinking a lot of water and wearing neon.  Tired happens, even to Stephanie Zinone.

How can you look more refreshed?

1.  Drink a big glass of water before you have your coffee. When your skin is dehydrated, you will look more drawn.  Being tired will mimic being hungry.  Don’t make the mistake of having a big, heavy breakfast because it will bring you down more and avoid salt as it will add to swelling around the eyes.

2.  Use a moisturizer with a light tint.  The moisturizer will help rehydrate your skin and the tint will definitely give you a lift.  Men, don’t tune out.  You don’t look all that hot these days either and a little tint never hurt anyone.  I love Neutrogena Healthy Defense daily moisturizer with light tint.  It has SPF 30 so that’s a bonus.

3.  Eye De-Puffer! Just the sound of that wakes me up.  And, believe it or not, it works.  Keihl’s makes two; Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer and Eye Alert.  I have both because the lady at the counter took one look at me and demanded that I purchase double therapy.  I like the Facial Fuel better because it is cold when you put it on.  You can even keep it in the fridge.  If you don’t want to use a product, anything cold can decrease swollen eyes.  Just today, I found myself holding frozen broccoli on my face while I continued onto the fresh produce aisle.  No joke, it works and I am too old to care what anyone thinks.  Also for your eyes, have some Visine on hand.  I like the Advanced Relief one but they all work.  Your eyes will look and feel instantly better.  The bottle says you can use it up to four times a day.  I am on ten but who is counting?

4.  Get some blood flow to your head.  Do some sun salutations, stretch, try to touch your toes, jog in place, scream at your children, etc.  Get outside and get some air. Take a walk.  Then, here is my best advice, stand up straight and SMILE.  Nothing will make you look less tired than smiling.  It also has the added benefit of physically making you feel better.  If you can find something to laugh at, even better.  When no one is falling down in my line of vision or wearing something completely inappropriate, I find it helps to laugh, out loud, at myself.  The more seriously you take yourself, the harder it will be to get through a day … even on 10 hours sleep.

5.  Makeup.  Unless you are a tranny or very comfortable with yourself, men, you might want to skip ahead.  You age better.  We have Bobbi Brown.  My friend, Karin,  is a make-up artist and mother of two and I have never seen her look anything less than beautiful and refreshed.  Here is what she suggests.  (First she said that when you are tired, less is more and then she gave me all these steps.  I guess at my age, to look like you didn’t make an effort, you have to go all out in a big way.)

Moisturizer, then primer, then line refiner, then concealer, then what you usually do:

Primer – there is eye primer and face primer.  It acts like an anchor for your makeup and will hold it for the whole day.  It will also smooth dry patches and breakouts so that your make-up doesn’t stick to these.  She recommends either Trish McEvoy or Laura Mercier.

Concealer – use this anywhere you have breakouts, red patches and specifically, for our anti-tired purposes, under your eyes.  Don’t glob it on.  You want it to look like there are no bags instead of bags with flesh colored cases.

Line Refiner – use a tiny amount, dabbing under the eyes.  It helps prevent the concealer from settling into the fine (or deep, whichever the case) lines around your eyes which makes your wrinkles look worse.  Karin swears by this product.  She likes Trish McEvoy.

After line refiner, bronze lightly, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, mascara and lip gloss.  Wait, you still aren’t done yet!

Lightly fill in your eyebrows with a pencil that matches the roots of your hair.  You are not trying to draw on eyebrows.  Use soft, feathering strokes.  According to Karin, you will be amazed at how this will change your face … in a good way.

O.K.  Good?  I have to go to Sephora before they close.  But, before the weekend starts I need to remind you that this was Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. Please be careful.  Everyone is distracted and texting and rushed at this time of the year.  Don’t lose focus.  If you think you look old and tired now, wait until the undertaker gets done with you.  Oh, relax!  Didn’t we just decide that we can’t take ourselves too seriously?

Thanks for reading and have a GREAT last weekend before Christmas!!  Check out the wine recommendations under Feeling Better without a Prescription up top – cheers!

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  • Eileen O’Connor

    Hi Karen,
    Just wanted to let you know how proud of you we are. This is a great “blog” with so much interesting information and some really good laughs. Keep up the good work my darling.
    Love you,
    Aunt Eileen