How to Fake Looking Awake

how to fake looking awake

Mornings always tend to get the better of us, and Monday mornings in particular often call for some makeup tricks that can help us to fake looking awake. Applying these products in certain way can help lighten your face and make you look like you had a great nights’ sleep, and only takes a few minutes!

Whether you’re in a rush or just have the dreaded dark circles that you can’t hide for love nor money, we’ve got some simple tips that can help you fake looking awake; even if it is 6am!


Concealer, for me, has always been the one beauty product that I rely on day-in, day-out. On my ‘no makeup’ makeup days it’s all I wear on my skin, and can help to give the appearance of a naturally perfected skin tone.

My concealer of choice is the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer; one that has been in my makeup bag for the past 6 years (note: not the same one – we follow our beauty expiry dates!).

Apply your concealer in a triangle-like shape beneath your eye, adding less product the further down your face you go, and blend out with a fluffy brush. It’s important to find a concealer that matches your actual skin tone, though, but a shade lighter is never a bad thing! A brightening concealer like YSL’s Touche Eclat is also great for this.


Eyelashes are one of the most important factors when you’re trying to fake looking awake as they have such a huge impact on brightening your eyes.

Getting a bad nights’ sleep can make your eyes look droopy and less-than their best, so I swear by adding lashings of mascara to make my eyes brighter and seem more awake.

Soap and Glory’s Thick and Fast mascara is my first choice for this as it’s volumising and lengthening – something that is usually harder to find in a high street mascara – whilst being the blackest of black shade.


Adding highlighter into your makeup routine is key to fake looking awake as it brings back the life into your face.

The inner corners of your eye, brow bone, cheek bones and above the lip are my favourite places to highlight and allows you to get the ‘I just rolled out of bed with this effortlessly perfect skin’ look without really trying!

TheBalm’s Mary Lou Manizer is a great option for pale skin girls like myself, whereas MAC’s Soft and Gentle looks incredible when worn on tanned-skin.


A peachy lipstick is always guaranteed to help fake looking awake because the feminine, pinky shades are guaranteed to make you look instantly pulled together.

MAC’s Patisserie lip colour was one that I purchased a while ago and I’ve gone through about 3 tubes of them… To say I’m obsessed is an understatement.

As cliche as it sounds, this really is the ultimate ‘my lips but better’ shade and when paired with Soar liner (again, by MAC), you’ve got the perfect duo for faking like you had a great sleep!



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