Reader Q&A: How Can I Camouflage Tired (Over-Partied) Eyes?

Posted 12/19/11 at 04:56AM by Audrey Fine

This time of year I get bombarded with reader-submitted questions about the best ways to hide the toll that eggnog, pigs in a blanket, and wrapping presents till 3 a.m. can take on a woman's looks. And, typically, the vast majority of these queries are about how to make sleepy/hung-over eyes look like they clocked a full eight hours the night before.

So, without further ado, I'm happy to reveal how it's possible to eat, drink, and be merry while still maintaining a semblance of sparkle in those baby blues.

If you want to fool people into thinking you're well rested when you're not -- especially when you don't have a lot of time to carry out the operation -- skip the strategically applied cool cucumber slices and head straight for the light colored shadows.

As any self-respecting party girl can tell you, pale pink or light lilac eyeshadow applied to your upper lids will draw attention up and away from telltale puffiness and dark circles. Be sure to apply it from the crease up towards the brow to achieve maximum "awake" effect.

Also, a nude or white liner applied to the inside of your lower lid (known as the waterline) will downplay redness by making the whites of your eyes pop. And a touch of pearly white shadow applied beneath your brow bone will make your eyes seem more open.

The final, imperative step? Curl those lashes. An eyelash curler used with a lengthening mascara will help make your lashes swoosh up and away from your eyes, making them look instantly more awake.

That's all there is to it. These simple makeup maneuvers ought to help you outfox even the nosiest of peering pod mates or chatty Cathy carpoolers who are trying to live vicariously through your festive holiday nights.
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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/29/12 at 04:54pm

    Definitely curl the lashes!

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  • Posted by beautybody on 03/25/12 at 09:03pm

    I tried a nude eyeliner by Tarte, but it didn't seem to go on smoothly as I wanted it too.

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/14/12 at 10:24pm

    I utilize these tips everyday because I am cursed with dark circles and puffiness that make it look like I stay up and party every single night! These tips really are tried and true!

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  • Posted by Infinite_Dreams on 02/03/12 at 03:42pm

    Totally going to try this as mornings are never my friend whether I have partied the night before or not.

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  • Posted by leesa_barker on 12/28/11 at 05:16am

    I'm going to try all of this everyone always tells me I look tired. Thanks so much!

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  • Posted by Nicole2814 on 12/20/11 at 03:46pm

    wow great tips thank youu so much

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