Re: I always look tired even after applying make-up
I have this problem but found out I am hypothyroid. Even though it might be rough, I'd try washing my face with ice cold water - or dunking it in a sink full of cold water and ice cubes. Then apply moisturizer and let it sink in abut 15 minutes before applying foundation. Maybe you could try a self tanner and/or a different foundation (or shade) to help you look more awake. I've also heard not to use anything powdery on your face if possible - powder sometimes dries out skin or makes it look duller, or it can settle in fine lines and wrinkles. Experiment with different makeup colors. I've heard you can line the inner rims of your eyes with white pencil. Some people dab some white on the inner corner of your eyes.
However, be careful not to overdo it on the makeup. Sometimes when I'm tired I notice I look better if I go easy, with less products. I use cream blush rather than powder. I don't wear real bright lipstick and go easy on the eyeliner. A light coating of mascara will help, as will curling your eyelashes. If you don't have a heated eyelash curler but have a metal one, heat it with the blowdryer for a minute and then curl your lashes before applying mascara.
Can you sneak in a 20 minute nap during the day? Any longer and you'll get into a deep sleep, but 20 minutes is said to be just right during the day.
I also like Pond's cucumber eye pads but I haven't seen them - maybe someone else has something to refresh the eyes. Some people like spray on mists for the face also.
Also a few quick stretches or some kind of exercise, even for 5-10 minutes in the AM will really help.
I hope you can find a way to get a little more sleep.
Be sure to stay away from caffeine as much as possible, especially after 4 PM.
I don't know your diet - have you tried eating yogurt with fresh fruit in the AM - or something else energizing? Stay away from quick fixes like sugar and caffeine that will give you a quick fix but end up making you more tired. Make sure to take a multivitamin ea day if you aren't, since you are stressing your body out a little.
Sorry if that's TMI! :c)
Last edited by ttc1asap; 05-05-2006 at 08:30 AM.