8 Ways Exhausted Moms Can Fake Looking Like They've Slept (PHOTOS)

Lisa Fogarty | Jan 21, 2014 Beauty & Style

If you have a child, or two or three, you know a little something about faking it until you make it. I'm referring to how we get so used to functioning on 3 or 4 hours of sleep that we actually become really good at pretending we aren't sleepwalking. We even have our savviest coworkers fooled. 

But as far as our good looks go -- well, that can be a different story entirely. All of the coffee and morning yoga in the world isn't going to erase our tired faces. BUT don't give up hope. There are ways we can fake a good night's rest -- and they actually work. 


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  • 5 Minute Ice Facial


    Build in five extra minutes every morning to give yourself the cheapest facial around: simply wrap a washcloth around 2-3 ice cubes and apply the cold compress to your face. Not only will the cold shock jolt you awake, you'll actually help reduce puffiness around your eyes and cheeks. 

  • Invest in a Top-Notch Concealer


    By all means, save money on your mascara, lipstick, and eyeliner by shopping for them at your local drugstore, but invest a little more in your concealer. A really great one, like Benefit's Erase Paste, can make a world of difference. This one is creamy, blendable, and thick enough to tackle the kind of under-eye circles you only get when you have a newborn.

  • Don't Underestimate the Power of Moisturizer


    Depending on your skin type, you might either flake up, like I do, when you haven't slept well, or your face becomes an oil field. Either way, the right moisturizer for your skin can balance everything out. For sensitive skin types, I've found nothing works as well as Dr. Hauschka's Rose Day Cream ($42.95). It actually alleviates signs of red, irritated skin, which makes you look more alive. 

  • Wear the Right Color


    Your clothing can work just as well as cosmetics when it comes to enhancing your natural beauty and making you look more radiant than you feel. Choose colors that complement your skin tone -- jewel hues like emerald and ruby for cool skin tones and earthy colors like orange and ivory for warm skin tones -- and you'll immediately notice a difference in your complexion. 

  • Curl Those Gorgeous Eyelashes


    A full face of makeup? Please. Who has time when you have a baby or kids to escort to school? But curling your lashes takes but a few seconds and really lifts the eye area in a way that makes you seem more alert. 

  • Buy White Eyeliner -- and Actually Use It


    I owned a white eyeliner pencil for a loooong time before I had the guts to use it. I just didn't know what to do with the thing. And then I became a mom and found out: it takes red, tired eyes and transforms them into much brighter ones. White eyeliner is a gift to moms everwhere. 

  • Dry Shampoo is an Absolute Do


    Rinse, lather, repeat. Conditioner. Blow Dry hair and hope it doesn't frizz up today. Um, no thanks to all of that! The last thing you need when you haven't slept is the added burden of acting as your own (bad) hair stylist. A dry shampoo adds volume and shine AND lets you go an extra day or two without washing your hair. It's genius.

  • Choose Heels Over Sneakers


    Look, I know what you're thinking. The last thing I want to do when I haven't slept is risk falling over while teetering on high heels. I'm not suggesting you torture yourself with 6-inch heels, but a great kitten or wedge heel will make you stand a little taller and feel more confident on a day when you probably need it. 

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