It’s Ramadan, so if you’re waking up bleary-eyed instead of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we get it. Here are some tips to soothe and brighten your tired eyes!
Ramadan can disrupt our sleep schedules, and our eyes will be the first to show it. Swollen, irritated, red, or puffy eyes may make an appearance. Thankfully, there are a few hacks that can help…and makeup can also help mask exhaustion and brighten up your eyes.
We get it – you barely have time to drink enough water and scarf down something to eat at suhoor. These tips and tricks can be done quickly and easily, and on their own, so no worries if you don’t want to bother with a full face of makeup.
Stop swelling with green tea bags
For swollen, puffy, or irritated eyes, soothe them with green tea bags. Placing green tea bags over your eyelids can help reduce swelling. A 2011 study showed that potent polyphenols in green tea have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the cornea.
To try it out, steep your tea bags in water. Allow them to cool completely, or put them in the fridge to chill for about 15 minutes. Then lay back, close your eyes, and place them over your eyelids for 10 minutes.
Use rose water
Rose water has many amazing uses, including some outside of the kitchen. Studies show it has anti-inflammatory effects and can help remedy various eye conditions. Soak a cotton ball in rose water and dab your eyelids with it to reduce puffiness and swelling.
Tried and true fave: cucumbers
Cucumbers are a tried and true fave when it comes to reducing eye swelling. Snatch a few slices from the table before they get used as a vessel for hummus, and use them on your eyes. They contain potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, as well as vitamin C, which can help perk up tired skin and eyes.
Dab a bit of highlighter on the inner corner of your eye
This will help brighten up your eyes. Tuesday In Love has beautiful powder highlighters: Magic, Fleek, and our highlighter duo. You can also use the tips of your finger to apply highlighter powder to the places of your face light would naturally hit that you want to draw attention to, like your cheekbones, browbones, bridge of the nose, and right above the lip.
Use a concealer
A concealer takes just a few minutes to apply to the under eye area to camouflage dark circles. Check out Tuesday In Love’s Brightener. This specialized formula comes with a neutral pink base specifically designed to combat dark under eyes. It can also be used with other concealers.
Dot your upper lash line with liquid liner
If you want brighter, wider-looking eyes, skip the dark mascara along your waterline. You can use a white or flesh-colored pencil here to color-correct any redness. If you’re worried about irritation, skip liner along your waterline altogether. Use a black liquid liner like Tuesday In Love’s Long Wear Eyeliner to draw dots along the upper lash line; this gives the illusion of lashes being fuller and thicker.
Add a quick swoop of mascara
Using a black mascara will also help create contrast between the whites of your eyes and your lashes. Mascara can also help make your eyes look more open and alert. Try Tuesday In Love’s Power Lash Mascara or our Long Wear formula.
Hopefully these quick tips and tricks will help you freshen up, so you can take on the day bright-eyed…even though you may feel like you desperately need a cup of coffee and are so ready to go back to sleep. What are your favorite ways to fake being well-rested with makeup? Drop a comment and let us know. Be sure to follow us on Instagram at @tuesdayinlove.