| December 12, 2013

You danced. You drank. Now you’re deliriously tired -- and those dark shadows under your eyes are spilling last night’s secret.

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Desperately seeking a quick pick-me-up to brighten your face without chugging a fourth cup of coffee? Fake it with cosmetics.

Fortunately, creating a winter glow that gives the illusion of sleeping for eight hours is possible with a few skincare and makeup tricks.

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When you just can’t hit the bed quite yet and office duties are calling, check out our picks for best products you need right now to fake your beauty sleep:

Thayer’s Witch Hazel

Whether you suffer from dry or oily skin, witch hazel will refresh, cleanse, and hydrate your features with a few gentle swipes of a cotton ball. $10.05, Amazon.com.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

Make tired eyes appear bright and youthful with a mascara that lengthens, curls, adds volumes, and conditions lashes. $19, Sephora.com.

Napoleon Perdis ‘Auto Pilot’ Radiance Boosting Primer

A favorite among makeup artists, this primer was created to provide a radiant glow and a lifting appearance before applying your usual products in the morning. $42, Nordstrom.

Prescriptives Vibrant-C Skin Brightening Eye Cream

There’s no denying that every woman should incorporate eye cream into her skincare regimen. This one is infused with vitamin C and brightens up skin to diminish the appearance of dark circles, as well as puffiness and fine lines. $42, Prescriptives.com.

Clear Eyes All Seasons Outdoor Dry Eye Drops

While makeup can be a quick fix to make tired peepers look more awake, it can also cause unwanted irritation. These eye drops help hydrate eyes from the drying effects of the wind and sun, plus they refresh and minimize the appearance of redness. $4.99, Drugstore.com.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Brighten up a dull complexion with a sheer liquid foundation that provides buildable coverage and a “luminous, sensual glow.” This product works best on those with very dry skin in dire need of moisture. $44, Sephora.

Clarisonic Mia

It may be on the pricey side, but this facial cleansing device will gently scrub away unwanted gunk and makeup, resulting in a smooth-as-silk canvas. $125, Clarisonic.com.


Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Plump up your pout and add some much needed color to your face with a lip balm without the careful precision of lipstick. We recommend “Super Strawberry,” a natural-looking shade that flatters all skin tones. $17, Clinique.com.

Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask

Stars go to Joanna Vargas’ New York City-based spa for a quick pick-me-up, but you can also create a similar vibrant glow from the comfort of your home. Her exfoliating mask removes dull, dead skin, revealing a youthful glow and soft, clean features. $75, JoannaVargas.com.


Sonia Kashuk Crème Blush

Liven up tired, pale skin with a punch of color onto the apples of your cheeks. Sonia Kashuk’s creamy blush easily blends, adding a natural looking flush that appears fresh without unwanted grease. $9.79, Target.com.