18 Tips for Looking Pretty on Little to No Sleep

As a new mom, you're probably exhausted. But, if you're tired of looking tired, here are 18 quick and easy tips to make you look pretty and well rested on little to no sleep.

18 Rise and Shine

When you wake up, don't get ready in the dark. Turn on the lights and open the blinds. Waking up to a bright light helps set your body's internal clock. When it's light out, your body knows that it's time to get moving.

17 Take a Cold Shower

And then a hot shower. And then a cold shower. Hot and cold therapy has been used for years and is a great way to get energized in the morning. It also helps boost your immune system and aids in burning fat.

16 Drink Up

We all know that it's important to drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated helps with skin elasticity and may help avoid wrinkling.

15 Get Moving

Even if you're not one of those people who can hop out of bed and hit the gym, doing some simple stretches in the morning can help wake you up. Try some simple yoga moves to loosen up after you get out of bed.

14 Cut Back

You might think that your morning coffee helps to wake you up in the morning and that glass of wine before bed might help you nod off, but be careful not to overdo it because both can alter your natural sleep cycle. Stop drinking caffeine six hours before bed. And watch out for the wine, too. As alcohol is absorbed in the body, it can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night.

13 Caffeine Does Have Some Perks, Though

On the other hand, an extra dose of caffeine can be great if you wake up with puffy eyes in the morning. Some women swear by putting cold, brewed tea bags (or even coffee-soaked pads) under their eyes. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling, which is why it's in so many eye creams.

12 Chill Out

When you get up in the morning, toss a couple spoons in the fridge or freezer while you go about your morning routine. Take a few minutes to press the cold spoons over your eyes. This also helps reduce swelling under the eyes. You can use a bag of frozen peas, too.

11 Eye Massage

Give your eyes a little massage. Purchase an eye cream or concealer roller like these ones from Garnier and soothe puffy eyes quickly. The metal roller ball helps the cream glide on smoothly and feels nice and cold. Caffeine, mint, and vitamin C in the cream helps reduce puffiness and dark circles.

10 Conceal Dark Circles

If you can't seem to get rid of dark circles, you may just want to reach for the concealer. It's best to use a peach-colored concealer; yellow tones may still leave you with ghastly gray circles. Make sure you blot out any extra concealer so it doesn't get trapped in the delicate folds of your skin, making you look even more wrinkly.

9 Face Mask

Use a face mask that will moisturize and plump up your skin. An exfoliating mask would be great, too, because it will help slough off dry skin, making your face smooth and bright. If you have a minute, slap some cucumber or potato slices over your eyes.

8 Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Keeping skin hydrated with a good moisturizer helps you have soft, smooth, elastic skin and will help keep wrinkles at bay. It's also important to use a moisturizer with SPF in it—something else to help ward off those wrinkles! If you don't like to mess with a full face of makeup, use a little bit of tinted moisturizer instead of foundation.

7 A Little Drop Will Do

If your eyes are looking particularly bloodshot, there's nothing wrong with using a few drops of Visine. Beauty pros suggest using colored eye drops to help whiten eyes. Blue-tinted drops will help neutralize red and yellow discoloration, but may be a little hard to find.

6 The Eyes Have It

Using bright navy eyeliner on the top lash line will help draw attention upwards on your face. You can also use a nude or beige liner on the lower lash line to help open the eye up a little more.

5 Don't Forget Mascara

Curling your lashes and applying several coats of a lengthening and separating mascara will help open your eyes, making you look all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (even if you don't feel it).

4 Add a Little Color

Use some peachy-pink blush to add a little color to your cheeks. It will help draw attention away from dark circles and tired eyes. Use a cream blush for a dewy glow.

3 Pucker Up

A bright pink lip will help add a pop of color to your sleepy skin. People won't notice you look so sleepy, but they will be more likely to notice your pretty smile.

2 High Ponytail

Pulling your hair into a high ponytail or bun on top of your head is like an instant face-lift because it pulls the skin around your face taut. And besides, who really has time to do their hair, anyway?

1 When All Else Fails...

There's always sunglasses.


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