Just as usual, Jennifer Lopez showed up on the 2017 Grammys red carpet looking radiant as ever. But to our surprise, in her interview with E! News, she mentioned that she was running on little to no sleep after working on multiple projects on the days leading up to the big day. If J.Lo can turn it out like this without her beauty sleep, so can you. Since piling on concealer doesn’t always do the trick and too much coffee can give you serious jitters, we’ve polled a makeup artist, skincare experts, wellness gurus and more for the ultimate guide to faking it till you make it.
How To Fake Awake
Skip The Coffee And Opt For Juice
"I do appreciate a good cup of coffee, but my favorite way to wake up is with juice—specifically green juice! I love to start my day with a combo of dark green local kale, Hawaiian ginger, zesty lemon and a tiny bit of delicious Maui Gold pineapple (oh, the pleasures of being a local). It not only tastes amazing but it actually wakes up my body, down to a cellular level. Green juice allows me to breathe deeper, think clearer and basically feel more alive and ready to handle whatever the day throws at me!"
—Heather Chavez, juicer at Andaz Maui at Wailea
Take A Minute To Breathe
"Stretching and breathing can make you look and feel more awake than you think. I have two rituals that always do the trick for me.
First thing in the morning, get your blood and oxygen flowing. Warm up your muscles and flush your system with fresh oxygen by doing a cat/cow stretch. Start on your hands and knees. Exhale and hollow your stomach, arch your back and push the floor away with your hands. As you inhale, release, widening your collarbone, tilting your hips to the ceiling, as you begin to look up with your head. Repeat five times.
A quick and simple breathing exercise can also be done as a midday break. Start in a seated position and close your eyes. Take in three deep breaths through your nose, inhaling and exhaling completely. Begin to quicken your pace, and inhale and exhale forcefully and audibly out of your nose. Speed the pace so each cycle of breath is one second. Do this for 15 to 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat.”
—Mariah Perkins, wellness expert
Play With Aromatherapy
"Aromatherapy is the perfect practice to wake up your senses and make you look and feel more alert. Incorporate essential oils into your beauty routine by placing a few drops into your daily moisturizer. Start at your feet and work toward the heart to stimulate the lymphatic system and flush out toxins. Citrus essential oils will naturally invigorate the body and clear the mind. Try lemongrass, tangerine or litsea cubeba for a healthy dose of alertness.
If a morning shower wakes you up, add peppermint essential oil to your body wash, or even spritz in the shower for a simple steam.”
—Teresa Blackwell, spa lead, 'Awili Spa & Salon, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Make Your Skin Glow Again
"Dull, dehydrated skin is a sign of a sleep-deprived body. Instantly brighten up your complexion by exfoliating, but be sure to use a gentle, particle-free gel or cream product to sweep away dead skin. Be sure to follow with a good face oil. It nourishes and gives your skin a healthy glow without looking too greasy or oily. Feel free to use it alone or mix it with your favorite tinted moisturizer.”
—Sonya Dakar, facialist at Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic
Treat Your Puffy Eyes
"To fake hours of sleep, always be sure to treat the under-eye area. For a quick de-puff routine on those mornings you need a little help, keep your favorite eye products handy in the fridge. I gently tap a thin layer of chilled serum (a combination of collagen, hyaluronic acid and licorice) around the eye and smooth onto the rest of my face. Just remember to tap away puffiness."
—Sabrina Tan, founder of Skin Inc.
Make Your Eyes Pop
"To fake awake, I use one of the original makeup-artist secrets: Menthol-infused eyedrops make even the most jet-lagged eyes look bright and rested.
Lining your waterline with white eyeliner can actually make your eyes look bigger when done correctly. However, white can be too stark and look unnatural. I prefer a pale cream-colored pencil and also smudge into the inner corners. I call it my insta-sleep!"
—Christina Guerra, makeup artist