How To Look Gorgeous When You’re Exhausted

Whether you are at New York Fashion Week attending back-to-back runway shows on the hour—every hour—for 7-days straight, or are clocking some serious overtime at your 9-5, one thing is for sure: Exhaustion ain’t pretty. Fortunately, burning the candle at both ends is surmountable—but not without the help of a few key makeup tricks and game-changing products. Here, 10 beauty buys necessary to fake that well-rested glow.


10 Beauty Essentials For Long Days

Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Use It When: You don't have time to take a shower and dry your hair. Spray on the roots of unwashed locks and run a curling iron through the top layer for a tousled Bardot-inspired—not to mention quick—hair do.

Makeup Setting Spray

Use It When: You have a fully-booked schedule keeping you running all day and straight into the evening. This new spray from Tarte will set your makeup for 16 hours, while it tightens and brightens skin with Vitamin C and maracuja oil.

Liquid Eyeliner

Use It When: You are sleep deprived, a little hungover and totally exhausted. Why? Because Chanel's new long-lasting precision eyeliner is a surefire way to look pretty, without the prerequisite beauty sleep.

Touch-Up Foundation Brush

Use It When: You have dark circles under your eyes, acne or blemishes. This lightweight miracle stick can be applied over the top of existing makeup, so keep it in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups.

Illuminating Powder

Use It When: You need to be photo ready and want to blur fine lines. YSL developed this new illuminator specifically for the high-definition world we live in, so it acts as a retoucher for all skin tones. Dust over your face for a soft-focus glow.

Hydrating Long-Lasting Lipstick

Use It When: You need to look instantly glamorous in under a minute. Lancôme's new Definition lipstick contains hydrating gel that appears matte, without the usual dryness. A bold red lip will transform your look, anytime, anywhere.

Face Mist

Use It When: You need a zen moment in the middle of a chaotic day. The all-natural face mist hydrates and energizes skin, which makes it far more effective than a 3pm sugar binge.

Eye Makeup Remover Swabs

Use It When: Your day-time eyeshadow has fallen leaving you with raccoon eyes. The striped end of the swab contains eye makeup remover to allow for hassle-free correcting en route to cocktail hour.

Blotting Papers

Use It When: Your skin starts to feel greasy or to mask unwanted shine. These travel-size blotters are lifesavers, especially after a long day in office air-conditioning.

Purple Mascara

Use It When: You need a pick-me-up before meeting friends for dinner. Butter London's new purple mascara can be applied over your existing black mascara to add a bit of drama and make the color of your eyes really pop. There's nothing like a diversion to hide sleep deprivation.