Givenchy How to Not Look TiredI actually can’t remember when it started, but literally every single morning I wake up saying the exact same thing: “I’m so exhausted.” And I literally am. On average, I would say I get about 7ish hours of sleep a night, maybe, if I’m lucky, but the thing is, there’s a distinct difference between feeling tired, and visibly looking tired. You know the look. Puffy eyes, puffy face, dark circles, larger than life pores, dry skin and facial imperfections that even makeup can’t seem to cover up.

Yesterday was one of those days. I looked in the mirror and thought, ”Do I really look like this? What did I do to deserve this? What can I do to save myself?” It’s days like these show how salt, alcohol or sleep deprivation can get the best of us, and it’s literally painful to look in the mirror. But feeling sorry for myself is not an option. I have written about the best way to detox the body, but how do we un-puff the eyes and face and make ourselves look less tired? I’ve compiled my tried and true tips (that I swear by!) for how NOT to look tired – even when you are. Perfect, right? Just in time for fashion week.

1. For starters, drink water! This was one of my New Year’s resolutions and its something that I have to work hard at. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you look tired. Water is the key to life. On a normal day you should drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses, so when you look tired, pump that up! For those that have a water aversion like me, add lemon or emergen-c.

2. Apply a facemask! Make sure you use something nourishing or hydrating, because you want plump up that tired skin. My latest skincare love is Fresh Sugar Face Polish, a nourishing exfoliant made with pure brown sugar and strawberry seeds that seriously refines and hydrates for a truly radiant complexion. I recently traveled with this mask and applied right after my flights, and magically looked completely rested and pore-free! This product is a must-buy, tired or not. I’m also DIGGING Bioxidea Miracle 24 Face Mask. It’s one of those cloth sheets that is just saturated with serum.

3. Apply an eye mask. Sure, sure you just applied your face mask, but that delicate area around the eyes is one of the telltale signs of fatigue. I LOVE Klorane and Chantecaille eye masks because they’re super easy to apply and perfect for travel. If they say ‘leave on for twenty minutes’, apply for one hour. I also love Talika’s Cellular Eye Contour Patch. This brand is new for me, and what I love that the patches are inspired by aesthetic surgery techniques.

4. Get moving. Take a brisk walk or go work out! I know, sometimes exercise seems like a daunting idea, but getting up and moving gives you a rosy and healthy glow.

5. Always keep spoons in the freezer to combat days like this. Frozen spoons on the eyes will work wonders in the de-puff department. Take out of the freezer and leave on your eyes for as long as you can.

6. Splurge on citrus. They’re packed with vitamin C, and can increase energy and alertness. Add lemon to your water or down a ½ grapefruit. Add honey to make it a bit sweeter.

7. Try an eye massage. Clinique De-Puffing Eye Massage is great for on-the-go. Its like a roll-on perfume, but for your eyes. The cold metal ball instantly cools while dispensing brightening serum. I also love newly discovered Eye Detox, Care & Color Gel 2 in 1 Skincare and Make-Up by Talika. One side contains a cooling gel and the other a concealer. Um, so sick.

8. Eyedrops! I’m addicted to Rohto Cooling Eye Drops. I keep a few around my apartment and in my makeup bag just in case. My LA bestie Taylor got me involved in these. Apparently, everyone in Hollywood uses these babies.

9. Concealer the eyes. Apply under the eyes and around the nose area and down the smile lines. A color that is slightly lighter than your skintone will brighten your complexion immediately. I’m LOVING Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer (in Vanilla), which is a touch lighter than my natural color.

10. Luminize. Radiant or luminizing products deflect light and make imperfections less visible. A brighter face makes you instantly look awake. My latest love is a product I just talked about, Koh Gen Do’s Aqua Illuminator. It’s the B.O.M.B. You can either mix in a large dollop in with your moisturizer OR apply directly around your eyes, cupid’s bow, forehead and, of course, the brim of the nose. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is another excellent dual-functioning product that can be used as a highlighter to brighten and nourish your skin.

11. Invest in a brightening pen. Sometimes if you’re lazy or just lounging around the house (but you still want to look your best), apply a brightening pen like BY TERRY Touche Veloutée Highlighting Concealer or classic YSL Touche Éclat in Luminous Radiance. These are beauty bag essentials.

12. Benefit Eye Bright. This pink-toned, creamy stick has been one of my go-to brightening products for years. I simply apply it under my eyes and on the inside corners to wake up.

13. Sunglasses always do the trick. I’m rotating between my Karen Walker Super Duper Strength and my good ole’ Prada Baroque sunnies.

So there you go! Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any tips to share with me.

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So this is my easy highlight and contour method to get those Kim Kardashian cheekbones! I find it is a lot more forgiving to apply the darker foundation to the makeup brush first than to directly on to your face and blending it out and I hope my technique helps anyone else out there that struggles to blend out thick lines of dark foundation :)

I know in the beginning I said that mine was easier than the ones where you apply block colour and then blend it out, but i meant for the contouring! I know this is what I do for highlighting and I am sorry!

Products used:

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC25 (my foundation that matches my skintone)
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation 350 (my contouring shade)
Clinique Dermawhite Foundation 01 Ivory
Rimmel Silking Loose Face Powder 001 Transparent
Pupa Milano Desert Bronzing Powder 02

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I’m a fan of all things nude. And though I wholeheartedly support Lena Dunham’s nakedness on Sunday nights, I’m speaking of the color variety here. Minimalism is always chic (think Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy). So when Clinique announced their 16 Shades of Beige Launch I was into it. Firstly, I salute their inclusiveness. It’s great to see a major brand like Clinique offering nude shades for all the ladies out there.

The eight polishes in the collection are elegant, refined and frankly a breathe of fresh air. This year nail art saturated the glossies with geometric shapes to graphic tips. I do love a bold nail look but am happy to get back to basics. These nudes are the Yin to the nail art Yang. From soft cottony shades to deep cocoas and bronzes, there’s a hue for everyone. And they are limited edition so get on it!

-Photos by Aimee Blaut in Stockholm

Here you have a pointy geometric manicure à la Lana Del Ray. Any other time of year my nails are humble and of the short variation but seeing as we are on the cusp of New Year’s Eve, I decided to be bold. After all it’s the best time to go the impractical talon route. These nails are designed for holding champagne flutes (or bananas!) all night long since accomplishing any tasks with value feels impossible. While day-to-day life may feel slightly Edward Scissorhands my nails are still pretty to look at, which was the point anyway (unlocking your apartment door is overrated).

Sweden’s reigning nail queen, Frida Selkirk, used Balmain’s Couture Nail Collection for the color after she shaped and applied acrylics. For the base coat we used Nude, which is the perfect colorless shade that matches everything. It’s a very opaque polish so we only did one coat. And to accentuate the sharp tips we used Rouge.

Enjoy the last two days of 2013 and I hope this inspires some impractically bold beauty decisions.

Photos by: Anna Granberg in Stockholm; Nails by Frida Selkirk

Everyone’s calendars are bursting with holiday fetes and Christmas cocktails — it’s the perfect time to take the chance on a sexy new look, à la glossy eye. Plus, it only takes five minutes and can be perfected in the bumpiest of taxi cabs, and when you’re running from one party to another, you might have to get creative. This quickie will have you sipping champagne and dancing into 2014 looking like a knockout. Now the only dilemma left is choosing which track is your fave on the new Beyoncé album. Peep the how to below:

1. Pat on a taupey brown eyeshadow, like MAC Shadow in Patina, all over your lid.

2. Introduce some shine by swiping a metallic gold shadow along the crease. Lightly blend the shadow upwards using a brush. I used Clinique All About Shadow in At Dusk.

3.  Line your upper lashline and lower waterline with a brown eyeliner pencil. I chose Butter London’s warm chocolate shade, Brown Sugar. I like its rich color and soft texture.

4. Cover your lids with a gloss, using a blending brush .Softly press the balm onto your lids until they are completely coated. Expect some smudging. (I used a discontinued shade of MAC Tendertone–but their lip glass in Myth works as well.)

5. Add a swipe of your favorite mascara to your top and bottom lashes. Be sure to get the outer corners where your lashes meet to really open up your eyes. Then, finish the look with a bold matte lip.

 -Photos by Sandra Myhrberg in Stockholm