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Quick wake up make-up: how to put foundation on successfully in the morning?

If early starts and late nights are no strangers in your busy life, we've put together a tutorial for how to put foundation on correctly, and hide those dark circles and fatigued skin. Even if the day does its worst, at least you'll be fresh-faced and radiant from dawn to dusk thanks to your foundation ally!

Applying your foundation in the right way can be the key to covering up any signs of fatigue and stress. But when it's early, and we're lacking sleep, the right way of how to put foundation on can seem like an impossible task.

Take a breath and follow these easy guidelines for quick
wake up make-up inspired by effortless French beauty!

10 signs you and your skin are overtired

  1. Skin looks unnaturally pale
  2. Skin feels less plump
  3. Face looks tense and drawn
  4. Fine lines and wrinkles are more pronounced
  5. Dark circles appear under eyes
  6. Puffy skin above and under the eye
  7. Skin is dull and lacks radiance
  8. Uneven color across the face
  9. Skin can feel dry and tight
  10. Blemishes and scars marks are more apparent

The importance of powerful skincare for fatigued skin

Time to turn your skincare up a notch. While make-up can help hide the tiredness, it's essential that you help your tired with an adapted skincare routine. Lancôme's Advanced Génifique is a radiance activating concentrate serum that is applied before moisturizer. Concentrated in active ingredients, a daily application allows your skin to look fresher and youthfully radiant in just 7 days and improves the surface of the skin to be more luminous.

Cushion? Make-up, not the pillow

Have you already heard about cushion make-up, the beauty trend from Korea? A soft puff is pressed gently against a cushion "tank" infused with liquid foundation, then used to dab onto the skin to provide even coverage that masks blemishes.

Cushion foundations like Lancôme's Miracle Cushion and Teint Idole Ultra Cushion offer a simple alternative for how to put foundation on. The Miracle Cushion offers an extra-lightweight, radiant and natural-looking finish, while the Teint Idole Ultra Cushion provides skin with long-lasting coverage. When you're in a rush or looking for fuss-free, efficient coverage, cushion foundation offers the ideal solution with its integrated applicator and buildable color that's perfect for on-the-go-girls.


Step 1

Ideally, although it might be the last thing on your mind when it's finally time for some shut-eye, you should apply an overnight recovery mask like the Regenerating brightening cream mask that melts into the skin and leaves the complexion looking rested and fresh-faced when the alarm clock rings..

Step 2

On a clean face, apply your Advanced Génifique concentrate using the self-loading dropper. Use your fingertips to massage the serum into the skin using small circular movements to ensure optimal absorption.

Step 3

If you have noticed the first signs of aging on your skin, follow with Rénergie Multi-Action Day Cream to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, pores, and uneven radiance.

Step 4

As for how to put foundation on, it couldn't be simpler. Apply your cushion foundation with the puff in light dabbing motions. Start at the cheeks, from the bridge of the nose outwards towards the temple, then from the chin to under the ear and then the forehead, from between the brows to the hairline.

Step 5

Fold the pad in half to access tricky-to-reach areas like the nostrils and under the lower lip. The more you pat, the more coverage you'll achieve, so build up your foundation gradually.

Step 6

Cover any under-eye shadows using a concealer like Lancôme's Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage, which offers long-wear full coverage and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Use your fingertip to blend.

Step 7

Fight the fatigue and give yourself an energized glow using the Blush Subtil on the apples of your cheeks.

Avoid looking tired: lifestyle tips

Five simple golden rules for fresh-looking skin.

A good night's sleep!
Our body, including our skin, functions better when we've had a good, uninterrupted night's sleep. If you do have to stay out late, try and limit it to once a week.

Healthy diet & hydration
Eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water will keep your body in prime condition, and better prepared to deal with long nights.

Exercise: body and face
Regular exercise, whether it be biking to work or joining a self-defense class, is not just good for keeping in shape, it helps keep your skin tight and toned!

Find the perfect skincare routine
Don't just cover up your skin when it looks and feels tired. Treat it with an adapted skincare routine and infuse energy and radiance into your complexion, even if you aren't feeling it on the inside!

Know your make-up, know your technique
From choosing between matte and glowy, shimmery or sheer, and knowing how to put foundation on, it's important you know how to get the most out of your make-up to conceal any fatigue.

(1) Self assessment on 34 women
(2) Self assessment on 34 women

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