Didn’t get much sleep last night? Wave your cosmetic magic wand: These simple solutions instantly undo fine lines, a tired complexion and more. Plus, find out which miracle-working products get the job done fast.
DOWNPLAY Lightly massage a pea-size amount of a brightening eye cream over lines using your ring finger (it applies the least pressure). "Hydrating skin first makes lines less noticeable," says celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Let cream dry, then tap on a wrinkle-filling product to prevent makeup from settling in and accentuating creases.
Olay Total Effects Eye Brightening CC Cream, $19.94;
DermaSilk 1 Minute Wrinkle Erase Pen, $19.99;
PLAY UP your lashes. Curl them, then brush on two coats of black mascara," says Roncal. "This draws attention to your eyes, not the area around them."
WD Pick: Flower Zoom-in Ulitmate Mascara, $7.98;
DOWNPLAY "Even out your skin tone with a color-correcting base," says Rick DiCecca, Artistry's global makeup artist. But it's not just what you use, it's the way you apply it. With makeup, avoid using your fingertips, which adds body heat, or a sponge, which causes friction—both will lead to more redness. Instead, use a large powder brush to gently blend the color properly.
L'Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream Anti-Redness, $7.96;
Sonia Kashuk Dense Blush/Powder Brush No. 24, $17.19;
PLAY UP your bone structure. Use a neutral or golden blush to offset any red. "Sweep it up along cheekbones for a lifting effect," says DiCecca.
WD Pick: NYX Cosmetics Baked Blush in Solstice, $7;
DOWNPLAY After you apply moisturizer, reach for a makeup primer. It will keep products in place longer, lock in hydration and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. "Once you have this base, your skin is ready for foundation, which should glide on and blend in with ease," says DiCecca.
Garnier 5 Sec Blur Skin Renew Instant Smoother, $17.99;
Maybelline New York Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation SPF 20, $8.94;
PLAY UP your lips to create a focal point. "A bold lipcolor is always a great attention grabber," says Roncal.
WD Pick: Laura Geller Beauty Lasting Love Lip Stain in Crimson Crush, $29 for 3 pack;
WHAT TO USE A duo of liners: dark brown, which is softer-looking than basic black, and peach or nude.
HOW TO APPLY Line only your top lid with the darker shade (it draws attention to your upper eyes, making them seem more open). Then, put the lighter color on the inner corners of your eyes and along your lower lashes to keep eyes bright.
Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eye Liner + Serum in Deep Brown, $9.87;
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude, $10.15;
WHAT TO USE A color-correcting (CC) cream that contains hydrating ingredients, age-fighting vitamins, sun protection and a slight tint.
HOW TO APPLY Pump cream onto the back of your hand—this warms it up so it easily glides over skin. Using a foundation brush or makeup sponge, apply with gentle downward strokes to minimize the appearance of pores.
Yes to Grapefruit CC Cream, $15.99;
WHAT TO USE A creamy blush—it won't settle into fine lines and highlight imperfections like powder can do.
HOW TO APPLY Smile wide and tap color onto the apples of your cheeks with your ring finger. Then use a blush brush (yes, even for creamy formulas) to sweep color along your cheekbones in upward strokes.
FLOWER Crème Blush in Peach Blossom, $7.98;
WHAT TO USE An illuminating cream deposits a subtle shimmer—and attracts and reflects light to liven up dull areas of your skin.
HOW TO APPLY Tap it onto the areas along your face where light naturally hits (tops of cheekbones; down the center of your nose) to give the illusion of a more radiant complexion.
Boots No. 7 Skin Illuminator, $9.99;
WD's beauty editor Melissa Matthews Brown demonstrates how to apply illuminating cream at WomansDay.com/Luminizer.
WHAT TO USE A lip crayon, with its pointed tip and creamy texture, will line and fill lips with no need for blending (when your liner and lipcolor don't match, it can look dated).
HOW TO APPLY Use the lip crayon's tip to outline the edges of lips and the side to glide on color. If the tip begins to dull, place the crayon in the freezer until it hardens (about 1 minute) before sharpening.
CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ruby Twist, $6.86;
SOURCES: Ramy Gafni, founder, RAMY Beauty Therapy cosmetics. Kate McCarthy, glo-minerals national makeup artist. Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Mally Beauty.