Use brightening eye drops. It's the easiest, quickest way to make eyes look more awake. Visine does the trick, but shouldn't be used consistently.
A fantastic alternative to eye drops: White eyeliner on the inner, lower rim of your lash line. It is a classic makeup artist trick to brighten the eyes. If pure white feels too intense, go for a very pale pink, ivory, or even silver.
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Avoid dark eye shadows. They cast the entire lid in darkness. Use a flesh-toned hue instead to even out skin tone, then top it with a sheer gold shadow, applied from lashline to crease.
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|Sweeping white shadow on the inner corner also makes you look more alert.|
Dust bronzer and blush for the ultimate refreshed and ready-to-go-out look!
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