Step 1: Start with a clean slate
This is especially important if you went to bed without washing your face last night and remnants of yesterday’s makeup are sticking around. A gentle cleanser is ideal, says Rich Campbell, who’s worked as a makeup artist for 25 years for brands like Origins, Dior, and Chanel, and is the director of education at Dermaflash. Follow up with your regular daily moisturizer. Hydrated skin perks you up because it naturally makes skin look more glow-y and vibrant.
Step 2: Smooth on tinted moisturizer
“I like a natural look for summer,” says Campbell, who recommends grabbing a tinted moisturizer with a built-in SPF 30. (Note: If your regular moisturizer already has an SPF 30, it’s not necessary for the tinted moisturizer to have it as well. The key is that one of these provides sun protection.) “These blend in nicely and even your skin tone, leaving skin looking sun kissed,” he says. “In summer, a little illumination is a nice touch,” he says.
Step 3: Target under eye circles
One of the key areas to focus on when you’re tired is your under eye bags. To prep the skin, use an eye cream to battle puffiness. Next you will want to hide the appearance of dark circles. Take a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone and apply this in a triangular shape under your eyes. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle is a great drugstore brand product.