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How to Look Less Tired

Updated on February 23, 2013

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No one wants to look like a sleepless zombie plodding through the day with hazy eyes and slumped shoulders. Yet, sometimes our tiredness can be just too overwhelming for us to bring out our agile and sprightly selves. All of us, even those who go to bed at eight and take such excellent care of themselves, have had one of those days. The best way to prevent this, of course, is to make sure you get adequate sleep every night and try not to burden your day with more than you can handle. Unfortunately, life isn't always kind. A night of tossing and turning happens to everyone once in a while. Your family life and work could collide sometimes, leaving you with a lengthy to-do list only a comic super hero can complete in one day. That doesn't mean you should succumb to your fatigue and allow the world to see what a miserable human being you are, though. Even if you have nothing but a tiny shred of energy left, you can at least try to appear more spirited than you actually are.


No Disheveled Hair

The unkempt look could be stylishly quirky only when it's matched with a fun personality, not when it seems as though you hardly have any energy to breathe. Yes, it could be a torture to spend fifteen minutes to wash and properly blow-dry your hair when you don't even want to get out of bed. There are many other things you can do to avoid appearing so sloppy, though. For example, it takes less than five minutes to comb your hair and put it in a neat ponytail. A dainty headband can also help you achieve a presentable look while in a hurry. If you're going to spend time outdoors, you might just put on a nice hat. No matter what you do, just don't go out in public with a shaggy bird nest on your head; it only accentuates your misery.


Mask Those Dark Circles

If sleepless nights are an inevitable part of your lifestyle, high-quality eye creams and concealers should be essential items in your cosmetic drawer. Dark under-eye circles not only reveal your tiredness but also add a few more years to your face. You may only be in your thirties, but if you do nothing about those dark circles, don't be surprised people might start calling you "Betty White." Eye creams moisturize the skin around your eyes while preventing dark circles and wrinkles. Eye concealers come in handy when those dark circles have already appeared and proven to be beyond the help of an eye cream. They are available in the forms of sticks, liquid and powder. No matter what type of concealer you choose, make sure it subtly blends with your natural skin tone.

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It's All About Posture

Slouching and leaning back are gestural signs that imply, "I need to be in bed." Maintaining an erect posture, on the other hand, is how you tell the world, "I might be tired but I'm not defeated!" Imagine how it would make you feel if a client or potential business partner slumps like a deflated doll in an important meeting. You surely wouldn't appreciate their body language. When you're on a brink of falling asleep, slouching over your desk only makes the matter worse. You might end up landing your face onto your computer keyboard or coffee mug. If you sit up straight, however, it might be easier to stay awake.



Try to smile a little when you interact with people. A facial expression of fatigue can sometimes be mistaken as grumpiness or despondency. Even if you don't really want to smile, just fake it. According to a research study by University of Kansas, even an artificial smile can help relieve stress, brighten up your mood and get you through a hectic day without feeling too much like you might lose your sanity.


Wear Something Fun and Colorful

When you're tired, your face probably looks sleepy, your movements could seem clumsy, and your speech might be slower than usual. What could better draw people's attention away from these negative things than a lovely outfit? Plus, studies show that the color of your clothes can indeed affect your mood. To feel more active on an exhausting day, go with bright colors, such as red, yellow, orange and pink.

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  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @lindacee - I've got the same problem. Even after sleeping for 10 hrs, I still look like a panda LOL....Thanks for dropping by, Linda. :)

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    lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

    Doesn't matter how much sleep I get, those dark under eye circles just won't go away. I think in my case, it has to do with sinus problems/allergies (and ugh, age!). I have found a concealer that seems to work quite well. Now I can focus on the hair, smile and posture! Thanks for the tips. These are things I really hadn't thought about, but they do contribute to that tired look.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @Emma Harvey - That's right; no more slump! Glad you like these tips, Emma. Thanks for dropping by. :)

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    Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

    Love the tips Om. I'm always rushing first thing in the morning, and along with looking exhausted, I cannot hide my tiredness at work - so I will take your hair advice. I never considered posture but that also makes sense. I do slump a lot, so will make the effort to take care of my spine while looking more awake at the same time!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @akirchner - Haha what a great son you have! And yes, sometimes I do feel like using my eye concealer to cover some other parts of my body, too. lol

    @randomcreative - Thanks, Rose. Glad you found these easy tips helpful.

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Great tips! I love how all of these suggestions are so simple. Even making one or two changes can make a big difference for turning around a tired appearance.

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    Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Washington

    Personally, Om I like a comatose facial expression~ Ha - I rarely have a comatose anything thankfully but my whole family suffers with the dark circles thing if we miss our beauty sleep. My son (honestly) recommends cucumber slices and he's not gay--just very, very vain~ I personally think eye concealer is the way to go though I've made jokes about using it to cover my backside and my thighs--I think it'd be too expensive in the long run though~