I have delved into this subject before, on looking less tired with many children and no sleep.
And I’ll repeat the caveat; I do look tired, much of the time. But I look less tired than I feel – so in some regards I think that counts as a success.
Or, you know, a crushing failure at the successful balance of life and family and at not feeling perpetually exhausted.
Tired and eyeing up a can of Diet Coke
The Triangle of Light
Tired old face aside. Much like the friend at university who corrected my poor attempts at slicing an onion; when someone tells you something of real importance, not only will you remember it, but every time you encounter it again you will remember the person. Now, as I slice onions like an absolute pro, she often pops into my mind.
And, similarly, as I trowel on under eye concealer I often think of Esther Walker who first alerted me to the Triangle of Light.
You probably already know how to slice an onion AND how to apply concealer in an inverted triangle beneath your eye, but I didn’t – and now I do – and it was a glorious discovery!
So – just in case you also were not aware – it turns out that you need to apply concealer in an inverted triangle beneath your eye – as detailed in the Good Housekeeping image above, rather than dotting it underneath: a drastic improvement.
Pixi Glow Tonic
The second stage to this looking-less-tired missive is the Pixi Glow Tonic I first tried a year ago.
I liked it but wasn’t sure about the fragrance (floral). Still, I finished the first bottle and then moved onto a nameless (and much more expensive) product aiming to do the same thing, and it was so useless by comparison that I went running back to Pixi, made peace with the scent and have remained an ardent supporter since.
Really, it makes my sometimes ashen skin tone have a hint of life beneath the 8 years of no sleep. I can only imagine how great you’d look if you tried this with a few lie-ins at your disposal. Big fan.
NARS Tinted Moisturizer
Finally, in this triad of recommendations, a new tinted moisturizer has entered my life and is here to stay.
I am, for the most part, in a committed, exclusive and very satisfying relationship with chantecaille Just Skin tinted moisturizer.
Face of dreams. Or at least a little bit less of a horror show. About $100CAD / £61
BUT it is also hideously expensive and unavailable anywhere locally on the Island so I also like to have another more affordable, available option on the go. And having dabbled in a few that didn’t go anywhere, this NARS moisturizer has nudged its way in.
A girl who might have been 13 working in Sephora recommended it to me, but it turns out she’s in good company as the Sunday Times have given it a nod and it also gets excellent reviews online. Worth a shot.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, £30 / $55CAD
The latest look-less-tired advice from the children-who-don’t-sleep coal face. Triangle of light, Pixi glow tonic and NARS. With a side of diet coke and a mars bar, naturally.