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Beauty boss: For wide awake eyes, just conceal, contour and lift

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Tired all the time? After too many late nights, endless screentime and a lack of self-care, our eyes can quickly turn from bright and sparkling to hooded and puffy.

To get your peepers looking pert again, make-up artist Saffron Hughes shares how to achieve wide-awake eyes with clever cosmetics.

Boost your brows

Perfectly arched brows can work miracles, providing an over-all lifted look to the face.

Saffron said: “First, extend the brow length outwards and opt for a subtle, natural arch without significant shaping.

“To find where your arch should be, line a brow pencil diagonally to the centre of your eye from the side of your nostril. Fuller brows are also ideal for drawing the attention upward but be careful not to overdo the pencilling!”

Turn up the base

“Finding the right eyeshadow base is crucial for creating a fake eye lift,” explained Saffron. “Whether you choose a primer or concealer, the formula should be crease-free, neutralise the tone of the eyelids, and emphasise the eyeshadow colours.

“Simply apply the base and set it with a neutral eyeshadow to create a blank canvas, and opt for a cream formula, as it tends to be longer lasting.”

Clever contouring

According to Saffron, every woman needs three items in her eye lift arsenal: concealer, contour and mascara.

“Apply concealer under the eyebrow arch and then at the outer corner of your eye,” she explained. “These are naturally shadowed spots, so concealing and neutralising any darkness here will create a lifted look.

“Next, use a brown eyeshadow for contouring, following the crease of your eye, and flicking outwards for a blended, winged effect. Finish with mascara to lift the eyelashes and create an awake, youthful look.”

Make-up artist Saffron Hughes shares clever tips and tricks to get an eye lift without going under the knife

Sparkle and shine

Saffron continued: “Highlighter doesn’t just give life to the cheekbones, it’s one of the best tricks for faking an eye lift. Dab a little iridescent highlighter on the inner corner of your eyelids and below the arches of your brows to instantly make your eyes appear wider.”

Fake it

If your lashes are a little lacklustre, Saffron recommends adding a false flutter to open and frame the eyes.

She said: “If you have big or round eyes, create more drama towards the outer corners with demi-wispies. If you have smaller or hooded eyes, opt for lashes with a slightly longer centre to create an illusion of depth. Once you find the right pair of falsies, it will flatter and lift your eye shape.”