By BR Kellie
We all have those days (and if you don't, I'm jealous)... You wake up. You look in the mirror. Your heart sinks. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's lack of sleep, maybe you've been ill or are getting ill, maybe hormones are marching through your body whispering lies into your head... whatever the reason, you're having a BFD.
Bad Face Days suck. But they happen. Chances are those around us think we look our same fabulous selves, but we don't see what they see. We see dark circles under the eyes. Extra frowny frown lines. Skin that looks dull. You get the picture...
So what's a gal to do when she's hit with a BFD? Tackle the problem, of course! So what are some quick and easy ways to turn a BFD into a GFD (Great Face Day)? Check these out...
Want to reveal a fresher you? You're going to have to hide yourself away for a bit first. And by hide yourself away, I mean, pop on a face mask for twenty odd minutes. Choose one that suits your skin type, let it luxuriate on your skin, then wash it away. Even if you're still not feeling peppy after pampering yourself, your skin will at least be glowing.
Speaking of masks... How did we live without eye patches? Not the pirate kind, but the serum-infused under-eye kind. They perform too-tired-to-exist wizardry. Simply whack a pair on. Go about your day for fifteen or more minutes. Peel off - and voila - you look instantly refreshed. They're not just for your eyes either. If you've woken up with wrinkles more furrowed than usual around your mouth, on your forehead or between your brows, pop an eye patch on, let it do its thing, and before you know it you'll be living the hydrated skin, wrinkles plumped up dream.
A simple trick to instantly brighten your face, or your whole look, is to apply a spectacular shade of lipstick. Think fuschia pink, a true red, bright orange. Sure, it can be nerve-wracking if you're used to a more subtle shade, but once you see the admiring glances and receive the 'you look great today' compliments, all nerves will quickly fade away.
I don't look awake until I apply mascara, which is why mascara is kinda magic, and a must for those days when you look like you've not slept in a week. A few sweeps of the wand through your lashes and your eyes appear wider, brighter and you'll look more alert.
Another quick fix to making yourself look more fab than you feel to try a little lymphatic drainage massage. You can do this with your own hands, but you can also use a jade roller, and Gothamista has a fantastic video tutorial on how to use a jade roller - and what to look for if you're wanting to buy a proper jade roller and not an imitation one.
Lastly? This is my all time favourite trick to hiding the ugh, the meh, the why-do-I-have-to-adult-today. Smile. If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times, and I'll say it a thousand times again. Smiling instantly brightens your face, lights up your eyes, and makes you look a million times better than wandering round with a woe-is-me frown. Reveal your pearlers and show the world your shine!