Take It From Pro Models: How to Get Your Glow Back After Pulling an All-Nighter

by - Monday, April 02, 2018

We have all been there, whether you are burning the midnight oil to finish a college project or a work deadline. Or perhaps you just missed your bedtime because you were having too much fun or engaged in fascinating conversation.

Whatever the reason, while you may or may not have enjoyed staying up all night, there’s no doubt that tomorrow will be rough.

It will be challenging to get through a day when you are running on little to no energy, and while your head will undoubtedly be pounding, you could also potentially look like a cast member of “The Walking Dead.”

Models are some of the most beautiful women in the world, and they know a thing or to about how you can make yourself look dazzling at any given moment. Direct from their experiences, here is how to get your glow back after pulling an all-nighter.

1. Prevention is better than cure

Whether you are knowingly pulling an all-nighter or just getting very minimal sleep, the more you can do the night before, the better. Whatever you do, don't consume sodium-filled foods (such as potato chips or pizza), as the high-levels of salt will prompt your body to retain fluids, resulting in a very puffy face in the morning.

If you are staying out late because you are partying with friends, make sure to chase every drink you have with a glass of water. Committing to this will reduce the chances of a hangover, and also assist in keeping your skin hydrated the next day.

Additionally, try to do your hair the night before (perhaps in two loose braids or a bun), so you have one thing less to worry about in the morning.

2. Hydrate immediately

Every day, even if you have slept a full eight hours, you still should be replenishing your body with a large glass of water as soon as you wake up. According to female models in Dubai, this is especially important after you have pulled an all-nighter. Continue drinking copious amounts of water throughout the day to rehydrate yourself.

3. Use H2O to awaken your skin

After consuming your first glass of water, make your way to the shower. When you are exhausted, you may find yourself wanting to skip this step, but the water will help to wake you up and make you feel less like a zombie.

Reach for your exfoliating scrubbing brushes and energizing shower gel, and treat yourself to a morning wake-up session. While in the shower, awaken your dull, tired-looking skin with an exfoliating scrub (Gigi Hadid loves St. Ives Apricot Scrub!) as sleep deprivation first shows up in the skin. Splash ice cold water onto your face to tighten the blood vessels and decrease redness.

Once out of the shower, slather on an abundance of moisturizer — your skin needs it!

If you have time for a sheet mask, it will help repair the moisture lost from lack of sleep. Look for one that includes hyaluronic acid (a moisture-binding ingredient) to ensure dull-looking skin transforms to looking plump and hydrated.

After you have finished with the mask, take a couple of minutes to massage the remaining moisture on your face in an upward motion to increase circulation.

4. Focus on the eyes

Now that you have hydrated and moisturized, it is time to focus on your eyes — the most obvious place for tiredness to show. For a real wake-up call, either chill two cold spoons, used tea bags, or cucumbers in the fridge and press them gently around your eye sockets for about 10 minutes.

While the cold spoons can feel shocking at first, they will immediately calm your sleepy eyes and diminish the inflammation of under-eye bags that you may have. The tea bags have a slightly astringent quality, so they will tighten the under-eye area as well. And, as cucumbersare made up of more than 90 percent water, they will just feel refreshing and hydrating (and a little luxurious!).

Next, take an eye cream that specifically targets dark circles and puffiness, and lightly pat it onto the skin until completely absorbed.

And then, of course, there’s makeup!

5. Eye makeup is your best friend

Now, you can move on to eye makeup — your best friend when you are trying to get your glow back after an all-nighter. First, apply a brightening under-eye concealer to combat redness and to lighten and wake up your eyes.

Make sure not to use a matte concealer; but, instead, use something more dewy and mousse-like in texture. While in the concealer stage, don't forget to apply it to your upper lid!

Models love to apply white liner onto their bottom waterline as it gives the appearance of having wider (in this case more awake) eyes. Similarly, if you use a lighter flesh-tone eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes, they will rapidly look far more alert and awake!

Finally, don't forget to utilize your trusty eyelash curler and some of your favorite mascara. No one will ever know how tired those eyes of yours really are!

6. Let the rest of your makeup do the job

There’s no doubt that your skin is dehydrated after a lack of sleep, so forget about your powder products and instead reach for your most creamy makeup. Before you apply your liquid foundation, mix it with a small amount of liquid illuminator to ensure brighter skin.

Even though you are exhausted, don't forget about adding some color to your cheeks. A natural-looking rosy or peachy glow cream blush will have you looking youthful and refreshed in no time.

Finally, add a natural-looking color lip stain to your pout (models like berry stains!), and you are good to go on the skin and makeup front. In fact, you may look so good you will have offers to join an international modelling agency!

7. Dress for the day you want to have

You know the quote, "dress for the life you want, not the life you have." Well, that sentiment works well when you are thoroughly exhausted. To really feel awake throughout the day, amp up your outfit for the day, instead of wearing sweatpants and comfy clothes. It will help your brain stay alert throughout the day.

And, because you are probably not the happiest person when you are so tired, do your best to keep smiling throughout the day until you can make your way back to bed.

Of course, enough sleep isn't necessary just to look aglow (although that is undoubtedly motivation), but rather essential fuel for everything you do. What are your go-to tips for getting your glow back after pulling an all-nighter? Let us know in the comments below!


Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.

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