How to cover dark circles and look wide-awake in four easy steps

The four-step guide for those days when you wake up looking like you've been punched in the face. Twice. Dark circles be gone!

We're entering party season, people, which means cocktails, fun and unpleasant mornings. It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also the most taxing. Even if you don't go out every single night, you'll probably feel tired for a one-month stretch. And those dark circles just get deeper and deeper...

For those mornings when you wake up looking drawn and haggard with big black undereyes, we apply this tried and tested formula to fool people into thinking we've been up since dawn practising yoga and drinking wheatgrass smoothies.

Ready for it? Get the wide-awake look in four easy steps.

  • Dot a hydrating eye cream under the eye to prep the area. Make sure it's fast-absorbing - you likely don't have a lot of time to spare! The cream will serve as a base for your trowel job¬†to ensure the makeup goes on smoothly.

We like the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes. It sinks in in a jiffy and is actually designed to target dark circles and puffiness.

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  • Cover the darkness with a colour corrector.

Try Benefit Erase Paste, which has an orange tone to counter the blue-y purple-ish shade

  • Apply a concealer that is a couple of shades lighter than your foundation.

You can't beat Mac for coverage and shade range.

  • Set it all with powder to make sure your handiwork stays put all day and to prevent creasing.
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The Bare Minerals Well Rested powder is yellow toned to deflect that dark (and it's brilliant).

You may feel tired for the entire month of December and maybe November if you're ambitious, but you won't look it.

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