For the busy woman who can barely squeeze in five hours of sleep, the world need not know your dark secret. You can keep hustling like the true girl boss you are and still look as radiant as the sun! Apart from having a good skin care routine, keeping a fatigue-proof makeup kit is nothing short of essential.

Below, we break down the must-haves to looking bright and awake 24/7. (While these are great for quick-fixes, remember that nothing can ever replace seven to eight hours of good-quality sleep daily.)

1. Color Correcting Primer

When you're low on sleep, the first thing that shows it is your skin. So counteract any dullness with a color correcting primer that will brighten your complexion even without foundation.

IMAGE Rustan's

Try: Stila One Step Correct, Rustan's Shangri-la

2. Tinted Moisturizer

With dull skin comes the temptation to cake on your base makeup, but we strongly advise against this. Applying a thick layer of foundation will hide the last bit of glow that your skin still has. Instead, choose a tinted moisturizer that will subtly even out your skin tone and provide extra hydration. Your skin will look naturally radiant and healthy!


Try: Olay Total Effects 7-in-One Day Cream Touch of Foundation, Watsons

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3. Undereye Corrector

Impossibly dark underye circles need more than your average concealer to stay hidden, and here's where color-correcting products come in handy. Before your actual concealer, neutralize the blue tones of your eye bags with a peach-toned concealer. This way, you won't need too much coverage.

IMAGE Happy Skin

Try: Happy Skin in Bye Bye Blues Brightening Concealer Wand in Medium Beige, P899, Powerplant Mall

4. Brightening Concealer

On a good day, your undereye concealer should match your skin tone perfectly. But if you're running on less than three hours of sleep, going half a shade lighter shouldn't hurt. Doing this will brighten your undereyes without making it too obvious that you have product on your skin.


Try: Revlon Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer, P975, Revlon kiosks

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5. Highlighter

To properly simulate a well-rested vibe, don't skip the highlighter! Apply it to the high points of your face (cheekbones, nose bridge, cupid's bow, inner corners of the eye) to lift your features. Cream highlighters tend to look more natural, but for on-the-go application, a creamy stick will do.


TRY: BeYu Hello Halo Highlighting Stick in Golden Glow, P725, Watsons

6. Blush

When sleep-deprived, the skin can lose a bit of color and turn quite pale. For this, blush is your best friend! Simulate that rosy glow from getting eight hours of rest with this little secret. 

IMAGE Glamourbox

TRY: Pixi Multibalm in Baby Petal, P650, Glamourbox

7. Mascara

Chances are, if you're busy and low on sleep, you have no time to do your eye makeup as well. But if you have extra two minutes, swipe on some mascara. A few coats will open your peepers right up and make you look more awake!

IMAGE Glamourbox

TRY: Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara, P990, Glamourbox


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