Whether it’s due to lack of sleep, one too many glasses of wine the night before, or a combination of both, waking up with dull, puffy eyes happens more than most of us would like to admit. Eyes are the focal point of the face, so if your eyes look tired, you can be sure your whole face does, too.

Getting a good night’s rest is essential for a naturally fresh face, but when it’s just not possible you have to dig a little deeper with your beauty regime. Make sure you’re taking necessary steps like curling your lashes instead of just layering on mascara, using a light-reflecting concealer to balance out the blue of your under-eye circles, and applying white eye liner instead of black for an eye-popping effect.

Wake up, greet the day and get yourself that extra large coffee that’s calling your name. Because even if you feel like you’re about to topple over from tiredness, your eyes will say “I’m here, let’s do this!” This is how to get brighter eyes in 5 easy steps.

1. Curl Your Lashes

A simple step like curling your lashes does wonders for your overall look. Using a lash curler opens your eyes so they look bigger and brighter. Apply two coats of mascara to your top and bottom lashes for eye-popping definition.

2. Eyebrow Definition

Nicely filled out eyebrows with a defined arch bring favourable attention to your eyes. Follow your natural eyebrow shape with light feathering, and voila, your eyes will look more striking.

3. Highlight

If you’ve ever watched What Not To Wear you know that highlighting is key to bright eyes. Every woman who got a makeover was told to use a highlighter on the brow bone and the inner corners of their eyes. This perked-up look works for absolutely everyone!

4. Conceal

Using a proper concealer for your dark under eye circles will brighten up your eyes to make you look super awake, even on your most tired mornings. Invest in a light-reflecting concealer as it will balance out the bluish-grey colour of the bags.

5. White Liner

Using a white eyeliner on the inner rim of your lashes instantly makes you look more awake by extending the whites of your eyes to make them look larger. Whereas black liner can make your eyes look smaller and squinty, white liner does the opposite.

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Eyes are the focal point of the face, so if your eyes look tired, you can be sure your whole face does, too. So wake up, greet the day, grab a coffee, and learn how to get brighter eyes in 5 easy steps.

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Kate is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Toronto, Canada. She’s always had a passion for the written word, and after interning at publications such as FASHION Magazine and The Kit, she knew she had to take her passion to the next level. When she’s not sharing her love for styling outfits, home cooked meals, fitness endeavours and home décor, she’s probably taking a hot yoga class or watching the latest series on Netflix.

This is an excerpt from the article How to Get Brighter Eyes in 5 Easy Steps which originally appeared on http://www.cloudywithachanceofwine.com/.