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THE MOST WON­DER­FUL TIME OF THE YEAR? More like the most hec­tic! When a good night’s rest is the first sac­ri­fice, your mood isn’t the only ca­su­alty. “If you don’t get enough sleep, it acts as stress on the body, caus­ing the pro­duc­tion of cor­ti­sol, which can have nu­mer­ous ef­fects on the skin,” says Dr. Mike Bell, skin­care sci­en­tific ad­viser for No7.

You’ll wake up to inf lam­ma­tion, in­creased sen­si­tiv­ity, re­duced im­mu­nity and con­stricted blood ves­sels, which can ap­pear as a pale com­plex­ion or en­hanced dark cir­cles.

But there are plenty of tricks to fake a rested look. Use a gen­tle cleanser and top up on mois­tur­izer with hyaluronic acid be­fore hit­ting the sheets, says Dr. Bell. To elim­i­nate red­ness, try the calm­ing ben­e­fits of licorice and pan­thenol. Cozy up to an­tiox­i­dants, too, which are de­pleted when skin is stressed.

The power of touch can trans­form a fa­tigued face, too. “I start by hy­drat­ing with a mist and giv­ing a good mas­sage be­fore mois­tur­izer,” says Grace Lee, lead makeup artist for May­belline New York Canada. “These can help the face look plumper and even toned.”

Lee then fo­cuses the on eyes. “I love us­ing colour­cor­rect­ing pens to fix any red­ness, dark­ness and sal­low­ness,” she says. “Use con­cealer on top spar­ingly and fin­ish with curl­ing lashes to make eyes look big­ger.”

Her fi­nal tip? “I like bright lips! They’re a great dis­trac­tion,” she says.

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