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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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