This Concealer Is An Anti-Fatigue Ninja

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I know everyone and their mother claims it's possible to become a morning person, but truth be told, I just don't think that's a thing. For as long as I can remember (yes, even before I started messing with coffee and other forms of caffeination), I've had issues with insomnia. As a result, I hate mornings more than I hate almost anything else.

Unfortunately, since I sadly can't dictate that I get to sleep for my desired hours of 12 a.m. to 9 a.m. every night, a plan B is in order. And, my plan B has come to revolve around a two-step process I like to call "Wake The #$&! Up, Tara." First, I apply a de-puffing eye elixir to get rid of my ever-present under-eye bags. (FYI, this guy mimics the feeling of putting fresh cucumber slices on your lids, but without making you feel like you're making a salad on your face.) Next, I follow up with concealer on the inner corners of my eyes, underneath my lower lash lines, and at the outer corners. But, this is key: You must, must, must use an illuminating concealer to hide under-eye bags. A flat, matte concealer doesn't reflect light; it simply absorbs it and makes one's face look badly airbrushed. That's where this little tube of magic from Clarins comes into play: Its moisturizing and brightening properties know no bounds. A few tiny dabs ensure that I can emerge into the world every day not looking like a deranged mole.

Has this concealer made me like mornings more? No, not at all. But, I am a big believer in the adage of "fake it 'til you make it," which could essentially be this concealer's middle name. And, if you're a fellow hater of mornings, I think you should treat yo'self to a tube and fake it right along with me. Sound like a plan?

Clarins Instant Concealer, $30, available at Nordstrom.



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