How to Fake 8 Hours of Sleep: The ‘Sleep-in-a-Stick’ Radiant Concealer & Brightening Duo from ICONIC London

From new parents to party animals, we all know how it feels and what it looks like to be well and truly sleep-deprived. No matter how well-established and soothing our evening routines, our quality of sleep can often fall out of our control. Noisy neighbours, a stuffy summer’s night, overactive thoughts- there’s a multitude of obstacles that stand in the way of a well-rested radiance. What we often find instead is a complexion compiled of dark shadows, tired eyes, and a generally dull hue.

However, in today’s modern world, we luckily no longer require eight hours of sleep to look like we’re ready to attack the day. Instead, we have makeup. More specifically, Iconic London has all the essentials to restore that eight-hour glow you usually tend to emanate. Look no further, here’s how to fake an eight-hour sleep in a short and simple morning routine.

To begin, start with a few spritzes of Iconic London’s Prep-Set-Glow. This refreshing mist is not only a pampering way to start your morning regime, but also works to prep, hydrate, and illuminate the skin with light-reflecting properties.

It is rich in antioxidants, green tea and vitamin E to condition your skin, as well as caffeine to help combat the dark circles around your eyes. This is the first step towards rejuvenating and reviving your complexion with a healthy radiance.

Once the mist is set into the skin, use the Super Smoother Blurring Skin Tint to set a barely-there, fresh-faced base. Its lightweight, ultra-hydrating formula means that this tint blends seamlessly and easily into the skin whilst also blurring any imperfections or dark spots.

Next, it’s time to tackle that pool of darkness that has accumulated under the eyes. For this, concealer is a must. However, not any old concealer will do. It’s important that the product is balmy, but not cakey. Pigmented, but not heavy. Using a concealer that is too thick or dry on the skin will draw attention to any fine lines under the eyes and will ultimately spoil any hopes of appearing bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. What’s more, the rule of thumb is to choose a shade that is one to two shades lighter than your skin tone to ensure the areas around the eyes are highlighted.

Indeed, it all sounds very complicated, but luckily Iconic London’s Radiant Concealer and Brightening Duo has simplified matters by creating one product that truly does it all. Let’s start with the right side of the stick- the brightening crayon.

This crayon has subtle, luminous pearls that neutralise discolouration and brighten the under-eyes, so you can choose to match it to your usual skin-tint shade. Similarly to the Prep-Set-Go spray, it also contains caffeine to fight puffiness and darkness. Simply sweep the crayon directly to the under-eye area, patting it into place with your ring finger.

Now that the skin is illuminated, it’s time to conceal those tired-looking shadows. This can be done with the help of the fluid concealer on the left side of the stick. It’s buildable, blendable, and gives fantastic coverage with a lightweight feel. The creamy, elastic texture ensures that your under-eyes won’t accumulate those dreaded, cakey creases throughout the day.

Simply dab 3-4 dots of the product onto the under-eye and tap it into the skin. You can use your ring finger again here or for an extra bit of help, try the flat end of the Concealer Duo Brush to gently buff and blend into place.

This product is available in 18 shades that match perfectly with the Super Smoother Blurring Skin Tint, making your life all the easier.

For a finishing touch, dab the highlighting crayon on the inner corners of the eyes and just under the arches of the brows for a final lift.

And just like that, in ten minutes or less, any signs of a bad night’s sleep are a distant memory.

Here at YCB, we understand the importance of being well-rested and trying our best to get those eight hours in. However, sometimes life simply gets in the way. And when it does, we always have Iconic London to rely on, (and coffee, of course).

Josie Wilkins

Josie is a Journalism graduate from Galway, Ireland. In her free time, she writes for her blog, Naturally Fuelled (@josiewilkins on instagram). When she isn't writing, she enjoys playing the one song she knows on the piano, 'I Giorni', saving the postman from her aggressive Shorkie, and defending brussels sprouts as an all-year-round snack!