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Make-Up To Hide The Signs Of Autoimmune Fatigue

It’s bad enough to feel so tired it’s like you’re walking through thick mud, but for it to show on your face when you need to look your best is even worse.  Luckily, you have a variety of makeup tricks at your disposal to cover fatigue symptoms.

Fatigue is a highly common symptom of autoimmune disease.  Research shows that when people with autoimmune diseases were studied, almost all said they suffered from fatigue.  Nine out of 10 people surveyed stated it is a major issue for them, while six in 10 admitted it is probably the most debilitating of all symptoms associated with autoimmune disease.

It’s not always easy to hide how tired you really feel from the world.  A study that analyzed faces of people who were sleep deprived found that the eyes, skin and lips are facial features most commonly affected by fatigue.  Being a woman means that you can use makeup to your advantage to keep these symptoms covered up and out of the picture.

Brighten Your Eyes Quickly

Think of when you have a late night or don’t get any sleep at all — it usually shows up really quickly in your eyes because they become red.  This happens because our eyes recuperate when we sleep, preventing our tear ducts from evaporating.  When we don’t sleep, our eyes don’t get to recover and this can lead to eyes that lose their moisture.  Choose a blue mascara if your eyes are showing signs of redness.  The color helps to brighten up the whites of your eyes.

Another eye symptom of extreme tiredness is puffiness because fatigue can cause fluid retention in various places in the body, with one of them being the eye area.  To send these bags packing, draw attention away from them.  This can be done by focusing on your eyelids.  Use eye liner and coats of mascara to widen the upper area of your eye.  You can also use concealer on the bags, but apply it where the puffiness forms shadows.  Concealer here serves to illuminate the skin so that your puffy eyes won’t be obvious.

Finally, under-eye dark circles are common with fatigue, so you want to nip them in the bud.  Use a creamy concealer in the area where your skin looks darker, then gently blend it with your surrounding foundation.

Refresh Your Skin

Skin issues on the rest of your face that can result from fatigue include a pale complexion or more pronounced lines and wrinkles.  If you look pale, you want to bring warmth to your complexion as this will immediately uplift your appearance.  You can do this by choosing foundation with a sun-kissed hue.  You also want to tone down the colors you use on your eyes.  Black can be too harsh if you’re looking pale, so opt for richer, warmer brown eyeshadows and eyeliner instead.  Keep your lips soft but bright, such as with a rosy or apricot shade.  Then slick lip gloss over it — shine is always a great way to look refreshed!

When you’re tired, your skin’s fine lines can look more prominent, as the earlier-mentioned study also revealed.  Don’t make your eyeliner too harsh as this can highlight crow’s feet.  Smudge it a little to give it a softer look.  Before you apply foundation, use a primer because this helps to keep your foundation in place for longer, plus it sinks into creases and lines to seal them up before your foundation goes on top.  Avoid powder as this creeps into your lines and accentuates them.  You should also choose light moisturizers and foundations that are packed with soothing ingredients, such as glycerine, that won’t dry you out and make your wrinkles noticeable.

Beat the Breakouts

Did you know acne is tied to fatigue if you’re not getting enough sleep?  Insomnia is common in autoimmune diseases, which can lead to breakouts.  This is because if you don’t sleep enough, your body feels stressed so it boosts its cortisol hormone.  This hormone is responsible for pimples, so get rid of them by following healthy sleeping habits (such as getting into a relaxing bedtime routine every night) and using quality acne creams.

When your face is showing signs of fatigue, turn to products in your makeup bag to cover them up nicely.  The bonus is that looking fresh and beautiful will also make you feel better.


About the Author
Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing.  In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.

This blog post was originally published by, written by Gwen Lewis, and first published on Apr 9, 2015.

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