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"It's like a glow stick to the face": 20 women on the one product that makes them look more awake.

You know those mornings where you wake up and look like you've literally been dragged through a bush backwards? Yes? Gah. No fun. 

But! Luckily there's a whole heap of nifty beauty products on the market that can help you fool people into thinking you actually sleep eight hours a night (suckers!). Cause sometimes that Netflix series is just TOO good, amirite?

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And because we LOVE stealing other people's beauty tricks (sue us!) (please don't), and hate wasting money on stuff that doesn't work, we asked a bunch of women to tell us their secrets! Y'know, all the best products that'll help you look awake in seconds.

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Ready? Here's what they said:

Ciaté London Dewy Blush, $33

"Cream blush! I'm loving the Dewy Blush from Ciaté in shade Papaya. It makes me look youthful and dewy, even when I'm exhausted." - Lucy.

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MECCA Max Zoom Line in Nude, $17.

"A flesh coloured liner on the inner rim. It takes away any redness and fakes the eye area looking more well-rested than it is." - Leigh.

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Alpha-H Liquid Gold Eye Cream, $109.95.

"I have always thought eye creams were a myth, I have never found one that works... HOWEVER! The Alpha-H Liquid Gold Eye Cream literally zaps my dark circles away. An excellent hack for all the Google Hangout meetings." - Maddie.

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OPTREX Eyedew Blue Eye Drops, $9.95.

"They're not avail in Australia, but my mum bulk sends me packets every few months from the UK. They get rid of redness/bloodshot eyes like magic!" - Polly.

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KVD Beauty Everlasting Blush in Foxglove, $37.

"Blush, always! It makes me look alive and put together, even when running on no fuel. My favourite for the past few months has been the KVD Beauty Everlasting Blush in Foxglove." - Charlie.

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Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo in Rose, $45.

"This is my 'can't live without' product. Blush on cheeks, the tiniest bit on my nose and even a touch on eyes. And then highlighter on all the usual spots and inner corner of eye always brightens things up." - Genevieve.

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Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Glow Brow Highlighter, $38.

"I love Benefit's High Brow Glow. I find that it instantly makes my eyes look wider and more awake." - Rikki.

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MECCA Max Liquid Light in Quartz, $26.

"Mixing highlighter drops into foundation always makes me feel like my skin looks fresher and brighter - this product specifically!" - Andi.

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SWISSE Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum, $14.99.

"This is like a glow stick to the face for me." - Katie.

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Australian Jojoba, $19.95.

"I wear Jojoba oil when I’m hanging around the house, so anytime I walk past a mirror I don’t horrify myself at how dead I look. Otherwise, it has to be moisturiser. If my skin FEELS hydrated, then I can go about my day!" - Despina.

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Trinny London BFF Skin Perfector, $65.

"Trinny London BFF is my go-to. I used it after skincare and SPF pretty much exclusively on maternity leave." - Jessica.

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M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Highlighter, $46.

"My go-to is M.A.C. Cosmetics Prep and Prime Highlighter applied under my eyes." - Lauren.

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Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder by Hourglass Luminous Light, $36.

"This on my brow bone. MY OH MY." - Emily.

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Sephora Retract Waterproof Eyeliner, $18.

"Cream coloured liner on the water line gets rid of the redness and tiredness. I use the Sephora Collection waterproof one. It’s only $18!" - Shenai.

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Maybelline Sky High Mascara, $12.47.

"My favourite combo is an eyelash curler and Maybelline Sky High Mascara." - Caity.

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Clinique All About Eyes, $58.

"Clinique All About Eyes is my favourite. Every morning it wakes up my eyes!" - Celeste.

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Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector, $49.

"The Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector instantly brightens your face. I'm enjoying it while I can!" - Sarah.

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Aceology Blue Ice Globe Facial Massager, $64.

"If my eyes are puffy, I use my Aceology Blue Ice Globe Facial Massager. Keep them in the fridge, roll 'em on and no more puffiness! (But you can also use a block of ice wrapped in a tissue or light face flannel, press it on - does the same thing!)." - Jodie.

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James Cosmetics Eye Masks, $35.

"James Cosmetics Eye Masks… these work a treat every time!" - Kelli.

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Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil, $52.

"I use KORA Eye Noni Oil with the built in rose quartz roller!" - Michael.

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What's your go-to product for brighter eyes? Share with us in the comment section below.

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