If you pulled one too many all-nighters, not only are you most certainly exhausted, chances are, you’ll have dark eye circles to show for it. While you can blame it on genetics, sometimes, those bags and rings under your eyes are brought on by your lifestyle choices and habits, such as the aforementioned lack of sleep and dehydration. Whether they materialised from a night (or nights) of overindulgence, allergies or insomnia, getting rid of them requires the same correct and conceal strategy. Here are 4 tips that will make you look like you slept like a baby the night before even if you’re running on empty.
- Use a brightening eye cream and massage your eye area
While you can use concealers to disguise darkness under the eyes, it’s important to get to the root of the problem with an eye cream that has a brightening effect. The skin around your peepers is ten times thinner than the other parts of your face, which explains why it is so important to use a cream that is made specifically for the delicate eye area. However, if you are using an eye cream under your makeup, go with an eye cream with a fast-absorbing gel formula that will prevent your concealer from slipping and sliding.
In addition to applying eye cream, you can also gently massage the eye area to enhance circulation and de-puff the eyes.Start by sliding your ring finger below your eye, from the outer corner to the inner corner, move it upwards towards your brow bone, then slide it across the top of your eye to the side.
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- Colour correct
Under-eye circles tend to be blue, grey or purple in colour. To conceal them, you need to prime your under-eye area with a concealer or eyeshadow that is of a peach or orange colour. If you have a fair complexion, opt for a concealer or eyeshadow in a light to medium peach colour. If you have a deeper complexion, opt for a darker peach or orange colour instead. With your ring finger, apply the colour-correcting concealer and form an upside down triangle under the eyes.
When it comes to concealing dark under-eye rings and uneven skin tone at the eye corners, less is more, start with a thin layer of concealer and add more if necessary. If you use too much concealer, it could accentuate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, your finger tends to swipe off the concealer even as you dab it on your skin so instead of using your hands, apply concealer with a brush to prevent using more product than you actually need.
Since the eye area is delicate, avoid concealers that are too pigmented like stick concealers and go with liquid or cream concealers instead because you will have to work harder to blend the product which might in turn irritate the skin tissue and deepen fine lines.
- Set with a matte eyeshadow and eyeshadow primer
If you have dry skin, consider setting your concealer with a matte eyeshadow one or two shades lighter than your actual skin tone to prevent it from creasing throughout the day. With a small fluffy brush, apply a thin layer of eye shadow to set the concealer. If you prefer face powder, grab a wedge-shaped makeup sponge and dust a thin layer of powder under your eyes. To ensure that your concealer doesn't budge, dab some eyeshadow primer around your eye area.