Hello beauties, when it comes to things I’m insecure about, dark circles are high on my list. I have hereditary dark circles and deep set eye bags which means I can never really get rid of them for good. So being a makeup lover I learnt how to cover them well. Today I will be sharing my tips and tricks as well as some products I love and personally use to keep my under eye area bright and in tip top condition.
Get enough sleep
I know I said above that my problem is hereditary but they’re times when I don’t follow these tips that my undereyes look ten times worse. The first and most important step when it comes to your dark eyes and even the rest of your health is to get a decent amount of shut eye. Loss of sleep results in lack lustre skin and makes your eyes look puffy and sallow. Treat yourself to a early night and get at least eight hours!.
Drink plenty of water
Another thing you should be doing anyway for your overall health but especially for the under eyes. Drinking plenty of water flushes toxins from your body and will keep your skin hydrated from the inside. It also clears up your skin and helps give you a natural glow so there’s no better reason to drink your eight glasses a day! Just have a bathroom ready as you will be peeing constantly.
Limit your salt intake
I stopped adding salt to my food as I started to notice that my eyes were looking so dark and my skin was looking extremely dull.This is because sodium, which salt contains, causes water retention in the body, including the area around your eyes.
Eye gel is your best friend
A eye cream will go a long way when it comes to the undereye, you want to keep that area hydrated. This will not only benefit your skin but will help when you apply your concealers and foundation with any dryness or creasing. My favourite eye cream is the Clinique All About Eyes which I haven’t pictured as I’ve just ran out but it’s amazing as it is super moisturising and has a tightening effect that makes my eyes look and feel more awake. A cheaper alternative I’ve been trying out is the Nutrient Wise Soothing Eye Gel that Nutrient Wise kindly sent me to test and the Revuele Hydralift Hyaluron Eye Contour Gel Filler (I will be doing a separate post on this) which are super thick and work well for hydration and have a lovely cooling effect on the eyes.
Cold compress in the morning
This is more of a puffy eye step then for dark circles but it will still help improve the overall look of the eye area. I like to use Eye pads that I put in the fridge to press against my eyes once I’ve woken up. The cold reduces blood vessel expansion and puffiness. Position a cold compress over your eyes to reduce the inflammation of the blood vessels and to give you a overall awake feeling.
Colour correcting concealer
Now onto ways you can cover already existing dark circles up. I’ve only recently started colour correcting properly in the last few months. The idea behind it is to counteract the blue, purple or red pigment from the blood vessels as the skin is thinnest under your eyes so makes them more visible. A peach concealer will combat blue or purple for light to medium skin tones, a orange concealer will help those with tan to dark skin tones and a red concealer is best for those with deep skin tones. If you have some red in the area then a green concealer will help cancel any redness. As I am light skinned and only have blue to contend with I only have to use a peach concealer, I’ve been loving the Pixi Correction Concentrate as it covers everything I need ready for my normal concealer, has such a brightening effect and has a moisturising formula. For darker skin tones I recommend the L.A Girl Pro Conceal in the shade ‘peach corrector’ as this has amazing coverage, is a darker orange shade and is super easy to blend out .
Choose the right concealer
Obviously you will have to cover up the colour correction process and I think it goes without saying that a high coverage concealer is the way to go. It is also very important to choose the right shade of concealer as shades that are too light will actually make the eyes appear grey and ashy and make the under eyes look worse. When choosing a concealer shade the rule of thumb is to go one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. I also find a pink toned concealer makes my under eyes look a lot brighter then a yellow toned one due to the colour counteraction mentioned above. My current favourite to use is the Too Faced Born This Way concealer as it has great coverage, a dewy formula and gives a very fresh looking under eye.
Set with a brightening powder
The majority of people set their undereye makeup with a powder and I’m one of those people. Why not swap your usual powder to one that has brightening effects? I’m loving the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder as it’s finely milled, isn’t drying and most importantly brightens!.
I hope these tips were helpful to you or someone you know. If you have any other tips that weren’t mentioned here then please put them in the comments for others to see!
Thanks for reading