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Published on March 27th, 2019 | by beauty international

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How to Conceal Dark Under-Eye Circle

Are you tired of just looking so tired? You know the signs to look for: puffy eyes, dark eye bags, a dull complexion, and a half-glazed look. Sometimes it seems as though we’re forever cursed with puffy eyes and dark circles—even after a great night’s sleep. We’ve all been there, no one wants to carry around all that added baggage. Even if you just have the occasional dark under-eye circles or they’re an everyday occurrence, it’s important to learn how to disguise them.

 

Although there are countless products on the market which claim to help de-puff and lighten the area under the eyes, they don’t always work. So, using you’re own favourite brands of foundation and concealer, here’s a routine to follow for targeting your under-eye circles;

Step 1

Apply your foundation as normal, putting slightly more on your under eye. Choose a foundation that offers great coverage and illumination-this will help cover up the darkest areas of your under eye. The trick is to wait until the foundation dries and thickens a bit (it will eventually reach the consistency of concealer) before trying to blend it. If you blend it too soon, the foundation will be sheer and rub off, leaving you with very little coverage.

Step 2

Next, take your under-eye concealer – it should be at least one or two shades lighter than your skin tone – and apply it in a triangle shape as shown in the picture. Draw the base of the triangle underneath your eye and bring the point of it down to the top of your cheek. This shape not only conceals dark circles, but it also instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted. Think of it as holding a flashlight against your cheek, shining the light right underneath your eye, and drawing the focus upward. Blend with a brush or beauty blender, or if you don’t have either, simply pat it in with your ring finger.

Step 3

Use a brush or beauty blender to dust a little translucent powder over the applied concealer to help it last all day. Gently pat the brush over the under-eye area, starting at the inner corner. This will brighten up your under eye further. The orange or peach tones will cancel out the blue shadows that your under-eye circles give off. Top the orange or peach formula with a cover-up that matches your skin.

Step 4

Finish by dotting highlighter along the top of your cheekbones, gently blending with your finger. This will help reflect the light and emphasise your bone structure, brightening up the whole eye area.

There are also natural ways to reduce your dark under eyes, for example;

Drinking more water and applying a cold compress can help shrink eye bags quickly, but the only way to reduce their appearance in the long term is to make a few lifestyle changes. This is especially true if your eye bags and dark circles are genetically inherited.

Improving your nightly routine may also help you avoid bags under your eyes. In particular, it’s important to wash your face before bed each night.

There are several reasons why you shouldn’t sleep in makeup. First, if you sleep with mascara or other eye makeup on your eyes, you may:

  • irritate them

  • experience an allergic reaction

  • develop an infection that creates redness, puffiness, or other symptoms

  • If you can, get at least eight hours of sleep

Beyond how you sleep, how much you sleep is also a factor. Although limited sleep may not actually cause under-eye circles, getting little sleep may make your complexion paler. Any shadows or dark circles you have may be more obvious as a result.

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