Raise your hand if you’ve ever woken up, looked in the mirror, and said to yourself, “Damn, who’s that zombie looking back at me?”
No worries friend, you’re not alone.
In today’s post I decided to put together a step by step guide on how to conceal and coverup those pesky eye bags to give you a much more refreshed, youthful, and radiant look.
First thing’s first, EYE CREAM.
- After waking up, washing your face, and moisturizing, the next step in your skincare routine should always be applying an eye cream. Doing this will lessen the look of red and puffy eyes, help battle fine lines, and give a much more plump and awake look to your under eyes. As of late, my favorite eye cream has been the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. Filled with caffeine and green tea, this gives an instant pick me up to tired eyes.
- After applying your eye cream (and foundation), next up is color correcting. To clear up any confusion on this topic, color correcting is the act of using specially colored concealers to counteract discoloration on your face. A good way to know what correctors need to be used for what discoloration, is to look at a color wheel. Simple, huh? Basically, you want to find the color you are trying to cover up, and find its complementary color. For example, to decrease redness or cover up a pimple, you would want to apply a green concealer underneath your normal concealer and this will drastically reduce the redness. In the case of under eyes, which are generally blue in tone, you want to use a salmon tone concealer (depending on your skin tone you can go darker or lighter). By applying a salmon/pink tone straight on top of your blue bags, the colors will meld together and help cancel out the discoloration instantly. My favorite under eye corrector of ALL TIME is the NYX Dark Circle Concealer (this comes in 4 shades- fair, light, medium, deep).
- Step #3 is what people usually skip to right away. And that is CONCEALER. Concealer is made up of a denser, more pigmented composition than most makeup products. Therefore it gives higher coverage and lasting power compared to foundation. I know this is seen all over the Internet, but the all time best way to conceal dark circles is by putting it in an upside down triangle shape under the eyes. To do so you want to bring the tip of the triangle down to about the tip of your nose. Doing this will instantly brighten the face and provide that fake sleep you’re looking for.
- Immediately after blending in your concealer, you want to move onto the next step- powder. Applying powder directly after blending out your cream concealer prevents any creasing or emphasis of fine lines. This step can be done in several ways. The quickest way to do this is by simply setting your under eyes with some powder and a brush. HOWEVER, if you’re a makeup enthusiast who wants to keep up with the trends, there is the baking technique. This involves taking a wedge sponge covered in loose powder and packing it on the concealed areas of your face. You then want to let the powder sit for several minutes before brushing it away to reveal a flawless, airbrushed look.
- Last step in fixing tired eyes? Emphasize them! Now that you’re color corrected, concealed, and powdered, play up your eyes to give you a vibrant and awake look! To do this, I suggest- filling in your brows, applying a nude/white (or colorful!) liner to your waterline, and layering on the mascara. Brows frame your face and, in my opinion, should never be skipped. By applying a nude or white liner to your waterline the whites of your eyes get extended, and any extra redness or sleepiness gets taken away and leaves you looking nice and bright eyed. And by applying just a bit of mascara, your eyes get opened up and you generally look more awake and put together!
Well, that’s it for my tips on concealing dark circles! Being a student, I have many late nights and early mornings, and this 5 step process never fails me!
I hope you’re all doing wonderfully and remembering to catch up on your Z’s!