Real talk time, ladies. This morning I woke up with the WORST case of puffy, dark under eye circles. I didn’t stay up late, I wasn’t been drinking the wobbly pops, and I hadn’t gorged on naughty foods, so what gives?
It seems that regardless of how hard you try, sometimes those pesky dark under eye circles can’t be avoided. So what is a girl to do? Follow along and find out.
Step 1: Concede to the Concealer
I’m not a lover of concealer. I live in a tropical climate, which isn’t exactly conducive for full-face coverage. On the off days (like this morning) I will concede and use some for my peepers. Since I only use it for my under eyes I’ve found that using a concealer with a warmer shade than my natural skin tone works best.
How do you tell which shade is right? Before you buy, swipe a few options underneath your eye. The right one will disappear into your skin.
PRO Tip: concealers found in pots rather than sticks or wands are more likely to give better coverage.
Step 2: Blend
Now that you’ve found the perfect concealer shade, it’s time to grab a makeup brush and get to work. Dip it into your concealer and using small dots, blend your dark areas. I like using a brush because it makes over-application less likely.
Step 3: Shade
The last step in this how to hide dark under eye circles tutorial is to trade your concealer brush for a smaller eye shadow brush. Use your small brush to sweep translucent powder under your eyes. This will create a brighter look and help set the concealer.
Boom – You’re done!
A Simple Preventive Measure
It’s pretty clear that my lifestyle choices weren’t to blame for this mornings under eye terrorism, but those aren’t the only factors that contribute to dark under eye circles.
Things like allergies, PMS and even genetics can all cause under eye circles. While I haven’t figured out a cure to PMS or genetics, there is something you can do about the affects of allergies.
Keeping your nasal passages clear can significantly reduce dark circles and one of the easiest ways to clear up the allergy sniffles is with a homemade saline solution. Here’s a quick DIY one for ya:
Mix ¼ teaspoon of sea salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 2 cups of water. Tilt your head back and use a squeeze bottle to pour the solution through one nostril. The solution should come right out the other nostril.
I always feel like I’m drowning slightly, but beauty is pain sometimes. And trusssst – it works!
And hey – if you truly hate the idea of nose spray (I won’t judge!) then I suggest trying LifeCell. It’s an anti-aging cream, but it works wonders on your eyes and you can literally see eye brightening effects in 17 seconds. No joke.
So ladies, if you’re suffering from a severe case of dark under eye circles and the usual remedies aren’t cutting it, be sure to try my concealer trick. Sometimes you can try your best, but your body just revolts against you. C’est la vie.
Do you get pesky under eye circles and puffiness frequently? Let us know how you normally deal with it by sharing your experience in the comment section below!