Banishing Undereye Circles

Hi Guys and Dolls!

I have a lot of frequently asked beauty questions, both at work and though all the ways people can get a hold of me as a beauty goober-blogger-youtuber thinger. Basically, there’s a lot of need-to-know subjects and a lot of women (and some men) who want to know. So I’m going to start doing these frequently asked or “in-demand” type videos and blog posts as a go-to guide for these burning questions. For some this will only be review, but it never hurts to have a refresher!

“How do I get rid of dark circles under my eyes!? “

I probably get asked this a grillion times a day by clients at work. 1st, get at least 8 hours of sleep. I know I know, I never do either. But try. “Beauty Sleep” got it’s name from somewhere, and other than for vanity’s sake, you body needs time to recharge!

Another thing that sounds stupid, but a lot of people have this problem: COMPLETELY remove all of your makeup especially your eye makeup. If you’re using any type of long wear makeup (including primer) and you’re not using a eye makeup remover it’s probably not all coming off. Not only is that incredibly gross and unhealthy (hello eye infection!) but the residue is left on your eye area creating the appearance of dark shadows. Ick! So please use a eye makeup remover of some kind. I use the cheap Neutrogena dupe stuff from CVS and sometimes “take the day off” from Clinique. Any dual-phase (the oily looking kind you have to shake) should work fine, then wash with your regular cleanser.

AH, now doesn’t that feel better?

Still have dark circles? Try a brightening eye cream. I really like the Evening Primrose one from Korres. It visually brightens without shimmer, it has a small amount of SPF(6), and you get a WHOLE OUNCE for $38…it’s flippin’ sweet! The texture is nice and it also helps me with puffiness. Eye cream alone will probably not solve the problem, but a great eye-cream and SPF are super important, and it will aid the next step, so, just do it ok?

Still have darkness about your eyes? Many of us do, and you’ll have to come to terms with the fact that some under-eye discoloration is just hereditary. It sucks, but hey, maybe you have cute toes or something.

OK,  they’re here to stay, so what can we do about it?  Find an amazing concealer to be best friends with!! Now getting down to the nitty gritty: Are your dark circles the blue-purple variety, or the darker-skin-around-the-eyes sort? Different “imperfections” need different correction. The blue-purple variety are typically caused by very thin skin and very visible veins, and are neutralized with pink & peach/apricot toned concealers that are close to your overall skin-tone.  Truly dark circles, (skin that is darker than your overall skin-tone) etc are a little trickier. If they are a lot darker than the rest of your facial skin, you’d also do well with a  peach or pink toned concealer in a shade lighter than your skin-tone, BUT if they are gray or “ashen” in appearance, then you need to use a peach or yellow tone. This sort of discoloration also benefits from a concealer that brightens like Givenchy’s Mister Light.  This requires some testing for any type of under eye concealing, since these things aren’t always black and white, and many times a few different things are at work. I myself have a combination of blue veins showing though, and a bit of yellowish-darker skin closer to the outer edge of my eye. I use a peach or pink toned concealer to correct all of this. When I just use a highly pigmented concealer under my eye it gives me that weird too-light under eye look :)

Good to know/things to look for & avoid: If your under-eye is very blue, yellow toned concealer can give a greenish look, or make the darkness worse! If your under eye is gray or ashen, and darker than your overall skin-tone, a brightening eye concealer in a peach or yellow tone one shade lighter than your overall skintone will work wonders. Avoid using a concealer that is look too light. We’ve all seen women who do this, and I  think we can agree it’s not a good look.

What if you have the opposite problem, and your under eye is much lighter than the rest of your facial skin? That’s when you want to use a concealer that matches your overall skintone :)

Now let’s talk texture. So many women want one concealer that can do it all: cover blemishes, hyper-pigmentation, and undereye circles. Some do a good job of multi-tasking, but I aspire for Greatness, so I prefer different concealers for different issues. For my undereye I prefer a nice thin liquid concealer with a peach undertone like the Lift Concealer from Make Up For Ever. Other great options include but are not limited to: Makeup forever Full Coverage, Cover FX Camoflage Concealer, Clinique All About Eyes, MAC Select Coverup (the NW shades for the under eye) and Givenchy Mister Light. You’ll notice two things: All of these are liquid, and all of these are higher-end products. I’ll be honest, with the exception of the Hard Candy Concealer palette, I avoid drugstore concealers. I’ve had some bad experiences with them, and usually the shade options from brands I’d buy from (I won’t buy if I know they animal test) are unimpressive, and the ones that seem interesting are almost as expensive as the high-end ones. Also, the ones I suggest come with a lot of product, so you’ll have them a very long time, so it’s worth the investment. I’m going to shop around and if I find a good drug store under eye concealer, I’ll let you know.  The Clinique and MAC products are in the 15 dollar range, so they’re pretty close to drugstore prices.

SO why do I favor liquid/in a tube concealers over cream/cake/powder ones? Texture, Hygiene, & Convenience. Thicker concealers like Laura Mercier Secret Cover, Makeup Forever camouflage palettes, MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF35, and the Hard Candy Concealer palette are too thick and creamy for the under eye,  and  never fully “set” so they can cause creasing. However, this type of concealer can work wonders on uneven skin tone and blemishes. The concealers I favor are typically thin in texture but high in pigmentation.

Be careful when using a super pigmented full coverage concealer unless your circles really are that bad, or you’re doing full cover foundation as well. If you love the color of a highly pigmented concealer like say, the Cover FX or MUFE Full Coverage concealers, but don’t need the in-your-face coverage, try mixing in some eye cream. I prefer tubes or a click pen brush applicator for hygienic reasons, and for it’s on -the-go portability. I don’t know about anyone else, but I have oily skin, so my concealer fades, even with primer, so a lunch time touchup for me is usually a must. I like a concealer I don’t HAVE to worry about being clean with!  That said, for application I prefer a brush to apply and my finger to blend it. For more on application and other best-practices, I now will turn you over to my video on the subject!

I hope this blogpost and tutorial will help those of you who had questions about those pesky under eye circles!

<3 Cora

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