Midterms were definitely brutal this year. I think most of us can agree that we are all a little exhausted from the increased workload. The stress of the semester is really starting to take a toll on my skin. One area in particular that I am concerned about is the dark circles and puffiness around my eyes. I have a few tricks to share with you today that will help to reduce the appearance of tired eyes, that way you’ll look awake and ready for the day (even though you may not be…).
As always, prime
In any case, priming is always my first step after cleansing. There are eye shadow primers, face primers, and yes, under-eye primers. The intention of priming in general is to create a smooth canvas for makeup, and the formula usually includes additional benefits such as hydration and toning. A good under-eye primer should aid to reduce puffiness and dark circles. I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, and it works like a charm. It definitely hydrates my skin and makes me under-eye area appear significantly more smooth. A little goes a long way with this product and under-eye creams in general, making the product long-lasting.
Another product that I use to prime isn’t actually labeled as a primer, but it definitely does the trick. The Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm is seriously my new favorite product. It has a cooling factor to it, which seriously feels amazing. I definitely notice an immediate reduction in puffiness, and overall tired eyes… seriously a miracle worker. It’s worth trying a wide range of eye balms to find the one that works best for you, though. After all, everyone’s eyes are different.
Now I do not typically color correct, but I read an article for Allure that got me thinking about the benefits of color correcting to hide dark circles. The article talked about a Ben Nye Orange Concealer Stick that does an amazing job of hiding dark circles on people with warmer skin tones. If you have a more fair complexion, you should probably refrain from oranges to color correct, and stick to peachy-pinks. Using a dab of color corrector and blending it with a Beauty Blender would treat those with super dark circles.
A great concealer is definitely vital for erasing under-eye dark circles. My all-time favorite high coverage concealer is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. The formula is definitely medium-high coverage, but very lightweight. The dewey finish makes your eyes appear more radiant and awake. I would suggest applying small lines of concealer in a triangle shape under your eyes, and dabbing it with a Beauty Blender until it is well blended.
A quality setting powder can be key for finishing off your new, wide awake look. I usually “bake” on my setting powder to create a brighter under-eye. For those who do not know, baking is when you apply a heavy amount of powder under your eye, usually with a Beauty Blender, and swipe away the powder with a fluffy brush after letting it set for a few seconds. Between the Laura Mercier Setting Powder, and the NARS, I would say the Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder takes the cake when it comes to brightening. Now I know that I have mentioned this product in previous posts, but it seriously is amazing. I don’t even go as far as to bake the NARS powder on, I instead just use a small fluffy brush to set the powder with just a few swipes.
If you combine all these steps, I guarantee that you will notice a difference in your dark circles. All signs of puffiness, dark circles, and tired eyes will definitely be reduced. Experiment with all of these steps, or just a few to see what works best for you!
One other consideration is the use of an under eye filler to help reverse the tired, baggy appearance around the eyes.
Until next time,
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