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The eyes are the focal point of the face…which makes it so much more noticeable when they’re feeling a little tired. If you asked most women what they would change about their faces, they would probably say that they would eliminate their dark circles forever – I know I would! There are ways, both with and without makeup – to tackle this common eye issue. Read on for our tips to banish dark circles.
Make some lifestyle changes
Everyone has dark circles. Before you go crazy covering them up with expensive concealer, try to get rid of them by reviewing your lifestyle – that means, first and foremost, getting your recommended amount of sleep each night. As well, certain allergens or sinus problems can cause your circles to appear darker; if you have trouble with allergies, either remove the problem or treat it as best as you can. A balanced diet can go a long way – cut the salt, get the right vitamins (especially K and B12), and drink plenty of water. Finally, find a way to relax and de-stress so that you can improve all of the above.
Try a natural solution
Cold does wonders for dark, puffy skin. Some people swear by applying cold, caffeinated tea bags to the eyes every morning to wake them up, and reduce swelling and discoloration. Ice cubes or a frozen spoon work as well. With any cold compress, leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Cucumbers are also a great natural solution to energize tired eyes, as well as a potato puree.
Creams and makeup
Most dark circles are caused by things that simply can’t be changed, like genetics or having very thin skin under the eyes. These can be reduced and tightened with cream, but the rest has to be left to concealer. When you’re shopping for a good under-eye cream, look for one with both vitamin K and retinol. And stick with this regimen – products with these two ingredients are proven to improve dark circles and puffiness over time.
Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone, and keep it in place with a setting powder. When you’re applying concealer, be as gentle as possible. It’s a sensitive area, and any further damage can just make things worse. Remember that less is more! Too much under-eye concealer will just look cakey, and draw unwanted attention. Only use this product as needed.
How do you get rid of the dreaded dark circles?
Have you ever completed the perfect foundation application and set it with your favorite setting powder only to look in the mirror and see cakey foundation? It’s a problem many of us have likely encountered, but there are a few simple steps to keep this from happening. Read on below to find out!
- Moisturize your skin, including an eye creamApplying makeup on top of well moisturized skin will keep your foundation and setting powder from clinging to any dry patches or flaky areas. Using an eye cream in the under eye area, and extending it out to your temple, will add an extra boost of moisture to this region and keep the area looking lifted and brightened. An eye cream will also ensure your concealer sits nicely on top of your skin and doesn’t settle into any fine lines or wrinkles.
- Use a primerIf you have oily skin, use the primer of your choice all over your face. If you have combination skin, apply a bit of primer over any areas that are prone to become oily throughout the day. If you have dry skin, you may be able to get away with using a very hydrating moisturizer and no primer. Take your time and find the combination of moisturizer and primer (if any!) that works for you. Using a primer will help even out your skin tone and texture, allowing your makeup to be more smoothly and evenly applied across the face.
- Apply less foundationOne of the biggest mistakes makeup wearers make is using too much foundation. However much you’re using right now, you could probably cut it down to 2/3 or even 1/2. The thinner you apply your foundation, the better your concealer will sit on top of it and the quicker your application will dry. This will be extremely helpful in avoiding your setting powder from looking cakey, as you need to wait until your makeup is completely dry before applying setting powder.
- Wait for your foundation and concealer to complete dry before applying powderWhen you apply setting powder on top of foundation or concealer before it’s finished drying, you’ll notice it starts to bunch and look cakey. This can be avoided by using less foundation, waiting for the application to completely dry, and then applying a dusting of setting powder across the face – focusing on the areas that are more likely to become shiny or oily throughout the day. A trick to keep a fresh, dewy-looking complexion is to only apply powder to these oil prone areas, and to skip applying powder on less oily areas of the face such as the temple, upper lip region, jaw line, and cheek bones.
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