Tired looking eyes with dark circles can really age you. Besides not getting enough sleep, which causes the blood vessels beneath your skin to dilate creating a dark tint, there are other things that can cause dark circles. Allergies, drinking too much alcohol, eating too much salt and damage from the sun can all lead to this problem. Some dark circles develop with age or are hereditary, especially for those with olive skin. Besides professional cosmetic treatments such as lasers or fillers there are some things you can do to help alleviate the problem.
Some Prevention Tips:
1. Get enough sleep.
2. Use sun protection for your eyes.
3. Slightly elevate your head during sleep. This will help prevent fluids from pooling around the eye area.
4. Go easy on the cream around your eyes at night. Too much cream can also cause pooling.
5. Refrain from smoking and eating salty foods.
6. Don’t rub your eyes as this will only make the condition worse.
7. For allergies see your doctor to get the correct treatment for your symptoms.
We are all going to be affected by dark circles at some point, even if we try to avoid them. Luckily there are many good products out there to help them. When applying concealer treat your delicate eye area gently. Don’t pull or rub harshly. Make sure your eyes are smooth and moisturized before applying a concealer. Dry skin patches will show. Except for color correctors which are usually applied under foundation, whether to apply concealers under or over foundation is debatable. Experiment to see what works for you. Not everyone is going to like the same concealers. We all have different skin types and degrees of darkness to hide so we may have to try a few before we find the ones that work for us.
The Creams: Creams are generally thicker than other concealers and offer full coverage. Most color correctors are cream. If I’m using one, I usually apply a color correcter before my foundation. Creams are best applied by patting gently with your pinkie or by using a synthetic fiber concealer brush.
This highly pigmented concealer has a peach tint to counteract blue under-eye circles. It is perfect for light to medium skin tones. It contains rose-hip extract and vitamins A,C & E to brighten and nourish your delicate under-eye skin. This formula works best by patting it on lightly with your pinkie finger.
Nyx Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer
This popular budget brand has some great products and this concealer is one of them. This lightweight, medium to full cover concealer is crease resistant so it doesn’t settle into fine lines and has a pretty matte finish which makes it perfect for normal to oily skin. They have a extensive line of colors for skin tones from very light to dark.
This three color orange based concealer contains every undertone you need including peach, pink and yellow to mask under-eye darkness. The largest of the 3 colors being “neutral” and the other 2 colors being a bit lighter and a bit darker. Great for medium to olive skin tones. This gentle moisturizing formula contains vitamins A & E. Warm and gently pat under-eye with pinkie.
Liquid Concealers: With some exceptions, liquid concealers generally have light to medium coverage. They are creamy and blend easily making them perfect for under the eye area. They can be applied with most foundation or concealer brushes or smoothed with a cosmetic sponge. They work wonderfully under the eyes and also for hiding blemishes.
I love this concealer. When I’m in need of a eye pick-me-up after a long flight or not enough sleep this is my go to. It’s so creamy and highly pigmented. It helps to blur the appearance of fine lines and does a great job of hiding dark circles. It goes on smoothly, blends easily and has great staying power. I use it even if I’m not wearing foundation. Apply this under eyes with a flat foundation brush or a wedge sponge. It’s also great for spot covering blemishes.
This is actually an eye makeup primer to help your eye shadow stay in place, but I find that it’s good at concealing. It is highly pigmented so it has good coverage and dries easily to a nice finish. It’s good for most skin types and works especially well for oily skin. Good for covering blemishes also.
This is medium coverage with good pigment. It’s creamy and easy to use. Helps to soften fine lines and under-eye darkness. Just tap a few dots under your eye and blend with a sponge or foundation brush. Great under or over your foundation or on a no foundation day. For blemishes use a small concealer brush.
I think I had my roller ball for about a year before it finally ran out. This is a great drugstore buy. It’s so light and thin yet it covers so well. You can’t tell you have it on but it just works. It doesn’t settle into lines or wrinkles and it’s perfect to wear without foundation. I always have one around. Great for all skin types.
Powders are a great option for liquid or cream foundation users. You don’t always need to put a creamy concealer over your foundation, especially if you have oily skin. Foundation powders are the perfect concealer for blemishes. Just a dab of powder foundation in a color that matches your complexion and your blemish disappears. I use a powder around my eyes also but just a dab on the areas I want to cover. It also sets whatever other concealer you may have on.
This powder foundation is my go-to for spot covering blemishes. Just dab with a small brush.( MAC 228) It couldn’t be easier. This lasts a long time and is a easy to touch up if you need to. You can also dab carefully around the darkest areas under your eyes to set your liquid or cream concealer and add even more coverage. Also this lasts forever when using it as a concealer.
These matte eye shadows are created in light neutral-toned colors. I bought the color Shell to use on my lids and under my brows and found that it worked wonderfully to lighten any darkness around my eyes. It brightens up the outer corners and inside near the tear duct area. I also use it lightly in the hollows under my eyes to brighten them up.
Moisturizers and Treatments
This mask will leave your eyes feeling so hydrated. It is formulated with an exclusive hydrating Cell Treatment Complex which includes a combination of vitamins B3, E, and pro-vitamin B5, It has a tightening and brightening effect that just makes your eyes look so refreshed. Expensive but worth the splurge before a special event or just as a treat for yourself.
It’s so important to use a good moisturizer before applying concealer. This one works well for normal to dry skin. It’s a basic moisturizer with hyaluronic acid to hold moisture around the eyes. Be sure to apply and leave on for 15 minutes or so to let it sink in. You can also dab lightly with a tissue. This is a also great lip moisturizer. I keep one on my nightstand. If you find it too moisturizing for your eyes try it on your lips. You’ll love it!
It’s also important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. This lightweight broad spectrum cream brightens the eye area and contains skin repairing anti oxidants that fight the signs of aging. Its contains gentle, mineral based sun protection so there is no stinging around the eye area. This formula is good for all skin types. If you have super dry skin you might want to use a more moisturizing cream underneath.
This silky lightweight cream contains light diffusing pigments to blur your fine lines and create a more radiant looking finish. It creates a smooth finish that helps your concealer blend well and the angled metal tip is so cooling that you can press against your under eye area to relieve puffiness.