I don’t know about you, but this is by FAR my favorite makeup product! And while the art of concealing dark circles is nothing new, the trick is finding the concealer that works for you. Look for a formula that’s a shade or two lighter than your foundation for instant brightening. I typically use “fair” and it works great for me. Make sure you don’t choose a “long wear” or one that is matte – it will eventually settle into the lines around the eyes – making you appear older than you are. You can also consider a multipurpose concealer that does more than simply mask dark skin. Many concealers are formulated with special ingredients to reverse aging, correct hyperpigmentation and shield skin from the environmental damage that typically causes dark circles to appear in the first place.
HIGHLIGHT WITH PINK
And I don’t mean the rockstar – ha! I know it may seem a little strange to apply a pink highlighter under your eyes, but if done correctly, it really works to conceal darkness. Using a pink pencil or shadow, lightly trace a “v” shape that follows the inner corner of your eye from top to bottom. The tone will instantly lighten up dark skin to make eyes brighter.
Whether you want to perk up a tired complexion or conceal dark spots, illuminators are a best-kept secret when it comes to brightening the face. Why do they work? In addition to having a pink hue that helps diffuse darkened areas, illuminators are also tinted with sparkling gold flecks that add a subtle shimmer to catch light and brighten skin. I have been known to swipe a bit of white eye shadow on the inner corners to brighten up – It works!
ENHANCE YOUR NATURAL EYE COLOR
Another way to make eyes appear more awake is to apply shadows that make your eye color pop. If you have blue eyes, reach for a pink, purple or brown shadow. For green eyes, purple or light lavender shadow is best. For brown-eyed beauties, a deep emerald shadow will bring out the brilliance of your eyes.
TRY HOME REMEDIES
In addition to dark circles, puffiness can accompany tired, lifeless eyes. One easy way to awaken your appearance is to use things you already have at home. Cold cucumber slices, cooled herbal teabags and even compresses made with shredded potato can bring down swelling within a few minutes. If those don’t work – I just happen to know of a GREAT eye creme that will alleviate dark circles, puffiness and lines under eyes.(wink, wink)
Do you have any other tips that will perk up tired eyes? I’d love to hear.