One of the biggest questions I get asked by clients is what to do about dark circles and eye bags.
Let’s start with some facts, darker pigmentation around the eyes and puffiness/sagging or ‘bags’ can be hereditary (thanks mum and dad) or the result of blood vessels in the area that are swollen or not draining away properly. As the skin in this area is thin and more translucent, underlying vessels are more obvious. Other factors to consider are; lack of sleep, excess consumption of alcohol, smoking, allergens around the eyes and lack of hydration.
The latest accessory most of us mums have to go with the babies is sadly dark circles and puffiness made all the worse by lack of sleep (thanks kids!). There are some amazing ways to cover up dark circles with make-up, but these are temporary, so I’m going to give you a couple of tips to help alleviate and prevent them occurring…
- Drink plenty of water. This area is highly sensitive, and you’ll probably notice can get dry and irritated quite easily. Keeping the area well hydrated will help. A lighter moisturiser or gel is good around this area too, nothing too heavy. Sadly, I have yet to find the holy grail in eye creams
- Eat a varied and balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals
- Take the needed rest and sleep (when the sleep thieves let you!)
- It’s antiquated but cool cucumber slices/frozen tea bags/cold spoons really do work to reduce puffiness as they constrict the vessels under the skin making them look smaller and dark patches lighter. Want something a little more luxurious? Pop an eyemask into the freezer
So, how to cover them? One of the key products you can have in your makeup bag is a concealer. Finding the best one for you is key are there are so many on the market.
The application of concealer counts, whether you apply before or on top of foundation is down to personal preference. Personally, I tend to pop mine under any other makeup I apply. Bear in mind that for a natural look, less is more.
There are several ways to apply concealer, in dots along the orbital bone, triangle under the eye and blended in, however I have found that by applying concealer or the base product in an outwards motion from the shadow or crease of my orbital bone (not in the actual dark or baggy area) helps draw attention away from the actual dark circle.
Use your ring finger and pat the product onto the skin, don’t drag or rub the product in as this will make it more obvious.
Finally, some extra tips to detract when all else fails….
- A strong brow
- A bold lip
- Brighten the area using a highlighter on your brow bone and inner corner of your eye (just a touch makes all the difference)
- A good swish of mascara will open up eyes, and for the time conscious LVL is the absolute BEST mum treatment around and gives 6-8 weeks of a freshly curled eyelash, tint and the illusion of length…who doesn’t want that?
- Wear those dark circles with pride! We’ve been up in the night feeding, nurturing and comforting those tiny humans with love.
Oh…..and coffee always helps!
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