15 Tips for Under-Eye Circles

28 08 2009

how-to-heal-a-black-eye“Are you feeling ok?  You just look so…tired!”

Comments like that make you want to give people black eyes of their own?

Well, while you plot your revenge, skim over these 15 tips to reducing and covering under-eye circles and puffiness.

A little background:
The skin under the eye is the thinnest part of skin on our entire bodies at 0.5mm, so it’s no major surprise that it reveals all of our inner workings like blood vessels and toxins.

Lots of things can contribute to these circles, including:

  1. Lack of Sleep.
  2. Dehydration from sugar, caffeine, salt, and liquor.
  3. Allergies contribute to swelling and, as if that weren’t enough, you bruise those delicate little vessels when you rub your eyes to relieve the incessant itching…
  4. Smoking leeches nutrients, dries out skin, and can further aggravate your allergies.
  5. Wine – on top of dehydrating you and leaving you with a massive hangover (you lush), the sulfites in wine aggravate under-eye circles, and the levels of histamine found in wine might further intensify your allergies.
  6. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia which decreases the amount of oxygen that your blood can carry, leading to a deeper blue or purple beneath the eyes.
  7. Any medications or illnesses that restrict or increase blood flow can show up in your under-eye area.
  8. Lack of anti-oxidants in your diet.  Anti-oxidants help remove toxins and reduce water retention, while also restoring blood vessels.  Busy little bees, aren’t they?
  9. Stress.
  10. And, of course, genetics.

Yeah, yeah, yeah – so we can eat healthy, drink water and decaf tea and then put a chilled salad of leftover tea bags, cucumbers, avacado, and tumeric on our eyes while we think peaceful thoughts and solve world crises with our eyes closed…  But some of us would rather die with a wine glass in our hands, a cigarette in our dead lips, and makeup caked on under our eyes, so let’s just cut to the chase and discuss how to cover these puppies up, right?

  1. Pick a color that matches your foundation exactly, or – if you got it bad – a shade or two lighter.  Don’t go too light or you will give yourself a raccoon mask, essentially putting a marquis around the very thing that you were trying to hide.  A good place to test concealer color is in on a vein on your inner arm.  Think yellow if you’re a honkey, golden-orange if you’re in more of the bronzey or ebony spectrum.  Also play around with textures, keeping in mind that anything too dry is going to cake up and may be too rough for your delicate eye-belly, and anything with too much moisturizer in it will run into the fine lines and make you feel haggish.
  2. Moisturize – Your under-eye area has fewer oil glands than anywhere else on your face, so you really can’t over-moisturize this area.  Apply a rich moisturizer and let it sit for a few minutes.  Blot with a sponge or a single ply of tissue.  This base will allow for smoother coverage and will help prevent caking.
  3. Apply Concealer – With a concealer brush, gently stipple the concealer – ONLY where it’s dark – otherwise, you will end up where you started, with two tones under your eye.  Then, blend gently with finger – using your middle or ring finger will help you to be more gentle.  Again, let sit and gently blot.
  4. Apply Foundation – I know, it may seem backward, but if you are using a concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than your foundation, you will want to apply it beneath your foundation.  When you start working the foundation into the eye area, be sure to gently stipple it to avoid smearing or removing the concealer beneath.
  5. Mature Skin – If your skin is a bit more mature, lightly dip your finger in loose powder and gently trace it over the area.  You want to avoid over-powdering because the excess powder will settle into fine lines and look cakey.

For Puffiness:
Follow the same steps as outlined above only, before you powder, take a concealer brush and gently fill-in the shadowy line beneath the puffy area.  This creates an optical illusion that will bring that recessed line beneath the “bag” forward and help to even out your under-eye area.

You know some dirty secrets that I don’t know (or haven’t revealed)?  Add ’em in the comments!

Have more questions?  Let me know!

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2 responses

9 09 2009
Mer

“But some of us would rather die with a wine glass in our hands, a cigarette in our dead lips, and makeup caked on under our eyes, so let’s just cut to the chase and discuss how to cover these puppies up, right?” Oh, Jess! You know me so well! I’ve been doing concealer over the foundation. I’ll give this new method a try.

9 09 2009
juxtamakeup

Hahaha, yeah they always give you this long list of random things to do, and really, c’mon – just tell how to get rid of the suckers, right?

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