The Secret of the Dark Circles - What To Do
It is no secret that I have dark circles. It is in fact hereditary, and to-date I have not found any eye cream that will make them magically, disappear. There are days though they can get worse, due to poor sleep or unhealthy diet. So, for the longest time I’ve invested in the best of brands when it came to concealers to make sure I could properly hide them. However, it wasn’t an easy task to get the perfect shade for my eyes; it felt like the darkness always found a way to creep through with a greyish cast.
So, if you are struggling with a similar issue this blog may help with a couple of options you can try out. I will be addressing the why and the science of it in another post.
“What to Do”
The first and most common reason is that you are using a shade that is too light for you. So, the first recommendation is to try to go with a darker shade of the concealer you are currently using. This usually works well if the darkness is not too strong. This is also the recommended option to minimize the products you add to your face. Some of my favorite concealers are: MAC Prolong Wear, Maybelline Fit Me, Anastasia Beverly Hills (which I heard just recently launched in Sephora UAE). I also hear NARS Creamy Concealer is also good, but I personally haven’t tried it yet.
If the first option doesn't work, then you will need to get a Corrector. A corrector is used to first neutralize or cancel out the darkness, before applying your concealer. Correctors for under-eye purpose, range from pinkish tones to orange-red shades. As a general rule of thumb, I’ve found the darker your under-eyes are, the more intense your corrector should be. The following six steps describe how to use a corrector. For this demonstration I have used the Makeup Forever Orange Cream corrector. Other correctors which I have tried and highly recommend are from Bobbi Brown and Makeup Atelier (Sells in Business Bay in Dubai).
Step 1: Apply your regular eye-cream and make sure it is soaked in well (at least 20 minutes before). Make sure to remove any exc
Step 2: Use a flat brush to apply the corrector, only in the dark areas. Apply a thin layer, and you can slowly add in more if you feel the darkness is still coming through. (Tip: Alternatively this might be an indication that you need a more intense color). After this is done, you have to smoothen it out with either a sponge or just patting in with your finger.
Step 3: Use a concealer and gently pat it in on top, starting from the outside and then working you’re way in. It is very important to using patting and not swiping motion, otherwise you will move the corrector all around your face. (Tip: this might need some practice, so don't worry if you don't get it right the first time).
Step 4: Use a slightly damp sponge again here to smoothen out the look.
Step 5: Add in a non-drying loose setting powder. Make sure you add this quickly after you have completed Step 4, to minimize affects of creasing. I really like Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder or Transluscent Loose Powder.
Step 6: After leaving it for a few minutes, brush out the excess powder with a large fluffy brush.
Hope you found this post useful! If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave it below.