Sleeping a full eight hours is a luxury for most people these days.
Hectic schedules of balancing work, family, and obligations is leaving a lot of us feeling less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
But not to worry. There are a few products and tips to open up those peepers and appear fully rested and ready to tackle another day.
So many of my clients ask me to cover their dark circles. When the thin skin around the eyes is actually a darker tone than the rest of the face, it can be the result of genetics, diet and/or lifestyle.
Getting more Vitamin K from the foods you eat can help with the circulation of blood and decrease the appearance of darkness around the eyes. You can find Vitamin K in green veggies such as kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, and broccoli.
Using an eye cream that contains caffeine will help with microcirculation in the area. Try Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Cream morning and night.
The best way to cover dark circles is NOT to use a lighter concealer all around the eyes. I see so many women walking around with the “raccoon eye effect” because they have tried to cancel out the darkness with a shade that is lighter than the rest of their face. Using a concealer that is chalky and heavy around the eyes will only weigh them down and make you look older.
Alternatively, opt for a salmon-toned concealer that has a creamy texture. This color will actually cancel out the bluish greens of dark circles. Try Josie Maran’s Argan Blend Concealer.
*Only apply the concealer to the area that is dark. This is usually comma-shaped and curves from the inner corner of the eye down along the ridge of the orbital bone to just above the apple of the cheek.
*Blend evenly and set the concealer with a light dusting of powder.
The appearance of dark circles can also be the result of puffiness. What many women call dark circles are actually just shadows that are created by the raised area under the eye. Puffiness can be the result of trapped fluid or fat tissue. When dealing with puffy eyes, the goal is to reduce inflammation, move fluid from the area, and to conceal.
In addition to getting more rest, puffiness can be alleviated by avoiding alcohol and foods high in sodium. Read more about foods that benefit your skin in articles from Donna Sonkin and Tasha Gerken
Manual lymphatic drainage is also a wonderful way to naturally move fluid and toxins from the face. Use an eye cream morning and night that has anti-inflammatory properties such as Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme.
When concealing puffiness, the most important rule to remember is that dark recedes and light brings forward. Because you are working with an area that is enlarged, do not use a lighter color on the puffy area which will only accentuate it.
*The easiest way to even it out is by brightening the area where the shadow occurs. Again, use a concealer only in the darkest area and set with powder.
*Do not apply light concealer to the “bag” area.
Once you have dealt with the darkness around the eyes, you can further open and brighten them with these few easy steps:
* Use a flesh tone liner on the inner rim of the lower lashes to open the eyes and make them look whiter. A white liner is a more dramatic option to achieve this.
* Apply two coats of mascara to curled lashes.
* Use a highlighter like RMS Beauty Living Luminizer on the inner corner of the eyes and on the very center of the lid above the iris of the eye.
When the goal is to look fresh, remember that less is more. Piling on heavy makeup can make you look more tired and add unwanted years, especially around the eyes.
Enjoy your lovely eyes, and all of the compliments you will get!
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