There can be nothing more frustrating than having a perfect makeup look ruined by dark circles under your eyes. Nearly all of us get them if we’re tired or stressed, but as we get older and our skin thins, the problem only gets worse. Good news is that you can significantly disguise them with some handy skincare and makeup tricks.
Tools – you will need DIY ice cubes made with green tea, a brightening & hydrating eye cream, a colour correcting concealer palette, foundation, concealer, powder highlighter and pale nude eyeshadow.
Step 1 – Having ice cubes made with green tea in your freezer is always handy for any puffy eye or dark circle emergencies. Not only do they cool and calm swelling and redness, but the tannins in the green tea brighten the skin too. Wrap a muslin cloth around one and then roll it around your eye area for a few minutes – underneath and up over the brow bone. You’ll see an improvement already.
Step 2 – The extreme cold on your skin from the ice cube will make any skincare product you put on top of this area work more effectively. Follow Step 1 by applying an eye cream that’s designed to brighten and hydrate. I love the Antonia Burrell Bright & Light Eye Cream (£44). Gently tap and press the eye cream into your skin.
Step 3 – You can get colour correcting concealer palettes everywhere. The idea behind them is that you use a particular colour of concealer to counteract a coloured imperfection on your skin – such as dark circles or redness. The tone of your dark circles will determine which colour of concealer you need, but it will either be yellow, orange or pink. Most dark circles have a blue tinge to them, so if you have this and pale skin, go for the yellow or peach concealer (this is me). However, if you have medium to dark skin, orange may be better for you. Pink is also a brightening shade that tackles dark circles. It may just be a case of trial and error to find out what’s best for you and your skin tone.
Step 4 – Over this coloured concealer, apply your foundation. This is where you will see the ‘colour’ of the concealer disappear and the real neutralising effects of it appear. On top of your foundation, go ahead and apply your regular under-eye concealer too. If it’s one with light reflecting pigments, all the better.
Step 5 – Now it’s time to apply your eye makeup. You’ve just spent time making your eye area look lighter and brighter, so don’t spoil this with a dark smokey eye. If you are really suffering with dark circles on a particular day, go for some white or champagne highlighter in your inner corners and on your brow bone, then apply a champagne or brightening peach eyeshadow over your lids. I love the highlighter and peach eyeshadow combination in the PUR Minerals Goal Digger Vanity Palette (£32). Finish off with some mascara and you’re good to go.
Quick Tips – Try to use a mascara that doesn’t end up transferring to your under eyes throughout the day, as this will only ruin all your hard work. Use a waterproof mascara like Eyeko Sport (£19).