How to Look Bright-Eyed

Everyone who's ever been in my makeup chair wants to look awake, fresh, and bright-eyed - in other words, get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes. Of course, a lot of that has to do with lifestyle choices, but there are a few tricks that can (mostly) erase the zombie effect. 

Many Thin Layers of Concealer

On a typical day, I use three under eye concealers because this is the situation without them:

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So, I use a corrector to cancel the bluish/purple:

 Corrector on left, nothing on the right

Corrector on left, nothing on the right

A thicker concealer:

 Corrector and concealer on left, just corrector on right

Corrector and concealer on left, just corrector on right

And a thinner concealer to brighten and "set" everything (instead of a powder):

 I'm alive!

I'm alive!

It's imperative to use as little product as possible, and to tap and press each layer into the skin. 

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Under Eye Masks

These little masks tighten, brighten and hydrate the most delicate part of your face and, if you use them while applying eye makeup, act as a shield from shadow fallout. Byrdie.com just rounded up their favorites HERE

Since they can be expensive, I'm looking into the best DIY versions - please comment if you have any ides!

 

 

 

Gentle Massage

Facial massage is nothing new, although it is becoming more mainstream. Whether you do this manually or with a tool (like a jade roller), the de-puffing benefits are instant. Over time, they absolutely make a difference. Here's my favorite:

And so...

We know that diet, lack of sleep, dehydration, allergies and genetics can all cause dark circles, but when you know a few tricks, you can fake it. I've compiled my favorite concealers below minus the corrector - more on that soon.

Thank you kindly for stopping by!