Dark circles, panda eyes, eyes that look like they perpetually live in the dark side of the moon… whatever you want to call it, our undereye area is a skincare enigma. The Internet is filled with a plethora of blogs reviewing the latest skincare product that claim to brighten our undereye area, discussions on beauty forums on the lesser known ways to cure dark circles, and YouTube videos on natural undereye remedies adopted from different cultures all over the world and passed down through the generations. And yet, conquering the dreaded battle with our undereye circles remain a challenge for even the most experienced of skincare lovers.
Looking Towards a Brighter Undereye Area
Caring for your undereye area and making them look brighter can go a long way in giving you an overall radiant appearance, even if you had the most torturous of sleeps the night before. The bad news is, this requires a pretty lengthy process to achieve, starting from your skincare routine all the way to the type of brush you use to apply your setting powder. But, we promise you, the result is worth it.
So, ready to give yourself an undereye makeover? Read on to find out more.
Mask Your Undereyes
Achieving a brighter undereye area does not only depend on the makeup products and techniques you use but also on how you care for your eyes in your skincare routine. If you want to get peepers that look like they have been pampered with an eight-hour sleep every single night, give them an intense pick-me-up once or twice a week by applying an eye mask. Many beauty brands now make eye patches or gels that are specifically made for the undereye area with ingredients that aim to brighten and plump your undereyes such as caffeine and collagen. However, these commercial eye masks can empty out your wallet quick, especially if you use them frequently. For an affordable alternative, use natural remedies such as cucumbers or tea bags.
Load Up on Eye Cream
The effectiveness of eye creams to combat eye concerns like dark circles and wrinkles is still up for debate in the beauty world. Some people swear on the wonders of their eye cream, while others deem them useless in providing any benefits for our eyes. However, one thing is for sure, a good hydrating eye cream is important in setting you with an emollient base where your concealer can be layered on smoothly. This is especially so if your undereye area tends to be on the drier side; not applying an eye cream will make it difficult for you to apply and blend your concealer to create flawless coverage, causing it to look cakey.
Colour Correct the Darkness
Putting a colour corrector before concealer is an important step in properly covering and brightening your undereye area. Applying a concealer without correcting the bluish-purplish tones of your dark circles can sometimes make your undereye area look grey and ashy. The shade of corrector you use depends on the severity of your dark circles. Bluish to lighter purplish tones will do well with a peach or salmon shade corrector, while darker tones veering towards a dark brown can be neutralised with an orange shade corrector.
Go for Light and Creamy
Once you have corrected your dark circles, you are now left with a neutral base to apply your concealer on. The formulation of your concealer is important here; choose one with a light, creamy formula that can be blended onto your skin easily. If you have corrected your dark circles properly, just a smidge of concealer is all you need to cover your undereye area completely. A lightweight concealer will also less likely crease under your eyes, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines in that area.
Location, Location, Location
Where you apply your concealer can make the difference between transforming you into a bright-eyed maven and making your eyes look sunken and worn-out. Instead of applying your concealer and blending it in a half-moon shape under your eyes, use the upside-down triangular method by bringing your concealer down towards your cheeks. This will give the illusion of lifting your face and making you look more awake.
Avoid blending your concealer with a brush as much as you can because it will tug at the delicate skin of your undereye area, which might accelerate the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Either a damp makeup sponge or your ring finger is the way to go when it comes to blending your undereye concealer. A damp makeup sponge is great at meshing the concealer into your skin without causing it to look cakey, while the heat from your ring finger will allow the concealer to melt seamlessly into your skin. Whichever tool you choose to use, make sure to use a gentle dabbing motion rather than rubbing or swiping.
Only the Smallest Bit of Powder
To set your undereye area, apply just a tiny bit of finishing powder using a small, fluffy brush. Applying too much powder can cause you to erase all the effort you have put in to brighten your undereye area, so be sure to use a light hand. Using a small brush will also allow you to control the amount of powder you apply; just remember to be gentle when you are applying the powder.