I wish I was one of those women who could just slap on a little mascara and lip gloss and head out the door, looking like I’ve just stepped out of a soap commercial. I hate those fresh-faced b*tch*s! (Sorry if you are one… I’m sure you’re very nice). That will never be me. Even on a day when I start out with a completely unblemished face, I still have to contend with the dreaded dark under-eye circles. And against my pasty white skin they are especially obvious. Even when I’m extremely well rested they’re still there, taunting me.
I take comfort in the fact that at least I’m not the only one. There are plenty of other women out there battling under-eye circles. Fortunately, there are ways to hide them and I’ve spent years experimenting with different products and techniques. Here is what I’ve come up with so far:
Plump it up
I start out by applying my moisturizer and giving it a few minutes to really soak in. I have found that giving that delicate area some extra moisture helps to plump it up and makes the makeup application smoother and more natural looking.
A thin base
Next, I put on my foundation. I like to use my fingertips to apply because I feel like I have more control and can blend better this way. I usually go pretty light on the foundation under my eyes because I know I will be adding concealer on top and I don’t want a huge pile of product that is likely to crease.
The cover-up begins
After that, I grab my trusty Maybelline Coverstick concealer. I like to use a concealer with a bit of a yellow undertone to help cancel out the purple pigment I’m trying to cover. Some people like to use concealers that are totally yellow to cover under-eye circles. I can never get those to look natural, so I just avoid products with pinkish tones. I apply the concealer under my eye, but also on the inside corners because the dark pigment carries up into there too – so many people seem to forget this when applying concealer. I know that a lot of people suggest using a makeup brush to apply concealer, but here again, I like to use my fingertips. The warmth helps me blend the product better and I’m also able to just pat it in rather than pulling the skin (now that I’m in my 30s I’m more worried about being gentle with this area).
A bit of diversion
I try to avoid adding any powder under my eyes. I’ve found that it makes the area look drier and is just one more layer that can crease or clump up. My last steps are mostly diversion tactics. I apply a bit of highlighter to the inside corners of my eyes, right by the tear duct, and a bit to my brow bone. Benefit High Beam is great for this. I then line my upper and lower lashes with a dark eyeshadow and my MAC Small Angle Brush (not a pencil because the wax melts and runs down my face, further emphasizing the darkness). I finish with a couple of coats of mascara on my top lashes only. If I’m feeling particularly exhausted I will also curl my lashes before applying the mascara to give an extra eye-opening effect.
That’s it – my under-eye makeup routine in a nutshell. If you do daily battle with under-eye circles, give it a try. Also, if you have any wonderful tips of your own, feel free to share them. I am also looking for ways to refine my technique.