Monday, January 10, 2011

Hide Undereye Circles

I’ve had a number of queries lately on the topic of dark under-eye circles - more pertinently – how to get rid of them! Well, the bad news is that you can’t eradicate them completely, but the good news is that you can do a pretty good job of concealing them with make-up!

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What Causes Dark Circles?

Dark circles are cased by inflammation underneath the eye. This inflammation casts a shadow underneath the eye, which results in the ‘dark circle’. Inflammation can be caused by a number of things – illness, allergies, tiredness, dehydration, stress, smoking etc. so the first thing you should do when tackling under-eye circles is find the cause. Once you now what it is, you can manage it going forward.

Remove inflammation:

There are a few ways of reducing the inflammation that causes dark circles.

  • Lifestyle changes: sleep (8 hours per night), water (8 glasses per day) and a good healthy diet will work wonders.
  • Stay out of the sun: Dark circles are often created and exacerbated by sun damage. Always wear a minimum SPF15 when out in the sun.
  • Cold compress: I find that pressing cold teaspoons against the affected area for a minute or so works wonders. Cucumber slices work a treat also.
  • Caffeine: And no, I don’t mean drinking coffee! Eye-creams that contain caffeine are great at reducing dark circles. Gentle pressing cold teabags against the affected area also helps.

Covering Dark Circles with Concealer:

  • Step 1: Using a concealer brush (small brush with synthetic hair, e.g. MAC 194), apply a small amount of peach/pink toned concealer over the dark circles (pink/peach conceals blue/purple). Blend thoroughly; I use a MAC #224 small fluffy brush for this.
  • Step 2: Using your concealer brush again, cover with a yellow-toned concealer. I take the yellow concealer right up to the lower lash-line and down to the cheekbone. Again, blend well with a fluffy brush.
  • Step 3: Once you are happy with the coverage, set the concealer with powder, using your small fluffy brush.

Caroline Recommends:

  • Light / day-to-day coverage: Catrice All-Round Concealer Palette contains 2 pink and 2 yellow shades (ignore the green one which is supposed to cover red pigmentation, but isn’t very good to be honest) and is great value at €3.79.
  • Professional / flawless coverage: Bobbi Brown Corrector (peach/pink toned e.g. “Light Bisque”) and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (yellow toned e.g. “Sand”) are the best on the market.

Yours in style,

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1 comment:

  1. for you to avoid those dark circles its either you use some Dark Circle Treatments and get enough sleep or sleep. It's also important that you stay away from foods that are rich in caffeine. For it can cause some dark circles under your eyes also.