Ways To Brighten Under-Eye Area
You know that moment when you see a friend you haven’t seen in years, and they look so radiant and refreshed? That’s probably because they know how to properly conceal those dark circles under their eyes. Dark circles or puffiness under the eyes can be caused by various factors, from genetics to aging. But no matter the cause, there’s a way to cover them.
The most common concealer for under-eyes is the yellowish-orange shade called “Guyliner,” but there are multiple factors at play when concealing dark circles. The first factor is skin shade, and the second is the color of lip balm. Only a peachy concealer will appear natural on a dark skin tone, so if you have a darker skin shade, it’s best to steer clear of using green or purple shades. Green and purple look best on lighter skin tones. Lip balm also comes into play with this concealer since the texture helps build density in small areas, more so than regular makeup. The standard lip balm won’t provide the same coverage as concealers, but mixing the two will yield the most natural look.
The next step is to apply the concealer under your eyes. Apply with a small makeup brush or use a Q-tip. Dab under the eyes and blend with fingertips or a brush. Be thorough and apply multiple layers to build up density in areas where dark circles are more noticeable. To make the concealer last longer, apply setting powder on top of the concealer to lock it in place. Wait for it to dry before applying makeup on top of it, or the foundation will look uneven. Since lip balm is more concentrated than cream base concealers, it stays on the skin for a long time. Apply as needed throughout the day, and do not touch your lips with your fingers.
Several under-eye masks claim to help conceal dark circles. Some contain vitamin C and caffeine, which can help temporarily brighten the under-eyes. But even these products only work if the area is clean, so don’t apply them before going to bed, or you’ll wake up with dark circles again when you get up. Never use a puffy eye mask under the eyes, as this can make your concealer wear off faster. Masks aren’t the right solution for dark circles, but they are much better than no concealer at all.
You should, however, not settle for the same old concealer you’ve been using all these years. Instead, invest in quality products that will work better and last longer. You want to give your dark circles the attention they need. Remember that makeup enhances your natural beauty, not covering everything up.
Concealer With Makeup Brushes
The third way to cover dark circles is with makeup brushes. Instead of applying concealer with a Q-tip, opt for a liquid foundation applicator brush or fluffy brush instead. The same concept goes into play, but the texture and coverage vary depending on your brush. This technique is best for you if you already have a purple concealer in your makeup bag. The sponge tip of the brush will help spread the product under your eyes without wasting any of it. Apply two to three layers if necessary to cover up dark circles completely. Once done, take a dry cotton ball and lightly press it into the brush to pick up any excess product.
The fourth way to brighten dark circles is with a foaming brush. These brushes cost as much as professional brushes, but they’re perfect for gently applying concealer under dark circles. To apply foam, dampen the applicator with water and gently pat the product directly under your eyes. The foam will tend to settle into more creases in your skin, so you may need to reapply after a few minutes when you need to reapply concealer. But the pros outweigh the cons because you’ll use a lot less concealer and get better coverage.
The fifth way to brighten the under-eye area is by applying a cold compress. Take an ice pack and place it on the under eyes for at least 10 minutes. Press the pack against your skin with a damp face towel. Your skin needs to be warm before you can apply concealer, so this will calm any tense muscles underneath. Make sure you don’t place your face directly above the ice pack because cold air can cause more harm than good.
The sixth way to brighten the under-eye area is to get extra sleep. As crazy as it sounds, sleep deprivation can cause dark circles because your body needs rest to recover. But if you can’t get enough sleep at night, try taking a power nap during the day instead. A quick 20-minute nap can do wonders for your skin, but ensure you don’t apply any concealer when you wake up!
Another way to brighten the under-eye area is by staying hydrated. Try drinking more water to flush out the toxins that can be causing unsightly bags under your eyes. Don’t forget to use an eye cream, either. Apply it all over your eyelids and under your eyes to keep the area hydrated so it will appear brighter. A warm shower can also help you by getting you glowing and sweating out any excess toxins.
Baking Soda Mask
The final way to use makeup to brighten the under-eye area is with a baking soda mask. Baking soda is nature’s miracle product and can be applied all over your face to give your skin the glow it needs. If you’re using this recipe, apply a cotton ball towel dipped in warm water over your skin and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. Then rinse with cold water followed by a cool, damp cloth after drying off completely. This will tighten your skin up and allow your concealer to last longer.
In conclusion, there are many different ways to brighten the under-eye area. Getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, drinking water, and exercising are always good ideas. Don’t stress over dark circles because there is always a simple solution to help them fade away. Remember that you should use what’s natural for your skin type and not try to cover up dark circles with anything too heavy or uncomfortable. Facial rejuvenation treatments are a safe choice and can work wonders if you’re consistent with the treatments.