Ah, eye bags. Those elusive little pouches that make us look like we’re constantly in need of a nap or a strong cup of coffee. We’ve all been there, staring at our reflection and wondering how to magically erase those puffy under-eye circles.
Well my friend, fear not! With the right tools and techniques, you can banish those bags and fake a well-rested face in no time. So grab your concealer and let’s get started!
First Things First: Identify Your Eye Bag Type
Before we dive into makeup application tips, it’s important to understand what kind of eye bags you’re dealing with. Are they dark circles? Puffiness? Fine lines? All three?
Tip: Take a good look at your under-eye area in natural lighting – don’t rely on overhead lights which can cast shadows.
- Dark Circles: If your under-eye area is darker than the rest of your skin tone or has a blue-ish tint, you have dark circles.
- Puffiness: If the skin around your eyes appears swollen or baggy, especially in the morning after waking up, congratulations, you have puffiness.
- Fine Lines: If wrinkles are starting to form around your eyes causing small creases when smiling or frowning, sorry, but it’s likely fine lines forming.
Knowing what type of eye bag(s) are plaguing you can help determine which products and methods will be most effective for coverage.
Step One: Prep Your Skin
No matter what type of eye bags you have, hydrating the skin around them first will give better results. Apply an oil-free moisturizer formulated specifically for delicate areas (like La Mer The Eye Concentrate), before any cosmetics go on top^1.
Not only does hydration help eliminate dryness-induced wrinkles—dehydration boosts moisture loss beneath eyes and results in a hollow look under your skin^1. The moisturizer helps bring blood flow to the skin around the eye area, too.
Antioxidant-rich Vitamin C-rich lemon juice also does wonder for preparing the skin’s collagen synthesis better. But as Hollywood.cautioned using straight up lemon due to heightened sensitivity from its acid content^2. Lactic acid derived from milk or medically formulated eye gels will do just fine
Step Two: Prime Time
Applying an eye primer can help keep concealer and other makeup products stay put throughout the day while minimizing creasing.
Focusing on primers centered towards hydrating or brightening issues overlapping with targeted skin problems like blemishes containing salicylic acid or glycolic acids such as Dermablend Poresaver Matte Makeup Primer should be used before foundation if one has spotty existing bumps making them heavier.
The top parts of your cheekbones are another part you might want to prime before blush application unless you’re looking for “fashion face paint” marks pointed out by kids always playfully imitating clown customs.
Step Three: Choose Your Concealer
When it comes to covering up those bags, not all concealers are created equal. Here’s what we suggest based on which type of eye bag(s) is most prominent:
- Dark Circles: To combat blue-ish dark circles, opt for a peach-toned concealer like MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer—yes, peach-tone corrects under-eye dullness best.
- Puffiness: Stick with light coverage so that puffs don’t appear worse beneath heavy coverup – switch saddled areas with a hint of purple hue Erborian BB Eye Touche Parfaite.
- Fine Lines/wrinkles: Avoid thick formulas that settle into lines; use something lightweight like Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Touche Eclat Radiant Touch.
To apply, use a concealer brush or your ring finger, which is the weakest finger and applies lighter pressure in fragile skin areas. Making circular motions lightly blend outwards from the inner corners of your eye.
Step Four: Set That Stuff
Once you’ve got your concealer on and sufficiently blended, it’s important to set it so that everything stays put throughout the day (or night).
Powders are great for keeping makeup where intended but avoid complexion destroying setting powder like Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder^1—if there any power powerful than this infamous cosmetic powder known?—instead try Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder—a more forgiving alternative with its hydrating properties making application almost consoling. Apply using a fluffly brush collecting only smaller amounts & sweeping underneath both eyes accordingly.
Step Five: The Final Touch
Last but not least, add an extra brightness boost with highlighter! Use one specifically formulated for sensitive under-eye skin like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter; dab carefully at top center of cheekbones until creating cosmic looks as seen on pricier beauty festivals – no David Bowie resembling mullet required though.
A Note About Puffiness – No Matter What!
When battling puffiness around the eyes, even if concealed successfully they may still be visible through heavy layers—but don’t take drastic measures involving scalpels just yet. Hydration and essential oil usage can help alleviate swelling over time^3! A patch test should always be conducted before full coverage due to possible allergans inside cosmetics causing irritation unnoticeable to most during assembly.^4
As such, Sensitive-skin alert: Make sure formulas chosen match personal profiles exempting irritants especially due fragrance or lanolin-based ingredients alike^5!. It’s WISESKIN 101 after all…
That’s about it! With these tips and tricks, you should be well on your way to disguising those pesky eye bags. As always, a healthy lifestyle is the best preventative measure—especially when it comes to getting enough sleep!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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