No matter how well rested you are, genetics and your diet can affect the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. But when you really want to conceal them, there's a certain shade and layering technique you'll want to have in your beauty arsenal. Just follow these steps for a more circle-free complexion. On Kirbie: Topshop.
Under-eye circles are nobody's friend. Luckily, it's easy to conceal them with some simple makeup tricks. Find out how to hide even the darkest circles with help from makeup artist Lori Taylor. She's showing our reader Sara how to look like she got a full night's rest in just a few minutes. Watch now!
We're excited to continue our partnership with YouTube star and all-around beauty guru Michelle Phan! Every other week, we'll be bringing you the best from her website, MichellePhan.com. This week, Michelle is sharing some clever, easy home remedies that really work on under-eye circles:
These days, many of us spend a good portion of our time staring at screens (computer, TV, phone, etc.), which, if you're not careful, can take a serious toll on your eyes. Straining your eyes can overwork the blood vessels in the sensitive skin underneath the eyes, causing them to look darker and purpler, aka zombie eyes!
To decrease your chances of developing dark circles, make an effort to take a 15-minute break for every hour you spend on the computer (that goes for gaming too!). You could walk around, or simply stop what you're doing to enjoy some tea or a glass of water. No matter what you decide to do, committing to a 15-minute break for the sake of your precious peepers can make a big difference. However, if the damage is already done, try these simple tricks to soothe and heal tired zombie eyes:
There are all kinds of folk "cures" for under-eye circles, ranging from the bizarre to the brilliant. Since I'm on a quest to cover up my circles once and for all, I decided to try out some of the homemade remedies out there and report on the ones that actually work. To find out which DIY solutions actually do an under eye good, just read more.
Continuing our series on the options for conquering under-eye circles, we come to the products designed to keep your eyes looking bright and cheery — the lighteners and brighteners. These products attempt to cover up dark circles through different means than traditional concealers, and also deal with the hyperpigmentation that can contribute to dark circles. to learn a little bit about the major families of these products, just read more.
Everyone thinks they have dark circles, just like everyone wants shinier hair and stronger nails. As any makeup artist or dermatologist will tell you, we all have a certain amount of darkness under the eyes, but I still hear people insist that theirs are the worst. Here are some tips to prevent them:
- Relax. Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water (and not alcohol), and visit an allergist if you suspect the problem isn't purely cosmetic. And if your under eye area is more important to you than snacks (I'm sort of on the fence about this one), try giving up salt.
- Use cold cucumber slices, ice or a treatment like Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask ($54) to bring down puffiness.
- Dab a skin firming concealer under your eyes, like Clinique All About Eyes Concealer ($15.50). Beware of choosing a color that's too light, thinking it will brighten up the area. Concealer is meant to cover – match the shade to your forehead.
- Curl your lashes and try a blue mascara, like Benefit Bad Gal Blue, which make the whites of the eyes appear whiter.
- Draw attention away from your eyes with a sparkly lip gloss. Distraction!