I don’t know what it is with me lately, but my eyes look like they belong to a 60-year-old woman, and I’m in my early 40s. I’m constantly tired-looking, and there are bags and circles on my face where none used to exist. (shrugs)
Hopefully, I’m not alone in my struggle to look bright-eyed and youthful. Or, at the very least, I’d like to look as if I’ve slept more than 4 hours a night.
For help, I reached out to two of my pals, Brett Freedman of VanityMark and Scott-Vincent Borba of Borba. If these two (who both work with celebs for a living) can’t help me, then somebody please schedule my eye lift, injections, and fillers pronto!!
From Brett Freedman:
The skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the whole body. The highest concentration of blood vessels is greatest around the eyes. A bad combo!
As a makeup artist, when I have to dodge dark circles I attack it in 3 steps:
I apply foundation or tinted moisturizer not only to the face but around the eyes and on eyelids. This will downplay any red or darkness. Since the formulations are thinner they’ll move with skin easily and look most natural.
I choose a stick or pot concealer to dodge just where it’s dark. To cover the best you’ll need a fuller-bodied formula. By applying the foundation first you’ll end up using less of the thicker concealer. I apply with a small, tight brush so you can really get into the eye socket.
I set with a zero pigment powder so as not to get a build-up and the most sheerness.
Take your favorite eye cream and leave a visible thick coat on your entire orbital eye area. Then place a thin layer of Vaseline over it. Throughout the night your eyes will be constantly conditioned (moisture will be trapped by the Vaseline) and your puffy eyes will be gone!
Drink yourself to a well-rested you. Drink anti-inflammatory agents like Pomegranate, Acai, and Lychee and Aloe juice also are natural humectants as well as anti-inflammatory agents. Drink this for one week and see a visibly major difference in dark circles and puffiness.
Everyone knows to use a small amount of product and to gently pat the product on. This is so the product goes on thick and helps to eliminate bruising to the delicate eye area.
The colder the product, the more it will help with puffiness – keep your eye cream in the fridge!