Q & A with BB: The Great Cover Up

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Q. Bre, I was wondering if you could give me some good tips for covering under eye circles.  Mine are genetic, and even if I get plenty of sleep, they are so dark! Nothing I’ve tried has ever truly covered them, and now that I’m starting to get fine lines, I find that if I try too hard, I just end up with circles AND make-up that settled into the lines, which makes them all the more noticeable. What can I try? Thanks, Misty.

A. Great question Misty and thank you for it. Unfortunately, under eye circles are a common hindrance for most, and genetic ones are especially troublesome. The dark blood vessels underneath the eyes are more visible on people with pale skin. The color of the circles also provides more information. Yellow or brown circles are a buildup of melanin caused by repeated sun exposure and damage, while blue circles are caused by blood leaking from capillaries and pooling under the eyes. Sadly, under eye circles don’t improve with age, in fact, they get worse. We lose collagen as we age and the thin, delicate skin around the eyes hollows out and makes discoloration more noticeable. Concealer is still the best under eye circle remedy, but some skincare is showing real promise. Eye creams that contain hyaluronic acid, work to plump the skin and give it a more rejuvenated appearance. A powerful new lightening agent, Haloxyl, has been shown to reduce the appearance of dark circles by strengthening weak capillaries. Products that contain retinol stimulate collagen and elastin to improve firmness and elasticity. One such eye cream that contains these dark circle reducing ingredients is Neova Eye Therapy. If you’re dealing with dark circles and fine lines an eye cream is an absolute must.

Concealing dark under eye circles can be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be with five key steps.

  1. Prep the eye area. Use a makeup appropriate eye cream {read: non oily or greasy} under the eye before starting your makeup. For an extra firming bonus, keep your eye cream in the fridge. The cold will help to reduce puffiness. Use a light hand when applying your eye cream, three little dots is plenty.
  2. Do your foundation first. Some women have been told that you should apply your concealer first and your foundation over top. That isn’t the case. Doing so will simply remove your concealer, why bother? Sometimes foundation is all you need to even out the skin tone and conceal imperfections. If your dark eye circles still show through then you need concealer.
  3. Use the correct shade of concealer. Another thing women have been told is that you need to use a lighter shade of concealer to “brighten up” the eye area. Not a good way to go. The lighter concealer, mixed with dark circles only makes for a gray, ashy circle instead. It’s a reverse raccoon eye and only draws more attention to the very area you were trying to conceal. Use a shade that matches your skin exactly, but has a warmer tone. Under eye concealers should be pinker and warmer in color, it is not the area for yellow based concealing. For example, in M.A.C. foundations and concealers the shades are NC or NW. NC means neutral cool, these are more yellow based. While NW is neutral warm and has a warmer red or pink color. To counteract dark under eye circles you want to warm up the area.
  4. Mix primer with your concealer. If you have an eye primer great, if not face primer will work well. The primer helps thin out the texture of the concealer and helps it adhere and last. It’s also a nice added step of hydration to the delicate skin around the eyes.
  5. Use a full coverage concealer. All concealers are not created equal. Opt for a creamy and thick concealer that allows for buildable coverage. The concealer should sink in and melt into the skin. Two of my favorite concealers for the under eye area are M.A.C. Select Moisturecover and M.A.C. Pro Longwear Concealer. You can use a synthetic bristle concealer brush for more precision, or your ring finger. Tap and press the concealer into the skin, getting as close to the lower lash line as possible. No three little dots here, place the concealer tight against the lower lashes. Apply a thin layer to the eye lid to help conceal veins and discoloration. Place concealer in the inner corner of the eye to help remove shadows that occur naturally. Just conceal the dark areas, extending the concealer past the dark areas can cause the crepey, settled into the fine lines look you don’t want. We smile, we squint, our eyes were made to move and emote {are you reading this Nicole Kidman?} only use concealer where needed. As with any concealer, layer thinly to achieve the desired coverage. Set concealer with a loose or pressed powder to ensure longevity. A lot of women skip this step and their concealer can crease or disappear, powder is crucial.

I hope my skincare and concealer recommendations work for you. If you also experience under eye bags or puffiness you can learn more about ways to ditch the bags here. Thank you again for the excellent question.

Have you found a concealer that covers your under eye circles?

{M.A.C. Select Moisturecover Concealer image from allure.com}

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3 Responses to Q & A with BB: The Great Cover Up

  1. Nice concealing tips! Although I don’t have very bad circles under my eyes, I always think that concealer can make a real difference. Sometimes, concealing is a very underestimated step, but for me it’s one of the most important things when applying make up on my face.

  2. Breanna says:

    @Marta I agree completely! Women often overlook it, but the results are incredible when you take the time to properly conceal. I admit I don’t do it on the daily, only for special occasions.

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