Skin Challenge: Dark Circles
What ages our appearance the most? Not wrinkles or gray hair, but dark circles under your eyes.
Although dark circles are not a sign of exhaustion or serious illness, they can make you feel old, unhealthy and tired. They usually appear in adulthood and affect both men and women, but children can develop them, too.
Dark circles, though common, are not created equal. In fact, there are three types of under eye circles, each requiring a different approach.
In all cases: take care of any dry skin around your eyes first by starting with moisturizer and Perfecting Primer. Creams work better than gels for moisturizing. Follow the instructions for your specific type of dark circle:
Puffy Dark Circles
With puffiness, the dark circle appears underneath the puffy area. Using a lighter Natural Cover Cream shade will create the illusion of bringing the dark area forward to counteract the puffy look. To apply:
- Use a small concealer brush to place the Natural Cover Cream right where you want it.
- Then, apply your foundation shade on the puff itself, or you can even try a slightly darker shade to give the illusion that the puffy area is receded.
- Take your time to blend Natural Cover Cream into the surrounding skin.
- Finally, apply a light dusting of powder to set your Natural Cover Cream and prevent it from migrating into any lines.
The shadow created from the brow bone, nose, etc., is the culprit here. To bring your eyes out of the dark:
- Always use a slightly lighter shade of Natural Cover Cream under the eye and on the lid. This will brighten your eyes immediately.
- Stick to light matte or pearl eye shadows to reflect light and highlight the dark area.
- Use eyeliner and several coats of mascara to bring out the shape of your eye. Consider using black mascara to make your lashes stand out and to bring your eyes forward.
Many women of color have this challenge, but it can affect anyone. Here’s what to do:
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- Use a rosier Natural Cover Cream shade for a more natural look.
- If your skin tone is dark olive, dark beige Natural Cover Cream will neutralize the color. However, you may also want try going a shade lighter. For example, if your skin tone is medium beige, try fair rose beige. TIP! Rose beige and bronze shades (specifically, fair rose beige, medium rose beige and light bronze) help to cancel out hyper-pigmentation.
- Make sure to blend whichever Natural Cover Cream color you are using under your eyes with your foundation shade.
- Use only a tiny amount of Natural Cover Cream on the eyelid and dust first with Performing Powder. It will act as a primer and help your eye shadow stay put.