How to Conceal Under-Eye Circles and Brighten Your Look

About this time of year, many of us begin to feel that our skin looks dull. Brightening upDark circles and how to get rid of them the area around the eyes is the best way to look refreshed and vibrant in just a minute. We’ve had two weeks to try some of the remedies from my last blog post ‘How To Banish Those Dark Circles and look more awake’

I always use Micellar Water to clean eye makeup away and never rub my eyes hard! I also drink a lot of water to stay hydrated (luckily, it’s also my favourite drink), and I frequently use cold compresses on my eyes when I use my weekly face masks. I, however, am one of the unlucky women that still has those pesky dark circles, no matter what I do, and this is where I now turn to my training and my makeup kit/makeup bag.


Additional Tip:

Before I give you my favourite products and application methods, one tip which I always use, especially on clients is: using an eyelash curler. This may seem like it has noting to do with concealing your dark circles, however using an eyelash curler takes care of two issues: It gets rid of the shadow your lashes cast on your under-eye area, and opens your eyes, making you look more awake. Win-Win and worth a minute being added onto your daily routine.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

3 Step Process for Covering your Dark Circles

So now to the actual covering of the dark circles.  This is an easy 3 step process which takes no time at all once you’ve mastered the application.

Step 1:   Correct

Dark circles tend to be blue or grey in colour. To correct them you need to apply a colour that’s opposite on the colour wheel, which would be peach or orange. If you have fair skin, choose a light to medium peach colour. For medium to dark skin, pick a dark peach or orange colour. For very dark skin use an orange red.

When choosing a corrector go for a shade that is 1-2 shades darker than your skin colour. It’s important to pick a darker shade, so it hides your dark circles. Apply the corrector in an upside-down triangle with your ring finger or rounded concealer brush, low enough under the eyes to completely cover the area. Don’t forget to correct the inner part of your eye near your tear duct too. Don’t worry about your under eyes looking orange, as the next step is to conceal.

There are 3 products within my makeup kit/makeup bag which I love to use for correcting dark circles:

 

Step 2:  Conceal and Blend

If you don’t wear foundation, choose a concealer that’s the same colour as your skin toneYSL Touche eclat and place it on top of the orange concealer you just applied. Blend it out with the warmth of your ring finger and watch the peach/orange colour disappear.

For those of you who wear foundation, dot your foundation all over your face and buff it into your skin as usual. Be gentle around your eye area so that you don’t remove the orange concealer that’s underneath. The goal in this step is to blend the corrector and foundation into one.

If you feel like you can still see your corrector, you may want to brighten your under eyes with a lighter concealer. All you need is a thin consistency concealer like Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat or MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. Choose a colour that is one shade lighter than your skin tone, so it brightens the under-eye area. Place a couple dots under your eye and blend it out with a soft dome brush.

My current favourite go to products for concealing are:

 

Step 3:   Set your Makeup

Using the same soft dome brush, apply a thin layer of setting powder under your eyes to Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Finish Powderset the concealer and prevent it from creasing throughout the day. If you like using face powder, use a flat thin sponge and apply a thin layer of powder in your T Zone and under your eyes. My preferred powder right now is Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, because it’s super smooth and doesn’t cake up!

I hope this helps with your daily battle with dark circles! I realize this is a process, but I swear by this method when I, or a client, needs some heavy-duty coverage. With time it will only take a couple of minutes and make you look and feel more awake.


 Application Tips

  • The skin isn’t smooth like a piece of plastic, so to get full coverage apply your concealer with a concealer brush using criss-cross motions. This gets the concealer into the fine lines on the skin that aren’t normally visible.
  • Then, to make your concealer completely disappear, feather the edges with your ring finger. The warmth from your finger will melt the concealer into your skin.
  • A little goes a very long way. I am amazed at how little I have to use! If it is creasing, it was too much. Just pat at the concealer with your ring finger to smooth it out and use a little less next time. Experiment (it’s only makeup!) till you find the right amount for you.
  • If you have a few extra fine lines around the eyes, (happy lines) start by gently stretching the skin flat then applying just a little bit of corrector/concealer down/away from your tear duct working outwards. With the remainder of your product on the brush lightly sweep over the area with the lines and pat gently with your ring finger to blend. Release your taught skin and voila, no makeup collecting in your lines.
  • The inner corner of the eye, on the side of the bridge of the nose is a GREAT place to add light. It wakes up your eyes and brightens your whole face.

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How to wear metallic makeup for Christmas & New Year

We all remember how popular glitter and metallic makeup has been over the decades and for the last 12 months its been back on trend and rocking the Runways, Hollywood and Social Media. Metallic makeup doesn’t have to be avant garde or for the brave or young, as long as you choose the right colours you can create a beautiful look for a night out.

Tips & Tricks for applying metallic makeup like a proGarnier 5 second blur primer

Use a primer. Metallic makeup, like glitter makeup, needs an even base so that it goes on smoothly. Before applying any makeup, but especially before applying eye makeup, use a primer to help prevent creases and increase longevity. I like to use Garnier 5 Second Blur Primer both in my makeup kit and personally. It has a lovely soft finish and doesn’t dry out the skin.

Pick tones & colours that flatter your complexion.  You shouldn’t be scared of wearing metallics as it is just like wearing jewellery. The rule of thumb is to wear a colour that suits your skin tone best however this rule isn’t set in stone and you can choose any shade you want to wear and add a contrast to your skin tone. Stick to darker shades for lighter skin tones and lighter shades for darker skin tones, however on photo shoots and younger clients I mix this up as the contrast can look very complementary and doesn’t wash you out as you might think. Barry M Cosmetics Deluxe Metals Eyeshadow Palette

The options are shades of silver, metal, bronze and gold. Alternatively you now have coloured metallics in every shade of the rainbow.

I love using all of my professional palettes and single pots of pigment however for a cheaper and easier to use option, I always suggest the palette which I keep in my makeup bag, The Barry M Cosmetics Deluxe Metals Eye shadow Palette.

Add a pop of metallic color to your lips. To add some shimmer to your lips, paint your lips with a metallic lipstick.

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Transform your non-metallic makeup into metallic makeup. If you don’t want to totally restock your makeup bag with products that you may only wear during the festive season, simply pick up a few loose metallic eye shadow pigments that you can layer and mix with any of your creamy lipsticks or eye shadows to instantly give a magically metallic makeup look.


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Bedtime Rituals for Beautiful Skin (2018)

Bedtime rituals for clean, healthy skin

You’ve just finished a busy day crammed with commuting, meetings, phone calls or running around after your family and making dinner and you’re practically falling asleep as you sit down to watch a bit of TV. Your night-time skin regimen is the furthest thing from your mind. But before you put your fully made-up face to bed, think about the consequences and instead try these simple lazy girl tips to waking up with smoother, softer skin.

 

Have makeup remover wipes handysimple-facial-wipes

You’re too tired to trek to the bathroom to wash your face, but sleeping in makeup is a huge skin no-no, even with mineral makeup. Not only does it rub off on your pillow (to stay there until you wash your sheets!), but it can also cause irritation and puffiness around the eyes or ‘the horror!’ cause your lashes to break. As most women clean their skin properly in the mornings, why not use a quick fix in the evening?

The lazy girl solution: Place a packet of makeup removing wipes at your bedside. Makeup removing cloths are generally good choices to remove makeup easily and quickly” I personally use Simple Kind to Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes but find the one that suits your skin by trying a few different brands (however you should always look for alcohol- and fragrance-free wipes).

If your skin is acne-prone, look for wipes containing salicylic acid. These help open up blocked pores while simultaneously removing makeup

You don’t wear makeup? You’ll still want to remove the day’s grime to keep pores unclogged.

Add Moisture

Garnier Vital Restore Night Cream

No matter what, beautiful skin needs hydration at night.  However if like me, you don’t like to wear a heavy night cream, you can go the light weight but effective route: Garnier Vital Restore Cream. It is marketed for mature skin however it is packed with orchid extract to stimulate cell vitality and Soy bioproteins that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. The cream also helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing whilst intensely moisturising to leave skin feeling revitalised and renewed. Whats not to love????

 

Don’t forget your lips!!!

Vaseline Lip Therapy

After moisturising your face, rub a small amount of moisturiser into your lips then slick Vaseline over the top to lock in the moisture for softer plumper lips come morning. Vaseline also comes in a variety of gorgeous flavours too!!!

Petroleum Jelly is inexpensive and non-allergenic so its ideal for the majority of skin types.

(Vaseline can also be used to remove really stubborn eye makeup. Just pop onto a cotton pad/ball and rub over the stubborn makeup).

 

Keep Hydrated

s-pellegrino

I know that we all love to go to bed with a warm drink, especially in the colder evenings however your skin will thank you for swapping your in bed cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate for a glass of water. Though drinking water hasn’t been proven to hydrate skin, it does help the body expel toxins and helps to reduce dark circles under your eyes – which is never a bad thing.

 

 

 

And last but not least…get a good night’s sleep

When we sleep, our metabolic rate lowers, so we don’t produce as many skin-damaging free radicals. Additionally, since we aren’t outside doing battle with the elements, our body can focus on repairing any damage incurred during the day. So get your beauty zzz’s – your skin will thank you!

Mixed race woman sleeping in bed

Remember, 5 mins of prepping your skin before bed will give you amazing results with little effort. As a lazy girl I keep most items on my bedside table and carry out my routine in bed whilst catching up on social media!!!

To watch Desi Perkins’ nighttime skincare routine on YouTube – Click Here

YouTube Desi Perkins Nighttime Routine

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How To Banish Those Dark Circles and look more awake

 

Updated 2018

So you have dark circles that are making you feel and look old, tired and unhealthy. Its a problem that many of us have and unfortunately there are many causes for them:

Dark circles and how to get rid of them

  • Hereditary
  • Allergies
  • Pigmentation
  • Rubbing your Eyes
  • Sun Damage

Another cause of dark circles is the natural ageing process. When you age, you tend to lose fat and collagen, and your skin often thins. This can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more prominent (healthline.com, 2018).

Below I’ll discuss some of the remedies to get rid of the pesky dark circles and in my next Blog post I’ll also give you some advice on how to use specific makeup to aid in covering them.


Remedies to eradicate Dark Circles

We all want to get rid of the dark circles so that we don’t have to bother with covering them with makeup in the morning. There are several ways that people report they’ve eliminated or reduced the appearance of dark circles under their eyes. Everybody is different, so some of these remedies might not work for you. None of them are expensive so give them a go….

Hydrate

Drinking your daily quota of water helps promote proper blood circulation around the eyes, which means no longer looking like a raccoon. Each person’s hydration levels are different (I drink approx. 2 litres of water a day, some people need less)

Avoid rubbing your eyesGarnier Micellar Water

The friction from rubbing your eyes can cause your skin to darken, so if you’re particularly aggressive with removing your eye makeup, this one change could make all the difference. Use micellar water to remove your makeup, as it is gentle and helps “melt” eye makeup with the least amount of scrubbing. I like to use Garnier Micellar Water Delicate Skin and Eyes and have this at home and also in my Makeup Kit.

Sleep

Lack of sleep, which we are all guilty of, can cause dark circles under your eyes. It can also make you look paler, which might make your dark circles appear darker. Make sure you’re getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

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When you sleep, try an extra pillow under your head to lessen the puffiness of fluid pooling in your lower eyelids.

Cold Compresses

Sometimes dilated blood vessels can darken the area under your eyes. A cold compress can cause the blood vessels to constrict, which may result in a lessening of the dark circles.

Cucumber – woman with cucmbers on her eyesFollowers of natural healing suggest chilling thick slices of cucumbers and then placing the chilled slices on the dark circles for about 10 minutes. Then rinse the area with water. Repeat this treatment daily.

Tea bags – Natural healers suggest soaking two teabags (use caffeinated tea) in warm water, squeezing them out and then chilling the bags in the fridge for an hour. Place a bag on each eye. After five minutes, remove the teabags and rinse the area with cold water. The tea bags can be used multiple times. Keep them fresh in a lunch bag in your fridge.


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Do You Have a Phobia of Lash Curlers?

Updated 2018

eyelash curler - woman using

One of the main beauty tools I use and the one which causes the most looks of horror when I approach clients with it in my hand is my eyelash curler! Upon first glance, an eyelash curler looks like something straight out of a medieval nightmare however if used the right way is a necessary makeup tool and completely painless.

Curling the eyelashes is one of those parts of a makeup application that never gets much credit but can produce remarkable results when done correctly. With a proper curl, lashes look longer, thicker, fuller, and the eyes themselves appear larger and more awake.  What more could you ask for???

Like most tools, there is a wide variety of different types, sizes and ways to use an eyelash curler. The standard eyelash curler is held with your thumb and middle finger for a more controlled experience. But there are also heated eyelash curlers that look like wands, and precision (half lash) eyelash curlers that help curl your lashes in small groups allowing for a more precise experience, or easier experience if you have smaller eyes.

How to use an Eyelash Curler

Every makeup artist has their own method of curling lashes, but here is my technique how to properly use eye lash curlers to curl lashes on a client or yourself – time-tested from years of experience.

Always start with clean lashes. Using a curler after applying mascara makes it easier to break or pull out lashes as they can stick to the curler itself.

With your eyes open or looking down at an angle, hold the curler the way you normally hold a pair of scissors and lift your eyelid slightly with your opposite hand. Place the curler at the base or root of your lashes. The flat part at the top of the curler should sit flush with your eyelid.

Once your curler is upright so that the curve faces out and is in place at the root of your lashes, check to see that you have all of the lashes inside the curler. Gently clamp the curler together in a soft pumping motion. Now turn the curler upwards so that the curve of the curler lines up with the curve of your eyelid’s crease. This is the pro secret. It will give you curl, rather than a crimp effect.

Eyelash Curler 1

Walk the curler up from the root of the lash all the way to the tip, pressing and gently pumping the eyelash with the same pressure, until you reach the end.

Open the eyelash curler and examine the perfect curl. Repeat if necessary to define your lashes before applying makeup. Then, of course, do the other eye!

Eyelash Curler 2

Top Tips

NEVER Heat up your lash curler. It heats up to quickly, making it too easy to burn your fragile skin and lashes. Ouch!

Remember to look at yourself in the mirror, so that you’re not blindly squeezing the curler.

Keep your eyelash curler clean. The one thing I harp on about to every one of my clients is the necessity to keep your eyelash curler clean. This isn’t just for hygiene. That black residue on your curling bumpers does not magically disappear. In fact, that gunk can build up, stick to your lashes and possibly pull them out completely.

Also, if you leave makeup/dirt on the bumper of your eyelash curler, the rubber gets hard and in effect turns your eyelash curler into a pair of scissors!!!  Every time you use your eyelash curler, wipe the bumper clean with a small amount of makeup remover or a baby wipe: this will ensure that you will have lovely curled lashes each time.

Experiment with different types of curlers until you find the one that is right for you. The right fit for you depends on your eye shape. Remember, don’t be scared of eyelash curlers. You are in charge at all times and if you don’t like it, you can stop!

My Favourite Eyelash Curlers

A lot of makeup artists have their favourite lash curlers, myself included. The Shu Uemura and Japonesque pro performance eyelash curlers are probably two of the most popular with professionals. I do love them but one of my current favourite eyelash curlers is the Tweezerman Super Curl Eyelash Curler, as I find that it does give an amazing curl and looks less scary for clients.  If you’re looking for a great cheaper option to use until you get to grips with using lash curlers, the W7 Groovy Curls Eyelash Curler is a great option and also comes in some gorgeous bright colours too.

For Weddings and eyelashes that need a bit more encouragement to curl such as Asian Lashes, I like to use Eyelure’s Heated Eyelash Curler for a curl that lasts all day and also feels lovely on your client’s eyes.

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