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 (, 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….


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.


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.


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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How to Bronze Like a Pro!

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As you’re probably all aware by now, I’m a huge sunscreen advocate however that doesn’t mean that I don’t like a golden glow on my face, especially in the summer. To get a subtle glow without the sun damage I regularly turn to a bronzer; for both myself and my clients. Luckily, gone are the days when we just slapped some brownish-orange powder all over our face and called that ‘bronze’. What were we thinking??? Bronzer application techniques and products have improved massively over the years and so read on for the new way to apply bronzer for a truly natural look.


Find the right shade

The first step to perfect bronzer application is to choose the right color. Look for one that’s two to three shades warmer than your skin and is more golden-hued than brown or orange. Personally I prefer multi tonal bronzers such as Jane Iredale’s So-Bronze Bronzing Powders. You can bronze, contour and highlight with these light-diffusing, long-lasting powders and they come in 3 shades to suit everyone.

So Bronze 1 looks great on fair skin; So Bronze 2 works well on medium and olive skin tones and So Bronze 3 gives darker complexions a lit-from-within effect.

Go easy on the glitz

Makeup artists (including myself) agree that you don’t want an over-the-top glittery bronzer (no matter how old you are) but at the same time, “skin has an intrinsic brightness that you won’t get from a matte bronzer. For a balance I also use bronzers such as Jane Iredale’s Moonglow Bronzer which has a slight shimmer that boost radiance without looking overly sparkly or utterly drab.

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Pick a formula

In my years of experience I have found a powder bronzer is easier to control and blend, and it’s less likely to leave streaks. I usually dust a light layer of a neutral or translucent face powder on first so that the bronzer goes on smoothly and doesn’t deposit too much color. I always add a little then step back to have a look as you can always add more but it is very difficult to remove without spoiling the rest of your makeup.

Know where to glowwhere to apply bronzer

Bronzer isn’t meant to be used all over the face. As a rule of thumb, focus your application where the sunlight naturally hits your face; the apples of the cheeks, center of the forehead, centre of the chin and down the nose, the temples and jawline and finally on your collar bones. For a delicate more natural application, use a big, soft fluffy brush. (Original photo can be found at Pinterest)

I hope this encourages you to try bronzer again after we have steered clear of it for many years.

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Do You Have a Phobia of Lash Curlers?

Updated 2018

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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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How to wear metallic makeup without looking trashy


Metallic makeup doesn’t have to be avant garde or for the brave or young, if you wear the right colours it can be a beautiful look for a night out, especially for Christmas and New Year Parties.

We’ve been wearing metallic makeup for decades now and the trend has never disappeared. For a subtle look you can wear a cream based metallic eyeshadow such as Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow or MAC Cosmetic’s Pro Longwear Paint pot and blend it all over  your eyelid for a sheer metallic look.  or again for a subtle look use a metallic/frost shadow as a top coat which will allow your base colour to show through.

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For a much more dramatic look you can use products such as those above or Maybelline Colour Tattoo and either layer them up or use the darker or brighter colours for a more dramatic effect. To make the colour even more intense you can layer on a matching coloured eye pigment.

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

Applying metallic eyeshadows these days is very easy as the products are amazing.  You don’t just have to apply the metallic colour all over your eyelid, you can just add a pop of shimmer to the inner corner of your eyes to make them look open and awake, and alternatively you can just add a small amount to the centre of your eyelid to give them a sparkle.

If you wear the metallic as a smokey eye look, it’s a lovely effect when you add a hint of silver or gunmetal pigment to your black smokey eyelid  and then bring the metallic colour down under your lower lash line for a modern shimmery look.

Just remember to have fun with metallics and don’t be scared.  They suit everyone and you just need to find the colour and style to suit you.

For more examples of how to wear metallics or just to see the original images from above, visit my Pinterest Board – Here

Have fun and send me your pictures of your metallic eye makeup.

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