Ban the Under-Eye Bags and Dark Circles
Renowned Philadelphia make-up artist, Béke Beau has the dos and don’ts on how to camouflage those dreaded, dark under-eye circles and puffy eye lids that many women wake up to each morning. Face the world with brighter eyes using Beau’s best tricks and tips:
- For puffiness under the eyes, don’t use a concealer that’s too light. The basic concept is that dark shades recede and light shades come to the front. Therefore, if you apply a light color on puffy areas, it makes them stand out more.
If you’re unable to distinguish between dark circles and puffiness, don’t forget that people rarely have both. Puffiness can be a chronic inherited condition as can darkness under the eyes.
Don’t use a mirror that only has overhead lighting when applying make-up. It gives the impression of dark circles that don’t actually exist.
- Fixing under-eye circles shouldn’t involve covering up the skin, but rather changing the color. Don’t use too much product. It creates creases and gives the impression that you’ve gone overboard with your make-up.
Don’t try to compensate for puffiness or dark circles by applying more eye shadow, eyeliner or mascara. If you apply too much eyeliner and dark eye make-up, it only causes those areas to appear darker.
Do choose a concealer shade that’s a bit darker than you would normally use.
- Good lighting for your make-up area is a must. Ideally, do look in a mirror with natural daylight coming through your window to get a realistic picture of how others see you.
Do make an appointment with a professional make-up artist. A consultation on how to correct dark under-eye circles will often reveal that a peachy or orange color is needed to correct the discoloration.
Do avoid excess alcohol, salt and oversleeping. Alcohol and salt lead to fluid retention. Oversleeping causes the additional fluids in your body to pool in your face, which can cause puffiness.
- If you have puffiness under the eyes and it’s hereditary and chronic, do consult a plastic surgeon to discuss an under eyelift.