I have had bags under my eyes my entire life. At primary school my teachers often commented on my health, asking if I was okay. I remember one time I was able to get sent home after a small sneezing fit. I was totally fine of course, but I didn’t look too healthy. I have come to terms with my bags to an extent, but I will always add some kind of filter onto my photos or wear sunglasses to hide them. I guess in all honesty I haven’t come to terms with them at all, I just know how to hide them better.
Puffy Eye Busters
For the past year I’ve tried a few creams that have promised amazing results in curing dark circles and so far not one of them have worked. The most recent products I’ve tried are the Puffy Eye Attack from Soap and Glory and the Balance Me Under Eye Cream. I am a huge fan of Soap and Glory but the Puffy Eye Attack hasn’t helped one bit. The Balance Me Under Eye cream doesn’t seem to be helping either, but I’ve only been using it for two weeks so I’ll give it a bit more time. What I can say for the Balance Me is that it does feel gorgeous going on, the skin is left soft and smooth so perhaps it does work on those fine lines (I don’t have too many yet, don’t ask me how I’ve managed that!). Basically, I don’t think there is a cure if you have dark circles as a result of your gene pool.
Hiding the Truth
As products don’t seem to work I have perfected a few techniques on how to hide the circles and to brighten up my eye area so I don’t look quite as withdrawn.
- Apply an eye cream before moisturising my skin with Delarom AquaConfort Cream. This moisturiser is incredible! It’s expensive but absolutely worth it in my humble opinion, especially as a little goes a long way. The aloe vera in the cream is so soothing on the skin and it’s been a life saver during this heat wave. My skin is incredibly dry at the best of times but when the weather is hot and humid it becomes sensitive and red mainly over the cheeks. The redness only serves to accentuate the darker circles above making them more prominent. The Aquaconfort cream is cooling, it smells fresh and it creates an excellent make up base, it’s also suitable for all skin types so anyone can benefit. This is a serious moisturiser, which helps to create a soft under eye area that is perfect if you have an uneven skin texture like I do and works to calm down the skin and provide much needed hydration.
- Add a highlighter (currently using the So Susan Contouring Quad) with my fingertips, just underneath the dark circles and blending up towards the lower lashes. It’s a bit dry but the effect is good. My next purchase is going to be a liquid base highlighter to see how I get on with that.
- Using a Beautyblender I apply a slim layer of foundation (currently using No7 Essential Natural in Calico). The beautyblender allows me to stipple on the foundation, blending it in with the highlighter without dragging the skin. The application is smooth even with my dry skin so there are no dry skin flakes in the foundation – a problem that I’ve only just been able to overcome.
- Apply a line of the Pixi Eye Bright Liner to the water line. At first I thought the application of the nude coloured liner was ineffective, until I had finished both eyes and I stood and looked in the mirror full on. The brightening effect reduces the appearance of tiredness and helps to lift the whole eye area. It’s a godsend and I highly recommend it to all those night owls out there that go to work on a rubbish night’s sleep. It’s basically a concealer for your waterline, much more natural looking than those white eyeliner pencils that can make you look like a bit of a freak, or ill! So if you want to stay up and finish just one more chapter you can, because the following morning you’ll look as fresh as a daisy.
- The final step is to apply a small amount of a light coloured eye shadow under the lower lashes and the corner of the eye socket before continuing my usual make-up routine.
How do you fight off your dark circles? Do you have any secret products or recommendations to share?