Dark circles--the two most dreaded words in any girl’s beauty book. Even though no one is exempted from them, the good news is that they are treatable. So, what produces these under eye disasters? The most common cause is fatigue or lack of sleep, while other factors like genetics, hormonal imbalance, and ageing play an important role too. Blue light from your laptop, phones and TV can also have a detrimental effect on your sleep patterns, which eventually leads to the discolouration under your eyes. So don’t be alarmed if your dark circles have become more prominent during this lockdown. We understand your plight to get rid of them ASAP, but most products, even natural methods, take time. That doesn’t mean you need to wear sunglasses every time you step out or have a surprise video call! With the right makeup products, you can camouflage your dark circles instantly.
If the main question that’s staying rent-free in your mind is ‘how to hide dark circles with makeup’ then you’re in luck! We’re going to show you exactly which products you need to even out your skin tone and look fresh AF the next time you have a zoom call. So, grab your makeup bag and take notes!
If you’re dealing with puffiness rather than dark circles, a little bit of ice will temporarily eliminate puffy eyes. A cold compress helps shrink and reduce puffiness. All you need to do is add a few ice cubes in a clean cloth and apply it under your eyes for 20 minutes.
A couple of years ago, using red lipstick to hide dark circles became a worldwide craze and now you know why. In the beauty world, colour correction is a technique used to hide skin pigmentation with the help of complementary colour. These colour correctors are lifesavers as they even out the skin tone by hiding anything, from dark circles to blemishes to skin redness. They even come in shades of green, yellow, orange, and coral tones to match every individual’s skin tone. When it comes to hiding dark circles on brown skin, an orange shade works best.
While using an orange colour corrector, don’t apply a thick layer as it will show under your foundation. A light application is good enough followed by foundation and concealer. Use a beauty blender or makeup sponge rather than a brush to pat the product into the skin. Once you're done, apply foundation across your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. This will help you get an even-looking complexion.
Concealers play an important part in hiding dark circles and picking the right shade is crucial. If you choose a colour that’s a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone, it may end up looking ashy and patchy so be sure to use a concealer that’s only one shade lighter than your complexion.
The easiest way to apply the concealer and get an even coverage is by creating an inverted triangle shape right below the eyes and blend well.
MyGlamm's Total Makeover 5-in-1 FF Cream is just what you need in your makeup bag. This travel-friendly product features a light, oil-free, 24-hour long-lasting cream-powder primer, concealer, foundation, compact with SPF 30 and two colour correctors. With this palette, you can even out your skin tone and conceal your bags, circles and blemishes.
For your concealer to last longer, set it with translucent powder. Load the Glow To Glamour Fixing Powder on your fluffy brush and gently press it under your eyes. This will add more coverage and help it last longer. You can go ahead and set the rest of your makeup as well by applying the translucent powder across your face for a seamless finish.
Using a highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes will immediately make them look more awake. This will also make the eyes pop and draw attention away from the dark circles. Try MyGlamm's POSE HD Highlighter which comes in two built-in shades--gold and copper pink. Using your eyeshadow brush, lightly dab the product on the inner corners, et voila!
While makeup can immediately hide the bags under your eyes, there are other solutions that can help get rid of or reduce the appearance of dark circles. You just need to add these to your daily beauty regimen, follow them religiously and have patience.
Teabags: Caffeinated teabags contain powerful antioxidants which can increase blood flow to your skin, reduce dark circles as well as slow down ageing. Keep the damp tea bag on your eyes for 20-30 minutes daily to reduce under-eye shadows.
Sunscreen: Wear sunscreen every day, even if you are just chilling at home. Sunscreen with SPF30 can protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays as well as blue light which is emitted from your electronic screens.
Get 8 hours of sleep: This one is a no brainer. Lack of sleep can cause dull skin and lead to a buildup fluid below the eye which results in puffiness. Adults should get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try avoiding caffeinated beverages at night, do not exercise before going to sleep and turn off your electronic devices one hour before going to bed.
But until your dark circles naturally get better--fake it till you make it!