I have hereditary under eye circles, but you may also notice darkness under your eyes if you’re suffering from allergies, not getting enough sleep, or even if you’ve overslept. The darkness under the eyes is specifically caused by dilated blood vessels. So, what can you do?
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Step 1: First of all, you’ll need an effective eye cream. Look for eye creams with Vitamin C and/or Vitamin A. Vitamin C has skin lightening properties, brightening the under eye area. Vitamin A fades pigment and increases collagen production, which thickens skin and therefore makes it less transparent. Products formulated with retinol and caffeine are also ideal when trying to get rid of dark under eye circles.
Finding a product with all of the above ingredients is a tall order, so shop around. Try out some products formulated with as many of the above ingredients as possible and see what works best for you.
If you buy something, try it, and decide it’s not for you, return it! Most department stores and beauty stores have great return policies. Be sure to hang on to the original packaging and your receipt to lessen the chance that you’ll have issues making a return or exchange.
Step 2: Once you’ve applied the perfect eye cream for you, follow up with a color correcting concealer. A color correcting concealer is pretty self-explanatory, it will correct the color of your under eye area prepping it for makeup application.
For dark circles, use a pink/peach or yellow color correcting concealer. Both of these colors will combat dullness. Pink/peach is better for fair skin and yellow is better for olive skin tones. Having an olive skin tone, my current favorite color correcting concealer is the yellow shade in the e.l.f. Cosmetics Corrective Concealer palette (pictured above).
Step 3: The last step you’ll want to take to get rid of dark under eye circles is to conceal them. You’ll want a medium-to-full coverage concealer that is creamy, allowing it to glide on easily.
Use a concealer one shade later than your skin tone to not only conceal the undereye area but brighten it too!
What are your favorite undereye creams, correctors, and concealers? Please let me know in the comments below!
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