Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Unlucky Girl's Guide to Concealing Dark Undereye Circles

It's no secret: If you've been following my blog for awhile you know that I hate my dark under-eye circles and have complained about them numerous times. When I wake up in the morning I look like the grim reaper. The proof is in the pudding - look at the above photo! Yikes, hey?! I made sure I didn't have the flash on in one photo so you could see what they honestly look like, in all their glory. I guess I can thank genetics for these dark circles, I've had them forever. It also doesn't help that I am allergic to my cat and deal with allergies all year round. (I haven't breathed through my nose properly in six years! Why I kept the cat is a whole other post.) And unfortunately, there's nothing I can do to make them disappear, I have to conceal them instead. So how do I do that so people aren't scared of me when I walk down the street? I use some great products that I thought I'd share with you.


Hylexin Serious Dark Circles Eye Cream by Bremenn Researh Labs - I bought this because it had the word SERIOUS on it and I SERIOUSLY thought it was going to make my circles disappear but sadly it didn't. However, my under-eye area used to look worse before I started using this eye cream (SERIOUSLY), if you can imagine that! So although it's definitely not a miracle cream, it works. A little bit.

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - I've been using this for months now and it's a great eye cream. I put it on after I use the Hylexin. This balm is super hydrating and moisturizes well, helping with the redness and puffiness from my allergies. ***You need to use a good eye cream before applying concealer so that the concealer won't crack and look cakey.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - I talked about it here. It's my favorite. I've tried Benefit's Bo-oing Industrial Strength Concealer, Cle de Peau, Time Balm, Benefit's Erase Paste and numerous other concealers but this works best for me. Invest in a concealer that works well for you.

Smashbox Halo Yellow Color Correcting Hydrating Powder - I wish I would have known about this sooner! It has kinda changed my life. You know how after a couple of hours you apply your concealer under your eyes, the area starts to look a little grey and the product starts to seep into your fine lines (if you have them) making them look more pronounced? Well this stuff prevents that from happening and sets your concealer so that it stays on all day, while reducing the redness and purple-ish colors underneath your eyes. You can also use this on your whole face. It's totally worth the price! This is what it looks like when you take off the cap:


You just turn it and the powder slowly oozes out. I use a concealer brush to dab and apply it.

 Much better, right?

So those are the products I use to help with my dark under-eye circles! I hope this helps some of you with your circles, if you're lucky unlucky enough to have them ; ).



16 comments:

Libby said...

Thank you so much for posting this and recommending some products!! this is becoming an increasingly annoying problem for me as i age!!! on the plus side you have great skin!! :)

Sue said...

wow! you did a great job :)

Melanie Liliana said...

This was such a great post! I too suffer from serious under eye circles.. genetics UGH! I've been using Benefit Boing Concealer and it works pretty good! I'm going to try this Smashbox powder because I have that exact problem of it not setting. I use Benefit It's Potent! eye cream and its def made a difference!

xo

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

fortunately i don't have to worry about that - but u did a great job babes!

Courtney Erin said...

Okay, I need to try all this stuff. I have pretty bad under eye circles and just hate them. And my current concealing routine does not come anywhere close to looking as good as yours.

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

Catita said...

great post Marie and what a courage to post your picture, I mean I would also do it but still its normal we all love to look our best. I 've learn a bit more now about applying my concealer, first I never use an eye cream and now I realize I should, I also love the smashbox product but I am not sure i can find it here, man I can wait to be living in Mtl again!!! Seriously!!! lol
xoxo
Catita

J. said...

Love it when you reccomend products! Thanks Marie!
Your dark circles are not as bad as you make them out to be!!!!!
Going to try that eye cream.
Thanks!
:) J.

karolinas-style.ca said...

fighting with the same problem :/ thanks for advice :)

Kisti Belle said...

This is a great post, I'll have to get some good eye cream to my concealer will last longer!

Closet Fashionista said...

I have really bad undereye circles too...but I am not nearly as good at concealing them... *sigh*
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

JennaStevie said...

Such a great post Marie!! I need to have some of these products in my life, definitely helps :)
xJennaD

Bri said...

Well you always mention those undereye circles but we never see them, a testament to how foolproof you've gotten your routine! I don't have under eye circles but we all have our issues for sure....

Rebecca Jane said...

As I started to read this I was going to suggest yellow concealer - it helps so much! I myself use Quo (it has a palette of other concealer colours that do other thigns too), but the one you've mentioned here looks worth a try too!

LINDA said...

Great post!
xoxo

Linda from www.moonon.com

Esther said...

You have skills, you concealed them so well!xx

Nic Nic said...

the concealer looks really good on you- natural yet full coverage!! I love Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer one :)

 
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