Ask just about any woman out there what her number one beauty woe is and you can bet something in the undereye area comes up. In fact we did ask on the MDC Facebook page, and now, per your request, we’re here to share our dark circle secrets. Because let’s face it, sometimes it takes more than a good night’s sleep to look bright-eyed and beautiful. With a little help from some powerful products our makeup master Tim Quinn, you can make your dark circles disappear.
Prime the canvas…
Thought eye cream was just for nighttime? Think again. You apply moisturizer to your face morning and night; your eyes deserve the same TLC. Quinn recommends using a light reflecting eye cream like one his favorites, Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Reviving Eye Compact, before applying concealer and color correctors.
Choose the right products…
When it comes to covering undereye circles, many women make the mistake of choosing a color that’s too light. Try to go no more than one shade lighter to avoid the reverse raccoon effect. And for color correctors Quinn finds, “fair complexions work best with pink toned correctors while medium to olive tones respond favorably to peach tones.” Both Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer are great concealer buys. Or pick a product that goes the extra mile to mask dark circles now and minimize them over time. Quinn loves the coverage of the makeup-skincare hybrid Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer.
Master the technique…
Another common mistake is applying concealer under the entire eye. In order for your makeup to look natural and the concealer to blend seamlessly into your skin, conceal only the dark areas. “Start by applying a small amount of corrector to the hollow of the eye, then make a few dots with the concealer and blend together,” says Quinn.
Always set your work in place with a dusting of translucent powder, like Dermablend Loose Setting Powder or Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder. And those dark circles will remain your little secret.
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