Hey you! Yeah you! Did you wake up this morning, look in the mirror, and think, "great, it looks like I was punched in the eyes." Lucky for you, I am here to help! Keep reading to see my step-by-step process on how to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes!
1) If you wake up with dark circles and puffy eyes every morning, try out this night-time ritual. Place two clean metal spoons in your freezer every night and when you wake up, hold the cold spoons to your eyes. This will help to minimize puffiness, which is the first step to making yourself look like you weren't out until 2am partying the night before.
2) To take it a step further, invest in a brightening, anti-puffiness eye serum. Below I have linked two products that will work perfectly! To top it off, you can actually combine steps one and two by placing your eye serum in the fridge overnight. OOOOOOH. AAAAHHHH. The two serums I have linked below actually have stainless steel applicators, so you can kill two birds with one stone by cooling the eye serum. Some eye serums also have brightening qualities, which is always a plus.
3) Now that we've covered skin care, it's time to cover up those dark circles with a few simple tricks. First, apply your favorite primer and foundation, but keep it light around the eyes. You don't want too much product to build up around your eyes, but it's important to apply foundation first, as a base.
4) To color correct your dark circles, you want to keep the color wheel in mind. Having dark circles means that you have bluish-purple tones under your eyes. To correct bluish-purple tones, we need to apply the opposite color, yellow-orange (or salmon). Covering your dark circles with a yellow, orange, or salmon concealer will counter the colors and also brighten the under-eye area.
5) Here are some products you can use to color correct dark circles:
After you've applied your foundation, place a small amount of any one of these color correctors directly under your eye, covering any dark tones you see. You can then blend out the color corrector with a beauty sponge or brush. When you're blending, be sure to tap and not wipe. Tapping the product will keep it where you want it, whereas wiping will wipe it away and defeat the purpose.
6) Now, you can move on to the rest of your routine. Personally, I like to apply my cream contour, blend, and then apply my concealer/cream highlighter! You can definitely apply a concealer on top of the color corrector. I actually highly recommend this, as it will help to brighten up the under eye even more.
7) Before you leave the house, PLEASE make sure you set your under eye with a very fine powder. I highly, highly recommend RCMA's No Color Powder, as it will not alter any of the colors you've already applied and it is very thin, so you will not experience any product buildup.
And that's it! See how easy it is?! I think color correcting dark circles is one of those things that everyone is kind of scared of, but really, it is one of the easiest things to do and it can 100% improve your look! Good luck with your color correcting adventures and check back every Sunday for a new blog post!