Whether they come with age, are passed down by your mother, or even come from a late night out, dark circles are always a nuisance to deal with. Before you know it, you’ll catch yourself violently searching through your makeup bag for a quick and easy way to cover them up, or even magically diminish them overnight.
Regardless of the way you choose to conceal your dark circles, below are just a few ideas which are worth a try.
Banish dark circles with a generous dose of Vitamin E before heading to bed. Not only will this soothe the area completely, but will also leave your eyes feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Vitamin E is perfect for the entire face, since it works wonders at improving skin tone, hydrating dry patches, and best of all – it works while you sleep!
Cucumbers are super-hydrating since they’re made up of mostly water, and even professionals still resort to this remedy to cure dark circles. The cucumber actually works as an astringent, and will lighten the dark circles over time. Simply chop into thin layers, and apply over your eyes for 10-20 minutes. The longer, the better!
Needless to say, there is actually a concealer that will hide your dark circles without breaking the bank. Look for products which are packed with vitamins and minerals, since they are the best for your skin and won’t clog your pores.
Apply the product with your fingers around the inside of the eye, and down towards the cheek. Instead of doting the product on, fan it out under your eyes and make sure to pat it into the skin. This will ensure a flawless application, and won’t leave your concealer from sagging, or settling into those fine lines around your eyes.
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Did you know that rose water is an ingredient which features prominently in most skincare products? It mostly serves the same purpose as a cucumber treatment – which soothes the dark circles and makes them less visible. The anti-inflammatory properties in rose water make it the perfect solution to puffy or swollen eyes due to a late night out.
This may not be a quick-fix solution for dark circles, but it does help if they are hereditary. The best way to prep your skin is by keeping it moisturised, since this will avoid any dry patches from emerging on the skin. Then simply prime your skin according to its ideal type – oil, dry or combination.
If you suffer from extremely dark circles, the best way to tackle this is by correcting the skin. Use a correcting pen or paint-pot and lightly dab the product away from the nose. You can also use a small concealer brush, but your fingers are ideal since the natural oils will help to create a flawless base.
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