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Beauty Tips For Dark Eye Circles

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.

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Vitamin E

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!

Cucumber

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!

Concealer

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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Rose water

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.

Moisturise

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.

Correcting

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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October 16, 2014

5 Reasons You Need A Beauty Blender

Ever heard of a Beauty Blender before? These small, and often tear-shaped sponges are used to achieve a flawless foundation, and conceal problem areas without a hefty price-tag. Invented by Hollywood makeup artist Rea Ann Silva, the Beauty Blender will cut your time in half and leave your skin looking flawless every single time.

Clean

Rather than using your fingers to apply makeup, a Beauty Blender is a clean and sanitary way to create a natural makeup look. Simply wash the sponge with soapy water every time you use it, then remove all of the water and put out to dry. This will ensure that the sponge doesn’t contain any dry product for the next time you choose to use it. There is also a specialised cleanser available if you want to achieve a deep clean.

Flawless application

Beauty Blender’s ensure that makeup is applied evenly and flawlessly along the face. The trick is to soak the sponge in water first, and then ring some of the water out before using it. The soft, dense sponge is also rounded at one end to ensure that there are no harsh lines left on the face, and will buff makeup into the skin without any noticeable lines. At this stage, the sponge will expand to twice it’s size,  then simply dab the Beauty Blender onto your face to achieve a high or medium coverage look. The sponge is designed to be used when it’s damp – otherwise application won’t look natural and the foundation will just cling to dry patches on the skin.

Compact

Perfect to bring along if you’re travelling or living out of a suit case, and don’t have enough space for a variety of makeup brushes, the Beauty Blender is easy to pack and doesn’t require any additional products. Simply dry properly before packing away to avoid a wet suitcase.

Conceals everything

If you have sensitive skin, scarring, or embarrassing breakouts that you want to conceal with makeup, the Beauty Blender will help to achieve a high coverage finish. Every time you dab the sponge onto the skin, this will allow the foundation to buff smoothly into problem areas with a natural finish. The pointy end of the sponge is used to conceal tricky areas of the face, including small spots, around the eyes, and on the surface of the nose.

Use on other products

Did you know the Beauty Blender can also be used to apply other makeup products? Cream blush, highlight and illuminator can all be applied using the Beauty Blender, and will really limit the amount of brushes you require in your makeup kit. Simply smile and dab a small amount of product on the sponge, before buffing into the skin. The Beauty Blender is designed to limit the amount of product you put on your face, so it won’t leave your skin feeling over-clogged with unnecessary makeup after every application.

We recommend: Beauty Blender Single Sponge, $24.95

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July 29, 2014