It happens – after a few too many late nights or a blow-out week eating unhealthy foods, our eyes are sporting a fetching shade of grey. However, the connotations of dark shadows that sit beneath the eyes go beyond tiredness and a bad diet.
Dark eye circles are seen as a sign of surging stress levels, poor nutrition, and complete exhaustion. It’s not a good look.
Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the look of dark eyes, as well as some sneaky ways to cover them up too. Keep reading to learn how to ditch the dark eye circles once and for all.
Switch up Your Diet
While there aren’t any quick fixes for combatting dark circles, an assessment of the diet is the first step in reducing that dull darkness.
If you’ve been eating unhealthily, you may notice your under eyes appear darker. By opting for a healthy and anti-inflammatory diet packed full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, you can expect visible improvements in the eye area.
Love a glass of Malbec during dinnertime? What about an after-supper espresso?
Unfortunately, these late-night treats may need to go too. Reducing the amount of red wine and caffeine you consume can help lessen the appearance of dark under-eye circles. While this may be tough at first, once your eyes are looking brighter and fresher, you may feel that it’s worth it.
Most of us know that a poor night’s sleep increases the likelihood of darker circles around the eyes. However, for whatever reason, it’s not always easy to get a full eight hours of sleep a night. Perhaps you have trouble sleeping, or maybe you’ve had a jam-packed schedule in recent times.
While a lack of sleep doesn’t directly cause dark circles, it does exaggerate the moody appearance of them. To avoid looking like a panda, try your best to snooze between seven to nine hours a night. If you can, sleeping on your back with your head elevated can also help reduce extra puffiness.
Don’t forget to switch to the night mode setting on your mobile device. This option reduces the blue light, which is known to affect our natural sleep cycle.
To avoid hyperpigmentation of the under eyes, wearing sunscreen daily is crucial. If you can, you should also try to avoid too much exposure to the sun too.
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it all the way to the lash line. You should also cover your eyes with sunglasses on bright sunny days too.
NeoStrata’s Sheer Physical Protection Tinted SPF 50 is a mattifying fluid sunscreen that protects and strengthens skin against the sun and other environmental aggressors while also offering the skin an attractive glow with its tint.
Invest in an Eye Cream
Dark undereye circles are a skincare issue that many of us face, so thankfully there are tons of lotions and potions on the market that are designed to tackle grey circles.
Look out for eye creams with buzzy ingredients such as caffeine, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and tripeptides. We love BABOR’s lifting eye cream. This exclusive formula features an instant lifting effect to help tone the skin around the eye area, while also preventing premature lines and increasing the elasticity of the skin.
Fake It with Makeup
As mentioned, there are no overnight tricks to instantly remove dark undereye bags. That’s why in the meantime, a little makeup trickery is much appreciated to cover up dark circles rapidly.
When it comes to choosing an undereye concealer, it’s all about color correction. Have a proper look at your undereye bags and understand the colors you’re hoping to conceal.
Many of us suffer from undereye bags with blueish and greyish undertones. In these cases, a warm and peachy concealer hue is required to counteract such colors.
If you observe more pinky or red tones, you’ll need to opt for a concealer with a more yellow base to neutralize your eyes. And when it comes to application, be gentle with your skin and apply lightly.
While it may be tempting to slather on as much concealer as possible, using a delicate and thin veil of concealer in the appropriate tone will work a lot better than applying coat overcoat.
A versatile concealer that works for many skin tones is Revision’s Teamine Concealer in medium. The product works to conceal under-eye imperfections such as the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, puffiness, and wrinkles.
Finish your look with a setting powder that helps keep your eyes concealed all day long without persistent touch-ups. We suggest using a beauty blender as the shape fits the contours of the eyes easily.
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