How to Treat & Conceal Under-Eye Circles

I’ve had a number of queries lately on the topic of dark under-eye circles – more pertinently – how to get rid of them!  Well, the bad news is that you can’t eradicate them completely, but the good news is that you can do a pretty good job of concealing them with make-up.

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What Causes Dark Circles?

Dark circles are caused by inflammation underneath the eye.  This inflammation casts a shadow underneath the eye, which results in the ‘dark circle’.  Inflammation can be caused by a number of things – heredity traits, illness, allergies, tiredness, dehydration, stress, smoking etc. so the first thing you should do when tackling under-eye circles is find the cause.  Once you know what it is, you can manage it going forward.

 

Remove inflammation:

There are a few ways of reducing the inflammation that causes dark circles.

  • Lifestyle changes: sleep (8 hours per night), water (8 glasses per day) and a good healthy diet will work wonders.
  • Stay out of the sun: Dark circles are often created and exacerbated by sun damage.  Always wear a minimum SPF15 when out in the sun.
  • Cold compress: I find that pressing cold teaspoons against the affected area for a minute or so works wonders.  Cucumber slices work a treat also.
  • Caffeine: And no, I don’t mean drinking coffee!  Eye-creams that contain caffeine are great at reducing dark circles.  Gentle pressing cold teabags against the affected area also helps.

 

Covering Dark Circles with Concealer:

  • Step 1: Using your fingertips or a concealer brush apply a small amount of peach/pink toned concealer over the dark circles (pink/peach conceals blue/purple).  Blend thoroughly; I use a MAC #224 small fluffy brush for this.
  • Step 2: Using your concealer brush again, cover with a yellow-toned concealer.  I take the yellow concealer right up to the  lower lash-line and down to the cheekbone.  Again, blend well with a fluffy brush.
  • Step 3: Once you are happy with the coverage, set the concealer with powder, using your small fluffy brush.

 

Caroline Recommends:

  • Light / day-to-day coverage: Catrice All-Round Concealer Palette contains 2 pink and 2 yellow shades (ignore the green one which is supposed to cover red pigmentation but isn’t very good to be honest) and is great value at €3.79.
  • Professional / flawless coverage: Bobbi Brown Corrector (peach/pink toned e.g. “Light Bisque”) and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (yellow toned e.g. “Sand”) are excellent.

 

Other Solutions:

  • Green tea ice cubes: Make ice-cubes out of concentrated green tea.  Wrap the green tea ice-cubes in a muslin cloth and dab the undereye area gently.  The caffeine in the green tea is an anti-inflammatory and so will reduce puffy areas.
  • Cold teaspoons: Store 2 teaspoon overnight in the fridge.  In  the morning, press the teaspoons gently against your undereye.  This will help to reduce swellling.

2 Responses to “How to Treat & Conceal Under-Eye Circles”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Where would I be able to find the Catrice All-Round Concealer Palette in London? Or online?

  2. Caroline says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Alas I’m not based in the UK so I don’t know where Catrice make-up products are stocked in London. However, I suggest that you fill in the enquiry form on their website, http://www.catrice.eu, with your postal code, and they will advice you by email of the closest agent to you.

    Alternatively, it’s always worth having a look on eBay.

    Hope this helps! Thanks for your query.

    Yours in style,
    Caroline


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