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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.