Friday, January 11, 2013

Banishing Dark Circles!

Okay, we all know that sleep is SUPER important for a flawless complexion and is also the secret to fighting off those pesky dark circles.

But, if you're a night owl like me (and you often find yourself staying up late) or you're in school pulling an all nighter, here are some tips to fake that "wide-awake" look.

Invest in a tone corrector.
PhotoA tone corrector palette (or even some concealer palettes) usually comes with these four colors - pink, yellow, green, and blue. It's used to contrast the colors existing on your face already.

Quick art lesson - Color theory:
Green is the opposite of Red (counteracts redness). Orange is the opposite of Blue (counteracts dark circles). Yellow is the opposite of Purple (also counteracts dark circles).

For my dark circles I mixed the pink and yellow colors to make a "light orange" or "skin-like color" and applied this prior to applying my concealer.

The one I use is from e.l.f (eyes. lips. face.) and it only cost me $3! I picked this one up at my local Target, but you can purchase it from their website as well or any other beauty stores that carry e.l.f. products.

Invest in a good concealer targeting dark circles.
300 (1) It's important to purchase a concealer that is meant for dark circles/under-eye area because they usually have added properties in them that are meant for that delicate area.

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This way, it's not just covering up, but helping the area as well. You'll start to see less noticeable dark circles with frequent use. You don't have to break your bank account either because the drug store brands have improved tremendously throughout the years.

I've used both the Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser and the Garnier Dark Circle Roller. I highly recommend both products because they work equally as well. Whichever one you end up choosing depends on your brand preference. The Maybelline one is less expensive and it also comes in more shades. The Garnier one comes in a fair/light shade and a medium/deep shade. Both have added properties to help awaken the under eye area.

I use these concealers everyday (interchanging between the two) and I use the tone corrector for those days where I barely got sleep the night before. See which one works for you - but remember to get SLEEP!

How do you get rid of your dark circles? Is there one brand you prefer over the other?

Good luck & Stay Maganda! <3
-K