• Sarah Shirley

Concealing Bags And Undereye Circles


I haven't slept in months...

So you were up partying late last night. Or maybe you're a new mom and sleep is a distant, foggy memory. Perhaps great grandma Franny gifted you her under eye bags once you became 'a woman of a certain age'. Either way, they're no fun. Would you like to learn how to cover them up? If so, then you've come to the right place.

Lets start with bags under the eyes.


As we age, the tissue around our eyes weaken and the fat that was once in our eyes to support them, starts to move into the lower eye. If you are prone to swelling, fluid can retain in the under eye too. What can we do about it? Well, apart from cosmetic procedures, you can put a cold spoon or cold teabags on your eyes to help drain fluids away, use an eye cream that contains caffeine (it is a diuretic as us coffee drinkers know) and yes, the age old trick of using Preparation H under the eyes does work!


As for choosing a concealer for puffy eyes, stick to one that is the same colour as your foundation, or perhaps, half a shade darker and try to apply it to the puffiest part. If you recall art class, dark colours recede. Isn't that why we wear black? To look smaller? So, in theory, the slightly darker shade would help push back the puffiness. If you went a shade lighter, it would make them appear puffier than they are. And who wants that, right?


Now, for dark circles, this is a bit tricky. Most are hereditary. The skin around the eye is thin and fragile and those circles we see are actually blood vessels. Of course being dehydrated, tired or certain medical conditions can exacerbate this. So, for circles, we need to look at what colour they are.


If you have a bluish cast to those circles, look for a concealer that is a bit on the peachy side. If they are bluish-purple, look for a yellow based one and if your circles are brown, try one on the pink, mauve or peach side. You may have to experiment with several to find the right one for you.


Once you found your colour, dab it on the darkest part of the circle and tap it on the skin. Once it's on, follow up with any foundation you might wear, however, when applying your foundation, be sure to pat it on over top of that corrective concealer, . You don't want to rub away all that hard work you just did. Then follow up with a touch of powder to help set it.


I hope that helps everyone out. It takes practice like everything else, but once you nail it, you'll be feeling super fine!


Do you have a favorite concealer that you swear by? If so, let me know what it is in the comments below.




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