I have terrible under-eye circles. It doesn’t matter how well rested or hydrated I am, they’re always with me. And after a long night or a long week at work, I start to look like I’m wearing a football player’s eye black. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks to help me cover my under-eye circles and look more awake.
Concealer. The biggest mistake women make with under-eye concealer is applying it only on the dark areas. I apply mine in a modified triangle shape. First, I apply Lancome’s Miracle Correcting Cushion Primer (any primer will do, I just like the hint of pink in this one for correcting the dark circles). Second, I use Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in neutralizer to draw my triangle, patting it into the skin with my fingertip. Finally, I set it all with Makeup Forever’s HD Pressed Powder.
Highlighter. This trick comes courtesy of Wayne Goss and The Cut, who made this handy two-minute video. Applying your highlighter/brightener along the very top of your cheekbone (not under the eye!) lifts the eye and the face. I also like to dab a bit in the hollow of my eye near the tear duct, and in a y-shape in between my brows.
Blush. When you’re trying to hide exhaustion, blush should be applied to the apples of your cheeks. Where are your apples? They’re here. For blush, I like something fairly bright like Bobbi Brown’s Nectar blush, a mix of pink and coral.
Eyelashes. Mascara is a must when you need a pick me up. Only apply it to your top lashes, and make sure to give them a curl. I am still loving Armani’s Eyes to Kill mascara. If you want something similar, I’m told Covergirl’s Clump Crusher mascara yields similar results.