I faked sleep with makeup”

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty/Skin -

I have dark un­der-eye cir­cles. I’m not ex­ag­ger­at­ing. In my 20s I em­braced them, smudg­ing on liner and skip­ping con­cealer. One birth­day, I looked in the mir­ror and re­alised I no longer looked Goth chic. I looked bad. No won­der: I’m an in­som­niac, mi­graine suf­ferer, sin­gle mom with a full-time job and a nov­el­ist. I wake up at 3.30am most days to write, and al­though I’m skilled at pre­tend­ing to have it all to­gether, my hol­lowed-out eyes tell my true story. Il­lu­mi­nat­ing creams and cu­cum­ber masks failed. I needed an in­stant fix, so I turned to makeup artist An­drew So­tomayor. He mas­ter­fully cam­ou­flaged, blurred and bright­ened, and I got it – makeup is my an­swer. Here’s what I learnt.

1 Ap­ply a bright­en­ing primer

This cre­ates a lovely blur­ring ef­fect and con­ceals sal­low­ness.

2 Layer on con­cealer fol­lowed by foun­da­tion

Use a con­cealer a few shades lighter than your skin tone, fol­lowed by foun­da­tion that matches your com­plex­ion. “Pain­ters white­wash walls be­fore they add colour to erase im­per­fec­tions and give the ef­fect of light burst­ing from un­der­neath,” An­drew says. Same idea here. First, he tapped the paler colour un­der my eyes with the pad of his ring fin­ger. Then he tapped on the truer shade.

3 Ap­ply con­cealer in a large tri­an­gle shape

“Half moons look un­nat­u­ral!” he adds. He cov­ered my un­der-eye area from tear duct down the nose to the nos­tril, then back up to the outer cor­ner of my eye. He buffed with a con­cealer brush to blur fine

lines, then ap­plied translu­cent pow­der.

4 Brighten with a shadow that mim­ics your skin

For my golden-brown skin, An­drew used soft cop­per eye­shad­ows on my eye­lids. They seemed to make my eyes whiter, and added to my glow.

5 Skip high­lighters on lids

Or any­where within 2cm of your nose area. “The closer shim­mer is to un­der-eye cir­cles, the darker they’ll ap­pear in com­par­i­son,” says An­drew. “Shift the fo­cus away from dark cir­cles by ap­ply­ing high­lighter far out on the cheek­bone.”

6 Amp up your brows

Give your brows and lashes ex­tra at­ten­tion. To quote the mas­ter: “Full brows and curled lashes dis­tract the eye from your dark cir­cles.” – Tia Wil­liams

TRY L.O.V Con­fi­den­tial Cam­ou­flage Con­cealer Pal­ette R229.95

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