How to ban­ish dark cir­cles

Paddy McGur­gan is one of NI’s best-known beauty ex­perts and over the com­ing weeks he’ll tell you all you need to know about the lat­est make-up tech­niques

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY & FITNESS -

It’s the eye-catch­ing ef­fect ev­ery women wants to be rid of, but we are all at risk of de­vel­op­ing dark cir­cles un­der the eyes. Whether it’s due to your skin’s nat­u­ral pig­men­ta­tion, stress, tired­ness, de­hy­dra­tion, nat­u­ral signs of age­ing or free rad­i­cals from the en­vi­ron­ment — dark cir­cles can make the face ap­pear tired and hag­gard. How­ever, a colour cor­rec­tor will be your best friend in the bat­tle against bags. Just fol­low my go-to guide for a fresh take on sparkling eyes.

See­ing red

Red­ness and bro­ken cap­il­lar­ies are the most com­mon causes of un­der eye shad­ows. To neu­tralise the red tones un­der­neath the eye, use spar­ingly a lit­tle green con­cealer. This will wash out the pig­men­ta­tion and give you a clear base to work with. How­ever, be warned, only use green con­cealer in a small amount. When it comes to con­cealer, less is al­ways more. Be­ing too heavy handed will leave you more Shrek and less Kim Kar­dashian. Make up Stu­dio Green Con­cealer, £10.95, is a cream-based prod­uct, best ap­plied with a small beauty blender or a fluffy brush. Lightly buff over pig­men­ta­tion.

Feel­ing blue

Dark, dull blue veins can man­i­fest as blue/pur­ple cir­cles which are caused by veins stand­ing out and be­com­ing vis­i­ble through the skin. So two things are con­tribut­ing to blue cir­cles; en­larged veins and thin un­der-eye skin. By Terry Touche Veloutee, £38.50 , is a high­light­ing con­cealer brush that dis­guises dark cir­cles and pro­vides ex­cep­tion­ally nat­u­ral cover for blem­ishes, wrin­kles and fine lines. This multi-task­ing won­der will ban­ish dark cir­cles, cam­ou­flage blem­ishes and con­ceal fine lines and wrin­kles.

Cast­ing shade

Dull, dark un­der eyes is an­other form of dis­coloura­tion. And NYX Pro­fes­sional Makeup 3C Pal­ette (con­ceal, cor­rect, con­tour), £10.50, is per­fect for any­one with an olive or medium skin tone and will colour cor­rect dark­ness and blue dark cir­cles. This well­priced pal­ette has a yel­low cream con­cealer which is amaz­ing for the del­i­cate eye area as it nour­ishes un­der the skin. Again, though, ap­ply in small amounts as a thick ap­pli­ca­tion of cream can add a caked wet fin­ish un­der the eye. Use a clean fluffy eye shadow brush if you are anx­ious about the prod­uct ap­pli­ca­tion and this will add cover­age in and equally blended amount while not sit­ting in any lines.

Bright idea

Dark cir­cles and dark spots is a com­mon is­sue on tan to dark skin. Or­ange is best for this as it di­lutes and cor­rects dark cir­cles for a smoother and more even skin tone for your foun­da­tion. NYX Pro­fes­sional Makeup Con­cealer Jar, Or­ange, £6, is a full cover­age con­cealer which hides the vil­lans of dark cir­cles and blem­ishes with a vengeance. Mean­while, to brighten dull­ness and hide dark cir­cles on medium skin try MUA Pro Base Prime & Con­ceal Cor­rect­ing Cream, Li­lac, £2. The soft and blend- able li­lac tone il­lu­mi­nates but can also be ap­plied to ar­eas to mute yel­low un­der­tones. It has a light­weight tex­ture so blends beau­ti­fully un­der the eye for a quick colour cor­rec­tion tech­nique.

Per­fectly pale

For those with cool tones un­der the eye and a nat­u­rally fair com­plex­ion opt for blue and pur­ple tones. Pale skinned beau­ties should choose a light peach tone un­der the eye to en­sure the skin not only

neu­tralises but blends evenly. Sleek MakeUp Lu­mi­naire High­light­ing Con­cealer, £6.99, is a dual-use prod­uct with a mois­tur­is­ing for­mu­la­tion that con­ceals dark cir­cles, blem­ishes and fades im­per­fec­tions, whilst bring­ing ra­di­ance to your com­plex­ion. And there’s a brush for ease of ap­pli­ca­tion.

FLAW­LESS FIN­ISH: Kim Kar­dashian

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