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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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