Tired-look­ing Eyes

Family Circle - - ON DUTY - By Da­ley Quinn

Don’t lose sleep over your dark cir­cles. Our tips and tricks for pre­vent­ing and cam­ou­flag­ing are real eye-open­ers.

Step 1: Pre­vent

Ex­pert: Erin Gilbert, MD, NYC der­ma­tol­o­gist • First things first, choose the right eye cream. If puffi­ness is your prob­lem, opt for a light­weight gel. If your skin is dry, choose an emol­lient cream for­mula. • Store in the fridge— the cool tem­per­a­ture of the cream de­creases puffi­ness. • Sleep on your back. This al­lows the fluid around your eyes to drain in­stead of ac­cu­mu­lat­ing un­der­neath, which causes swelling as well as dis­col­oration. • If you wake up with puffy eyes, try a jade roller. Gen­tly move the small end from in­ner cor­ner of eye out­ward to­ward tem­ples. Then place the large end on brows and roll out­ward. Fi­nally, roll large end up across fore­head, end­ing at hair­line. Each step in­creases lym­phatic drainage at key points. • Avoid eat­ing too much sugar, pro­cessed foods and salt and drink­ing too much al­co­hol. • If you need to brighten up quickly, place eye gel patches, like Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Lux­ury Life & Firm Hy­dra-gel Eye Patches (sephora.com, $75) un­der lower lash line for an in­stant boost.

Step 2: Cover

Ex­pert: Emily Kate Warren, L.a.-based makeup artist • Choose a con­cealer that matches your nat­u­ral skin tone or is even one shade darker. Steer clear of any­thing lighter or you’ll end up with white rings. • Don’t be in­tim­i­dated by color-cor­rect­ing con­ceal­ers—just fol­low the ba­sic art prin­ci­ple of choos­ing col­ors that are op­po­sites on the color wheel to “can­cel” each other out. A yel­low-toned cor­rec­tor works for pur­ple un­der­eye cir­cles; green-toned cor­rec­tor is ideal for red­ness. Blueish tones are less­ened by or­ange or peach. Try In­n­is­free Smart Draw­ing Color Cor­rec­tors (us.in­n­is­free .com, $14 each). Press onto skin and fol­low with con­cealer. • Creamy for­mu­las are the best op­tion for women who have wrin­kles around the eyes be­cause they won’t set­tle into creases. Warren loves May­belline New York Dream Bright­en­ing Creamy Con­cealer (may­belline.com, $8). • If the area un­der your eyes is re­ally puffy, avoid re­flec­tive or high­light­ing con­ceal­ers, since they will ac­cen­tu­ate the swelling. Keep it matte to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of a flat un­der­eye area. Wet ’n’ Wild Photo Fo­cus Con­cealer (wet­nwild­beauty.com, $4) has a matte fin­ish. • Ap­ply right: Gen­tly tap con­cealer into skin with fin­gers un­til fully blended. Avoid rub­bing so as not to pull on this del­i­cate area.

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