They say our eyes are the windows to the soul! If that's the case some days my eyes tell a really sad, terrible story lol. And I know, I am not alone here! Who better to discuss puffy, tired eyes than a person who has dealt with them her whole life - ME. Whether you share the same struggle, combat them ever so often, or just can’t nail your concealer - this event is for you!! I will be covering eye PREP and CONCEALER TRICKS, along with product recommendations.
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Before we begin, let me just get this out of the way, practicing self care each and every day is truly the gift that keeps on giving! When you take care of your mind and body - it shows. Our skin is a tell-tale sign of what's going on in the inside. Many of my tips, products, and tools will achieve an immediate result, but nothing will make a lasting impression on your body and skin like your commitment to healthy eating, stress reduction, sufficient sleep, and exercise. Ok-ok mini lecture over!
MASSAGE & EYE MASK
This treatment is specifically for prepping the eye area before makeup when you have time, otherwise skip to the concealer! If you are interested in doing more before bed time, check out my blog Beauty Gadgets & Gizmos.
For instant results, prepping your eye area with a mask and massage will most certainly wake those eyes up! With any skin treatment you will start with a clean face. Apply any facial moisturizer/primer and eye cream that is already part of your routine prior to makeup. Depending on the amount of time you have to prep, you can choose one of the recommended treatments or both. If you are doing both, the 24K Gold Eye Mask will go on first, let it sit for 20-30 minutes. These eye masks are eye miracle workers! Once you remove the patches, then grab the T-Shaped Massager. There will be some moisture left behind that will allow the massager to glide over the eye area really well. You can also simply use your eye cream to glide the massager. The key is not pulling and stretching your skin in the process. Starting from the side of the nose, working your way outwards and upwards with the T-shaped massager.
Super important.....before you get started with concealer, ensure that any primers, moisturizers, and eye creams have absorbed into the skin. Tired eyes will look worse if the concealer begins to crack and flake. Which is also true for your entire face prior to adding makeup. Let the skincare products do their thang!
My first product recommendation, and comes directly before concealer, is the Tula Glow & Get It Brightening Eye Balm. This balm is great for dark circles and puffiness. My sister introduced this to me. It's actually a really great product and does what it says. If you would like to try another version of this product which has more sparkly pink in it here's the link . I would not recommend the sparkly pink version for someone who has puffy eyes - like me. The extra shimmer and glow will highlight the puffy area which is the exact opposite of what you want. But the pink toned balm will work great for circles.
Next up, grab your concealer! The key to strategically laid concealer is to not go in with a heavy hand. It's not only a waste of product, but much easier to add more product than to remove. You can use your ring finger or small dense concealer brush to dab the product in the corner area of your eyes, then the outside corner, and a small amount under your eye right above your cheek. . I have linked my favorite concealers; Maybeline Age Rewind, LA Pro, and iT Bye Bye (should be two shades lighter than your skin tone). Continue tapping the product in while blending out, avoid moving and sliding the product around. If you have circles - tap the concealer directly into those dark/shadow areas. This will hide shadows on the face to make your eyes appear brighter and more awake. Do not put a bright concealer directly on your puffy under eye area. Doing so, will only accentuate the puffiness versus concealing it.
***Another trick when applying concealer, is to take your setting spray and mix with your concealer prior to applying!
To set the concealer, I will use a pressed or loose powder that matches my concealer tone (which is two shades lighter than your skin tone). I suggest doing this instead of continuing to build more concealer cream in the eye area. Since the pressed powder offers coverage; the concealer paired with the powder does the trick. More cream layers increase the chance of it becoming cakey. One layer of cream and a layer of powder concealer will stay ALL DAY!
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