Darkened crescents under your eyes can make you look tired and aged. This common problem sends many women to the cosmetics counter in search of an effective remedy. Below are a few tips that you can try on your own to diminish the bruise-like dark circles and help your eyes regain their youthful glow.
1. Apply a concealer over the dark circles that contains either a yellow pigment or a pink pigment. Yellow “cancels out” the purple, and once you apply foundation over it, you will not see the dark circles. There are several shades of yellow, ranging from a pale yellow to a tan color and some orange shades. Some people find that a darker salmon color works best, because it cancels out shades of purple and blue under-eye circles. Pink enhances the white color of your eyes, and enhances your skin’s glow. After applying foundation, use a small bit of pink eye shadow or light, frosty pink eyeliner under your regular eyeliner color.
2. Purchase an eye cream that is designed to reflect light and brighten your eyes. These eye creams have minute particles in them that reflect light and help detract from your dark circles. These creams do not improve your purple under eye circles over time, but they do offer an immediate improvement, which makes them popular.
3. Use a nightly eye cream that contains vitamin K. Vitamin K is used to reduce bruising, and it can reduce the amount of blood that rises to the surface of your under-eye area. This prevents or reduces the chances of the purple discoloration from happening in the first place. Look for cream formulations that have at least 5% vitamin K. Additionally, studies have shown that vitamin K works even better when used with retinol, so you may want to speak with your dermatologist about a retinol prescription.
4. Avoid eye makeup that has shades of purple, or you will make the problem even worse. Instead, use golden tones to brighten your eyes and counteract the purple.
5. If you have very stubborn dark under-eye circles, look for a white, creamy eye shadow that you can apply as a concealer underneath your regular foundation. Take care not to apply too much, because the result could look “cakey.” Additionally, too much white can make the area look puffy and unnatural, so use with caution.
If none of the above tips work for you, consider purchasing a cover-up makeup that is formulated to hide dark birth marks, such as “port wine” stains. Companies such as Dermablend make highly-pigmented concealer and make-ups in a variety of shades, and they tend to have much more coverage ability than typical concealers and foundations.
In an ideal world, you would get eight hours of sleep and wake up looking and feeling refreshed. In reality, however, you and many other women have incredibly busy lives and good sleep is not very easy to come by. Try some of the above remedies to see if they can make a difference for you. You might just be surprised at how refreshed you can look after something as simple as a few dabs of yellow concealer.