Got Dark Circles? I have answers…

First off…what can cause them? There are several reasons that aren’t connected to an underlying illness or disease. These include…

  • exhaustion,
  • lack of sleep,
  • allergies,
  • eye rubbing,
  • sun exposure,
  • stress
  • sometimes your makeup could be irritating your skin
  • our veins and blood vessels can give us a blue tint to our under-eye area

The skin under your eye is one of the thinest skin on our entire body and an area that we might ignore in our skincare routine. I mean let’s be honest we usually concentrate on those areas with fine lines and wrinkles.

Never fear my friend…

The answer to this problem {like many a problem in life} can be found in the makeup aisle…

Color Corrector

Listen up girls, color correctors are not the same thing as concealers. You definitely need a good concealer but you have to “correct” the color imperfections first before you can conceal.

It’s true that you can use concealer on your under-eye area, and even on your dark circles. For a while it might even look as though you have “hidden” them, but they will eventually “reappear.” This is why a color corrector is necessary…then you can add your fav concealer.

How to use a color corrector

color corrector |cancelling unwanted colors on our skin

The first step is to find a shade that works with your skin tone AND the color of your dark circles or imperfection you want to cover up.

This works by using a color corrector that is opposite on the color wheel from your dark circle….for example if you experience a lot of redness you would use a green color corrector.

Sometimes though it isn’t that simple, you have to think about a few factors that can influence which color you use….and you may even have to use more than one color.

There are SIX basic color correcting tones you can work with

  1. pale pink {blue tones on fair skin tones}
  2. peach { blue\purple on medium skin tones}
  3. orangy pink {dark spots on dark skin tones}
  4. yellow {purple or dark toned shadows on olive or tan skin}
  5. green {neutralizes redness}
  6. lavender {cancels our yellow tones}

You notice the pattern…

  • if you have fair skin and your under-eye circles are blue tones then you will choose a pale pink color corrector.
  • if you have dark skin but also have dark spots like from sun damage then you will chose an orangy pink color corrector

Your skin tone or color AND the color of the imperfection (ie: dark circle or sunspot or redness) will determine which color Color Corrector you choose.

The Second Step (or maybe not) apply your foundation first. This makes the chance of using too much color corrector less likely. This isn’t like the time you decided to go from a red bedroom to a white one and had to apply a LOT of paint to cover it up. Nope, this is not like that. This is about blending softly to blur out the unwanted colors.

OR

maybe you would prefer to add this before you apply foundation, and sometimes I just use color corrector and concealer without ever putting on foundation.

This is really a personal preference. Just try it and see which you like. There is not right or wrong answer here.

The Third Step after you have chosen the correct color is to dab that color onto the area you want to “fix”…for the purposes of this post your under-eye.

Don’t worry this is a trial and error process and one you might need a few “trials” to get right. Take on the motto of “if at first you don’t succeed try again.”

If you have never used a color corrector before it’s kind neat to see. For myself, I use a “green” one on the redness I frequently get around my nose. No, I don’t look “green” instead of seeing the color of the corrector or the color that you are wanting to cover up…they both, kind of, disappear.

It’s like they blend in together to become invisible and all you see is a beautiful skin tone.

I’m thinking some of you might be intimidated by this idea of a color corrector…

or maybe you just wanted a cream to help get rid of them and never fear there are some of those. Honestly, though the BEST thing to do is a combination of both, creams and color corrector.

creams + serums + color corrector = flawless complexion.

Here are Some Color Correctors for You

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This E.L.F. Corrective Concealer Erase & Conceal is a budget friendly option to get you used to using color correctors if you haven’t ever used them before.

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This one from NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Concealer Palette is a FAVORITE due to it’s coverage and pigmentation it is

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This E.L.F. Color Correcting Stick allows you to target specific color needs. It comes in green, dark and light.

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This L’ORÉAl Total Cover Color Correcting Kit is another one that provide you with multiple choices. It is a favorite because it blends easily

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This Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector is one I am excited to try. I will definitely hunt this one down. There are SEVEN colors available {deep beige, fair, green, ivory, light beige, medium beige, white} it’s a budget friendly option if you are looking to target specific areas.

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This E.L.F. Tone Correcting Powder this one is a different option from the rest on my list because it is a powder. This one is easily bendable, doesn’t leave you too matte.

Brightening Creams and Serums

Recently I reviewed two great products for this you can go HERE and HERE to read those but I wanted to go a step further to list some skin care ingredients that are helpful in getting rid of or helping mask those pesky under-eye circles. You may already be using products containing them and didn’t have any idea they could help with your under-eye circles.

1.} Retinoids

Retinoids can help stimulate collagen production this results in firmer skin. Which in turn makes our skin less thin and will thus help improve dark circles.

As I mentioned earlier, the skin under our eyes is quiet thin but I failed to mention that because of that it is also where we see the most damage.

Retinol also has the added benefit of being a brightening agent. It is made with hyaluronic acid which also aids in

This is my favorite retinoid for under-eyes

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RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

2.} Vitamin C

Again, like retinol {you might be sensing a theme here} vitamin C is helpful with your dark circles because it helps strengthen the skin under our eyes. It builds collagen and makes the skin more resilient.

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant {protects the skin agains environmental stressors that can cause harm} further keeping the under eye area healthy and strong.

It will keep the enzyme tyrosinase for producing melanin which will lighten up our problem areas.

3.} Hyaluronic Acid

Girls, you know that I lecture you ALL THE TIME. on staying moisturized. This is so important. It’s one of the most important things you can do to keep your face free of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you have been following me for any length of time then you know my intense LOVE for this stuff. It’s an awesome ingredient for ALL SKIN TYPES.

It is a clear gooey substance that naturally occurs in our skin, connective tissues and our eyes but decreases with age. It holds water, like an insane amount of water…each molecule holds about 1,000 times its weight in water. It will help our skin hold water and prevents any moisture we have from evaporating.

Hyaluronic Acid can also help control redness

equate Hyaluronic Acid Serum “say hello to hydrated skin” Go HERE to read my post on this one!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel go HERE to read my post

4.} Use a Sunscreen

PLEASE, girls, please use sunscreen! The best way to fight sun damage is to avoid it all together.

15.} Stay Hydrated

Girls, y’all know how much I lecture you girls on this. When our bodies become dehydrated, from a lack of water intake, they will in turn retain as much water as it can find. This will cause puffiness and under-eye-bags.

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