If like me, you, unfortunately, have dark purple to blue “circles” (more like a constant dark patch for me) under your eyes. Then this post is for you! Over the years I have tried gosh knows how many concealers, products etc to hide them and even some silly “trick” ways that include putting frozen tissue on your eyes…. But often they don’t work or barely cover. So, today I am writing a post on the products I have found to actually work.
Let’s start off with the basic concealer; I have tried numerous ones, including the blogger favourite Collection concealer in fair, I find this one, one of the better lower cost high street products by far, but the colours are limited. To rival the Collection concealer I have found the Revlon Colorstay concealer to match its capabilities with more colour matching options available too. The consistency and thickness are roughly the same, although sometimes if the Collection one became hot it would become less thick, and I found that I may have to apply 2 layers. At £4.99 or £7.99, I think you are better off spending the extra for the better colour match with the Revlon Colorstay. BUT there’s a new concealer in the shops which took the world of blogging’s attention for like a week or two, this is the product that I think is seriously underestimated… Seventeen Skin WOW! and when it says wow, I really bloody agree, wow! it can easily hide, brighten and highlight my under eyes in two clicks and one simple layer. At only £4.99 via the link above, I would seriously recommend adding this to your makeup bag, plus it also looks very similar to the YSL Touche Eclat, so if you are yet to own that highlight then this is a good insta prop dupe!
Next, I want to talk about products you can use in your skin care regime; I have tried Soap & Glory’s You won’t believe your eyes, tired eyes re-energising moisturiser, (wow that’s a mouth full to say!) the cooling metal balls are great! Just maybe a little difficult to get close to the inner corner of the eye if you have small eyes like me. I’d probably say this worked a 2 out of 10, it made my eyes feel more awake and refreshed with the cooling serum and rolling balls but merh. I personally highly recommend the Boots own brand Vitamin E gentle eye cream with SPF15. It’s got a light colour to it and works similar to a very light concealer whereas this sinks right into the skin softly and leaves your eyes looking a bit refreshed. I have found this product to never irritate my skin like others and it’s purse friendly too!
Now, I am going to ashamedly tell you about the tricks I have tried
and realised how stupid I was for trying. Yep, I wet a kitchen tissue, froze it overnight and put it on my under eyes for 5 minutes… Did it do anything, yeah bloody freeze me! I think it closed up the veins, which helped stop the discolouration from getting worse but as for the actual darkness, that was still there and my skin felt quite tight, which isn’t right as that’s the most delicate thin part of your face. I’ve also tried eye massages. Like this image I took from Pinterest – Link to the image – Did it do anything, no, well that’s unfair it didn’t in how quick I wanted this method to work, but it felt nice to give my face a massage once in a while.
Lastly, this is a product that some have a love for, while others hate it or are scared of using it. I was definitely the latter for some time! I use to own the Collection 2000 green concealer stick and used rarely on massive spots…. it didn’t do anything to cover or I got left with green on my face so I vowed not to use the stuff… Until I took a look at Makeup Revolution online, for some beauty bits I wanted for Christmas and I came across the Ultra Base Corrector. I don’t use this product every day, only for occasions or when I am doing Instagram/photographs. But it works great once learnt how to use correctly. Now even just looking on Pinterest you can see a vast majority of split opinions on what each colour combats, for example, a few say yellow combats red and others say combats blue to purplish tones. So who the heck do you listen too? I spent half hour in my room just testing them out, seeing which worked and found out a mix of a couple worked well to hide my dark eyes! I start with yellow, then add a little bit of peach or the nude depending on the darkness and how much makeup I am putting on top. Remember the more layers you put on the cakier it can look! I usually use a thin brush to put them on, leave them for a moment or two to settle then lightly dab in the product with a sponge.
There you have it, those are my tried and tested high street ways to combat my dark circles. I have yet to find anything that completely covers the darkness and gives me a fresh just woken up look..Sorry! But I have sorta come to terms with the fact I will constantly look like a semi-vampire with pale skin and dark eyes!
Good luck & do let me know if you find the perfect product!0