Dark circles under the eye area are a common concern for most women. ‘There are no blood valves in this part of the skin, so blood can accumulate and result in dark circles,’ explains the skin expert and facialist Sarah Chapman. ‘Dark circles can also be hereditary, but there's also a Chinese belief that the area is related to the kidneys, and that therefore drinking plenty of water can help.’
The quick fix:
The only way to effectively and instantly disguise dark circles is with a good concealer. ‘Keep it simple and don’t worry about redness correctors or blending multiple shades
,’ says the make-up artist Andrew Gallimore. Use one concealer, preferably one with a lightweight, buildable texture in a shade slightly lighter than your natural skin tone. Gallimore recommends Nars' Radiant Creamy Concealer. We also love Benefit’s Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer, and By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer.
The trick is to ‘work it into the hollow of your inner eye using a C-shape and take it as close to your lower lash line as possible,’ instructs Gallimore. Using your finger rather than a brush can warm up the formula and make it more malleable.
The long-term solution:
‘While eye surgery is one option, it should be a last resort,’ says Dr Jules Nabet. ‘A healthy lifestyle will help to make your eyes look their best; getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water will all help.’ Incorporating a lightweight SPF formula into your daily routine is also essential to protect the area – we love Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF 25, and Lancome UV Expert GN Shield SPF 50.
Clinique’s Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, has been championed as one of the best products for under-eye circles as it works to instantly conceal as well as strengthen the eye area over time to reduce further ageing.
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