Post # 1
Okay, I’ve never been really into make up and I want to make sure that I look really nice for the wedding. I almost never ever use foundation or anything all over my face.
Now, I am Italian and I have HORRIBLE (I mean…HORRIBLE) dark eye circles that surround my entire eye. I also have bags under my eyes too. No matter how much I sleep, or don’t sleep. I am only 25 but I’ve had this every since I can remember. I’ve been said to have ‘frog eyes’.
I remember when I first was dating my Fiance after about a year, one of his family remembers asked him if I ate right/lived a healthy lifestyle because she always noticed my dark circles no matter what time of day.
People always think I’m sick and I am self-conscious of them and i dont want to have to worry about it the day of the wedding.
I’ve attached a photo of me with no make up on, and I will attach a picture of when I “tried” to cover it. I’ve noticed when I try and cover it, I feel like my face gets saggy, or that the dark circles end up looking more gray.. it’s weird…
Any words of advice? Products? Is it not working becuase I dont use a foundation after doing it?
The most I would like to spend is 30-40, and even better if it can be less than that!! 🙂
WITHOUT MAKE UP
WITH MAKE UP (notice the ‘gray’ baggy eyes)
Post # 3
I would go to maybe a counter like Clinique where they have TONS of products specialized for those issues. You need a color that’s going to counteract the dark/reddish/grey color under your eyes… I’ve been told before that green coverup does the trick for red spots (i.e. zits, healing zits, scars, etc.). Don’t go somewhere that just specializes in colors (i.e. Mac, Urban Decay, etc.).
Post # 4
well im black and ive always had racoon eyes, definitely learned overtime that a good concealer and foundation is needed for a good cover up. if i were you i would go to a makeup counter at the mall, sephora and mac stores are good at guiding you in the right direction for those problem areas as well.
are you just using foundation in that pic? you need a concealer too. i also use a powder, to keep things in place, so i wont have to retouch that area throughout the day.
Post # 5
@txbella: In the make up pic, I am just using a concealer, if i remember correctly..i may have used a tiiiiny bit of a pale colored powder right over the concealer but either way, it didnt do the job.
If I went to one of the counters, will they actually use the make up on me? or just try and pitch it without me getting to use it? Do I have to pay at all for them to try it on me?
Post # 6
I also have undereye circles, and this is what I do.
1. use an eye cream first to make sure the area is well hydrated and doesn’t appear cakey
2. use a brightening concealer to balance out the bluish/gray tones you are seeing
3. Apply a full-coverage foundation to blend and even it all out
Here are some concealers:
This is a little more than you wanted to spend, but products like this are also supposed to reduce dark circles, so you are not just covering them up . You can search for a less pricey version.
Hope that helped a little. Good luck!!!
Post # 7
@Ms. Blue: Thank you so much! What are some good product foundations I should try? I know some I have tried in the past have made me break out (even though I normally dont have sensitive skin…) perhaps it was because I was buying too cheap?
Post # 8
I have dark circles too so I’ll share what I do to “fix” them. Whenever I’m tan, my dark circles blend more with my skin color so try laying out in the sun if you can, if you don’t want the damage of the sun, airbrush tan’s work well too. There are two products that have helped me: 1. Preventin-AT Eye Cream Dark Circles (at CVS or drugstore.com) 2. Benefit Erase Paste (actually benefit has 2 or 3 types of concealers that are made for dark circles and they work wonderfully. (at sephora or Macy’s)
Post # 9
I have dark circles too (from a crazy schedule and not enough sleep).
I use Ole Henricksen Visual Truth Eye Cream (small tub, bright pink label) and it is amazing. I have been loyal to this product for three years and when I don’t use it or run out I am really surprised at the difference. I use it twice a day and you don’t need a lot. I purchase it from Sephora.
Post # 10
Yes, they will apply it and make sure that they really do the job. Go in with a clean face. Make sure that they apply the undereye stuff, and the face make-up so you can see what they look like together and how your overall coverage will be.
Post # 11
I use cheap foundation, I think its Loreal true match from the drug store. I just apply two very thin layers, using a makeup sponge, and my skin still looks natural, not like i am wearing a mask or anything. If you want to stick to the drugstore, I think Almay foundation is supposed to be good for sensitive skin. Or if you want to try a mineral foundation Bare Essentials (sold at sephora or dept stores) is really good for sensitive skin as well…
if you go to the counters or to sephora, they will definitely try the makeup on you. i think sephora is less of a “hard sell” if that’s what you are worried about it. maybe try to go to one of those places, because even if you don’t buy from them, you can see the colors they use on you so you know what to look for.
Post # 12
This hapens to me too. You need to apply Bobbi brown corrector. I wear peach and it works wonders. I apply my regular concealor on top and t looks great. You can get a grey cast if the color you are wearing is too light or too pink
Post # 13
It doesn’t look like you’re wearing a concealer with the right undertone because it should counteract the dark around your eyes and not make them look grayish. Definitely go into a department store, go during the week when they are not so busy and they will gladly help you choose the right product. Go to Nordstrom if possible because they carry MAC, Bobbi Brown and tons of other brands to choose from. Some of the stores have a ‘beauty stylist’ that doesn’t work for a specific brand, ask if they ahve that person and if not then just try the different counters. And don’t forget to ask for samples – I always do regarless if I buy something or not, because it may look good in the store but you want to make sure that you can use the product on your own and in different lighting.
Post # 14
Here are some tips I’ve picked up over the years:
1. Use a primer on your eyelids. Fron the non-makeup photo it looks like you have darker skin on the eyelid, as well as dark circles below, like me. Using a primer before I go over it with foundation or eyeshadow makes sure anything I put of my eyelids stays all day. I would recommend Urban Decay primer potion.
2. Use a yellow toned concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone on dark circles under the eye. One that is illuminating and/or has some shine to it will work best. Yellow toned concealers work best, as they counteract the purplish tone of circles best and are the least likely to make your under eye area look grey.
3. Keep under eye make-up MINIMAL or non-existent. Only using makeup above the lid draws attention up and away from dark circles. It also prevents makeup from smudging downwards and accentuating circles.
Before you go out and buy any expensive makeup, do a bit of research and check out http://www.makeupalley.com for peer reviews of makeup products, and http://www.temptalia.com for swatches. It will help you decide which products are less likely to be a waste of money, and what cheaper products are of comparable quality to more ones. Good luck!
Post # 15
Using a black/grey/blue colour eyeshadow is just going to bring out the black/blue circles under your eyes more. Switch to brown/gold/peach shades – basically you need to use warm colours instead of cool ones, so also use a warm peach blusher instead of a cool pink one.
Also you could try YSL touche eclat undereye concealer, which works wonders. Foundation first, then undereye concealer, then powder on top. If YSL is too expensive, the Body Shop does something similar.
Post # 16
A bit late but I felt the need to reply. I went to school for Cosmetology 🙂
For under-eye cirlces that are a purple-ish tone, you need to use a yellow corrector. If you find that the under-eye circles are more of a yellow-ish tone, you need a purple corrector. (Opposite colours of course). You can get correctors at drug stores, usually they come in a set with a yellow, green and purple corrector. (The green is to conceal redness). It corrects the improper skin colour and then you apply your foundation and powder over top.