They're the tell-tale signs of lack of sleep (or a serious hangover): those hazy, purplish clouds underneath your eyes. That's right, dark circles. We all know them, and most of us get them from time to time (unless you were born with permanent deep-set eyes), not to mention, they're a pain to get rid of. When we wake up and face the dark circles, most of us look to makeup to cover them up.
But often times, makeup can make things worse – especially when you try a little too hard to cover up. So, to help you avoid dark circles (and a face full of makeup) in the future, Get The Look is breaking dark circles down piece-by-piece, from how they occur to how to get rid of them – or at least cover them up properly!
HOW DO DARK CIRCLES HAPPEN?
Dark circles are most commonly a result of not getting enough sleep. If you're noticing discolouration that coincides with allergy season, don't worry because allergies are another big cause, because you can have itching and rubbing, which can lead to dark circles. Believe it or not, genetics can also be a key contributor to dark circles, and if your family tends to get chronic dark circles, there's a good chance you have them as well. Unfortunately, genetic dark circles aren't exactly avoidable, but there are some things you can do to make them less prominent.
Dehydration can exacerbate the appearance of dark circles, especially when it's the result of alcohol or salty food. So the good news is that the fix can be fairly simple: drinking water.
HOW TO TREAT THEM
To take action against dark circles, begin by strengthening the skin around the eyes. Try out an eye cream that has ingredients like niacinamide, peptides, caffeine and retinol. If over-the-counter treatments aren't doing the trick, you can try more serious treatments like fillers, lasers or eye peels. Another product not to leave out of your eye-care routine? Sunscreen. UV rays can make dark circles appear more pigmented.
HOW TO COVER DARK CIRCLES WITH MAKEUP
Makeup isn't a permanent fix to those pesky dark circles, but if you're in a bind, a little concealer can go a long way. Resist the urge to pile on heavy concealer to hide dark circles – it can settle in fine lines and actually make them look worse. Instead, try a highlighting pen, which reflects light and immediately brightens the under-eye area without using a lot of product. For more coverage, layer a more opaque cream concealer on top, making sure to warm up the product first on the back of your hand so it melts in seamlessly.
Colour correcting concealers and foundations are another great way to counteract the blue and purple undertones if nude and flesh tones just aren't doing the trick!
If you want to go the extra mile, try lining your lower water line with a white eye liner pencil to brighten up the eyes and draw attention away from your dark circles.