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Here's the bad news, girls: Dark under-eye circles and bags can make you look tired and older than you are...
The good news is, there is a fool-proof under-eye system that works. Every time. So, let's go through the necessary steps to perfecting the under-eye area.
Begin with a good eye cream or gel.
Using a hydrating, non-greasy eye cream or gel prior to applying primers and makeup moisturizes the delicate skin around the eye ensuring a smooth, long-lasting look. Princess Livia Soothing Eye Gel with Bee Pollen is a light-weight gel that absorbs quickly, making it the perfect choice for use under makeup. Use your ring finger (it's the weakest and, therefore, applies the least amount of pressure) to dab the hydrating gel under eyes and onto brow bones. Give the product 5 minutes to absorb before moving on to the next step. Now, you're ready to proceed...
Select the perfect concealer.
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This can be tricky. You need to take into account both the color and the depth of your under-eye circles in order to make the proper choice. Let's talk color first. We need to identify the predominant shade present under your eyes in order to figure out the best way to conceal it. Think back to art class in grammar school. Did you ever learn the color wheel? Need a refresher? The basic idea is that the best way to neutralize one color is with the one opposite it on the color wheel. Refer to the diagram to better understand this idea. This color-correction is the most important part of the concealing process. Issues of depth can usually be corrected by mixing the concealer with your foundation. Now, let's use this theory on the problem at hand...
If your under-eye circles are blue-ish:
Diandra Perfect Blend Concealer Duo in Beige Buff (the darker shade of the split bullet.) If it's a bit too light or too dark, try adding a bit of your foundation. This will often do the trick.
If your under-eye circles are purple-ish:
Sistina Tinta Naturale Concealer in Natural Beige is a great one to try. Again, remember the foundation trick if the shade is off a bit.
If your under-eye circles are green or yellow-ish:
Sistina Due Tinta Naturale in Torino Tan (the darker side of the split bullet) for great, long-lasting coverage.
Now that you've selected the perfect concealer, you want to pat it onto the problem area using your ring finger and a gentle tapping motion until well-blended.
Set the perfection.
Now that you've done all that hard work, you want it to last, right? That's where the powder comes in. The more natural, more dimensional cousin of traditional face powder, these new "invisible powders" have smaller particles that reflect light, creating a softer, less-matte appearance to the skin. Like traditional face powders, they add hours of wear to the makeup underneath them. Your concealer-perfection isn't going anywhere! Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Powder is great for under the eyes. Use a small, fluffy shadow brush to apply an ultra-thin layer of powder under the eye to set your concealer. Simply roll the brush lightly through the powder and pat under eyes. Do not use a wiping motion or you will remove the concealer you just applied. Use the brush to dust off any excess product when finished.
Now you have gorgeous, well-rested eyes that are prepped and ready to rock any makeup look you want! You'll be amazed at how much more your eyes pop once you've banished those dreaded under-eye circles and bags...
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