Waking up and starting your day can be a challenge some mornings, but that doesn't mean your look has to suffer! Whilst under-eye bags can be a beauty challenge, there are definitely a few tricks of the trade that can help you look like your best self.
Reinventing your morning makeup routine using some quick and easy tips can help you look wide-awake and refreshed, no matter how sleepy you may feel. From adding a few splashes of bright colour to using clever concealing techniques, it's easy to look bright and alert even when you don't feel it. Today we’ll discuss what causes under-eye bags and ways that you can use the power of makeup to disguise them...
What Causes Under-Eye Bags?
Under eye bags can be a frustrating and unwelcome addition to our beauty concerns, but to effectively address them, it's important to understand their underlying causes. Several factors contribute to the formation of under eye bags, including genetics, aging, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors. As we age, the skin and muscles around the eyes naturally weaken, leading to sagging and the accumulation of fat and fluid in the under-eye area. Another big factor that most of us can relate to is the lack of sleep that a busy lifestyle brings. When we don't get enough sleep, the blood vessels under our eyes can dilate, leading to puffiness and a darkened appearance. Inadequate sleep also disrupts the body's natural processes of fluid regulation, causing fluid to accumulate in the delicate under eye area, resulting in swelling and bags. Moreover, lack of sleep can lead to increased inflammation and decreased collagen production, which can further contribute to the formation of under eye bags. So getting your beauty sleep is important, as well as leading a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and exercise, drinking enough water, and practicing sun safety.
How to Wake up with Makeup
For those of us who have eye bags but need to be looking fresh as a daisy for the day ahead, there are ways to harness the power of makeup so that you can look bright and awake.
Before diving into makeup application, prep your skin with moisturiser or a hydrating mist so that is hydrated and ready for makeup application. Using a puffy eye remover cream is an essential follow-up step to help reduce the appearance of under eye bags, so that you have less work to do at the makeup end. This is the most effective step when it comes to reduce under eye bags, circles, and wrinkles, as well as protecting your skin from free radical damage. Gently pat the cream around your under-eye area to help reduce any morning puffiness.
The Power of Colour Correction
To camouflage those dark under eye bags, colour correcting makeup is your best friend. For bluish or purple-toned bags, reach for a peach or orange colour corrector. Apply a little amount on the affected areas and blend it gently using your fingertips or a small concealer brush. This technique helps neutralise the discolouration and create a smooth base for your concealer. A makeup artist beauty industry tip for those in a pinch, is to use a dab of red or peach coloured lipstick. This can work as an emergency colour corrector. Apply a tiny amount to the under-eye area and blend it well before moving on to the next step.
Even Out the Canvas
After colour correcting, it is time to choose a lightweight, hydrating foundation that matches your skin tone. Apply it evenly to your face, including the under-eye area. Make sure to select a silky foundation containing nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E. A pro tip is to warm the product between your fingers before applying it with your hands, beauty blender or a foundation brush to blend it seamlessly, ensuring a natural finish.
Illuminate and Conceal
To effectively conceal your under-eye circles, opt for a light, brightening concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. Opting for a concealer containing hyloxil, which is a key secret ingredient for brightening and concealing your under-eye area. Hyloxil is designed to target the accumulation of fluid and puffiness in the under- eye area. It helps to improve lymphatic circulation and reduce the swelling, resulting in a smoother and less puffy appearance. It is also forumulated with moisturizing ingredients that help hydrate and nourish the skin. This can help improve the overall texture and smoothness of the under-eye area, making it appear more supple and refreshed. Dot the concealer on the inner corners of your eyes and underneath the bags. Gently blend it out using a small brush or your ring finger. This technique brightens the under-eye area and helps minimize the appearance of bags.
Lock In the Perfection with Power
The final step to prevent creasing and ensure long-lasting coverage it to set your under-eye concealer with a translucent or brightening setting powder. Use a fluffy brush to lightly dust the powder over the concealed areas. This step helps to lock in the makeup and provides a smooth, matte finish. A tip is to avoid applying too much powder, as it can emphasize fine lines and make the under-eye area appear dry. A light dusting is all you need for a flawless finish.
The journey to concealing under eye bags is much more achievable than you might think with the right techniques and products. With these tricks up your sleeve, you can confidently face the day with a refreshed and vibrant look. Embrace the transformative power of makeup and let your beauty shine through, as you conquer under eye bags and reveal the best version of yourself. Remember, you can conquer any beauty challenge with a little creativity and the right tools. So, go forth and put your newfound knowledge into practice. Here's to flawless, undereye bag-free days ahead!