Do you have more bags under your eyes than a shopaholic leaving the sales? We've all been there. Whether you've had a terrible night's sleep or are suffering from allergies, no one wants to carry around all that added baggage. So here's how to mask any shadows and puffiness...
How to Conceal Dark Circles Using Makeup
Apply your foundation as normal, choosing one that offers great coverage and illumination.
Next, take your under-eye concealer – it should be one or two shades lighter than your skin tone – and apply it in a triangle shape. Draw the base of the triangle underneath your eye and bring the point of it down to the top of your cheek. Pat it in with your ring finger.
Use a brush to dust a little translucent powder over the concealer to help it last all day. Gently pat the brush over the under-eye area, starting at the inner corner.
Finish by dotting highlighter along the top of your cheekbones, gently blending with your finger. This will help reflect the light and emphasise your bone structure, brightening the whole eye area.
How to Brighten your eyes using Makeup
Start with eyelash curlers. Place them as close to the base of your lashes as possible and lightly squeeze for a couple of seconds, followed by five gentle pulses. Repeat on each eye.
Apply white kohl liner along your waterline to brighten your eyes and make them pop – not only does this make your eyes look more awake, it also helps disguise any redness.
Finish off with lashings of mascara for that wide-eyed finish. This also doubles as a distraction technique too!
How to de-puff eye bags
Under-eye bags are caused by fluid retention and occur naturally as you age, but a lack of sleep or some allergies can cause them, too.
If you want to try and soften the appearance of eye bags without using makeup, try using specialist skincare products like a rollerball serum as this will gently hydrate the delicate area.
Or if you have time on your side, chill a cooling eye mask in the fridge and apply to your eyes for 10 minutes before starting your skincare and makeup routine.