13 smart tips to make those pesky dark undereye circles disappear forever

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Those panda’s eyes look terrible on you and make you look old and not beautiful. If you want to get rid of it for good, here’s some brilliant tricks from Allure for making them disappear.

ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREENpro_4015504_9413Z_Skin79-bb-cleanser-600x600Because the skin beneath your eyes is so thin, it’s especially prone to sun-induced hyper pigmentation (and skin cancer). But sunscreen can also be especially irritating if it gets in your eyes. Use a nondrippy or stick formula that won’t migrate, says Jessica Wu, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

USE A RETINOID BUT DON’T OVERDO IT
“Too-frequent application [of retinoids] can leave you with red, flaky rings around your eyes that turn brownish or gray as they heal, especially in olive or darker skin tones,” says Wu.

Look for one that’s especially formulated for the eye area. The vitamin A derivative will fade pigment and increase collagen production to make skin less transparent so dark circles are less noticeable.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAKEUP REMOVERpro_4017383_2400U_NHDL009

When you rub your skin to pry off your liner, you’re causing inflammation and capillary damage—both of which can contribute to dark circles. Cleansing oils melt eye makeup with the least amount of rubbing.

COOL DOWN
Washing your face with hot water “worsens puffiness and can accentuate dark circles,” says Wu. The same goes for steam.

LOOK FOR BRIGHTENING INGREDIENTS
Arbutin, kojic acid, licorice, vitamin C, and daisy extract all interfere with the production of melanin without riling up sensitive skin. If those don’t fade the discoloration, a doctor can prescribe a cream with hydroquinone, the gold-standard—but potentially irritating—skin lightener.

TAKE AN ANTIHISTAMINE
If you have allergies, the histamines released by your immune system can cause swelling and broken, leaky capillaries under the eyes. Itchiness can encourage rubbing, which compounds the problem by prompting hyperpigmentation. An oral antihistamine can halt the reaction. In addition, caffeine-based creams help shrink blood vessels that can swell with an allergic reaction.

USE A CREAMY SOLID CONCEALERpro_4015795_4121X_1

The right concealer will make you look younger and rested and hide the fact that you ordered a second martini last night. Makeup artist Laura Mercier recommends creamy solid formulas: “They provide more coverage [than liquids] and don’t wear off as quickly.”

CHOOSE THE COLOR WISELYmakeup_mistake2

“Concealers with peachy undertones neutralize the blue tint in most dark circles,” says makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. “Avoid anything that looks remotely yellow in the pot—it’ll stand out like highlighter on skin.”

APPLY THE CONCEALER IN THIN LAYERS AND DON’T MISS A SPOT
Otherwise it’ll cake, says Mercier. Swipe a little on your finger, press it against the back of your hand to remove the excess, and then tap it over shadows. “Start where skin is darkest, and blend out from there for the most natural look,” says Dempsey. But stop short of the lower lash line, where even 20-year-olds have fine lines, and steer clear of crow’s-feet. Concealer will settle into those lines and exaggerate them.

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“Blend it down the sides of your nose just enough so you don’t have obvious circles of makeup smack-dab in the middle of your face,” says makeup artist Pati Dubroff. “I see a lot of women who don’t do that, and it always looks odd.”

DO SOME PRECONCEALING CONCEALING
“The only way to brighten up really dark circles is by prepping skin with a peach-colored cream base called a corrector,” says makeup artist Bobbi Brown. Apply it with a dampened makeup sponge so it’s sheer (“It won’t be Hermès orange,” says Pecheux) and then tap your regular concealer on top.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT EYE SHADOWeye_shadow

“A shimmering nude cream or powder shadow can brighten up your eyes, as long as it’s a touch darker than your skin tone. If it’s lighter, it looks frosty and dated,” says makeup artist Troy Surratt.

USE AN EYELASH CURLERKorean_design_magic_eyelash_curler_Plasti_pad

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When your lashes are turned up, they don’t cast a shadow on your under eye area. And, of course, curling your lashes makes your eyes look more open and minimizes the “I’m exhausted” effect of dark circles.

USE A PALE UNDERLINER
Drawing a soft peach eyeliner pencil along your inner waterline brightens the entire eye area, making dark circles (and redness) less noticeable.


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