Here’s a quickie for you- colour correcting is GREAT! I have fairly dark circles under my eyes that are a brownish tinge. I think it might be an Asian thing actually, the brownish tint I mean. I think lighter skin tones tend to have a more blueish tint. ANYWAY the good news is there is something you can do about it (woo)!
Colour correctors sort of “cancel out” dark circles, redness etc. They are a product in their own right but you don’t have to shell out because you can use makeup that you may already have! Bargain.
If your issue is brown pigment like me, you need do use something yellow to cancel out the brown. I use a MAC yellow eye shadow in some name I can’t remember (it’s the bright one…) You just scrape a bit off into your concealer or foundation and mix it in (don’t go over board!) It really works! It brightens up my under eye area loads. However if you have blue toned under eye circle you need to use something orange. I would advise going for something peachy as a bright orange is a bit much. So you might have have a peach blusher that would work or a lipstick. Just remember to avoid anything shimmery or you will probs end up looking like an alien.
If you have areas of redness, either from blemishes or, like me, areas around the nose or chin or wherever, you need to mix in something green toned. So again probably an eye shadow.
It really worked for me when I used the yellow eye shadow. My eyes looked so much brighter and more awake and nothing else I’ve used has ever come close. I don’t use it every day, only if I’m having a big night out or it’s a special occasion because ‘ain’t no body got time for that in their daily routine.
I used to use Touche Eclat by YSL but it never really worked and the light shade was too light and the dark was too dark (they only did 2 shades back then) and meh. Also it reflects light right? But why would I want my eye bags to glow?! I’m trying to hide them not give them center stage! Apparently that’s why you sometimes see pictures of celebrities on the red carpet or whatever who have really white bits that don’t blend with the rest of their face, it’s the camera flashes bouncing off the light reflecting product (ahem, Kim Kardashian.) But then I’ve used products with light reflecting particles that give a very nice glow so maybe I’m wrong? Or maybe it’s because you concentrate so much of it in one place? Either way it didn’t work for me but I guess it’s not so much of a problem if you don’t have the paparazzi following you around everywhere…
I’ve just started using Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector so we’ll see if that makes a difference. I enjoy using it actually because the applicator tip is really cool and soothing and mmmmm. Pricey though (thanks mum!)