I’m turning 42 years old this week. And I have eyebags. I have crows feet. I have pigmentation. I have wrinkles. Goddamn it, I even have pimples.
I’m not actually all that worried about it. I’ve faced down worst before and I’ll face down worst again. #seeewhatididthere
But whilst laugh lines give you character, eyebags just make you look tired. I am tired most of the time, but I don’t have to look it. Hello makeup!
I’m sharing my tips on how to disguise eyebags.
How to disguise eyebags | the process
You don’t have to be 40+ to have eyebags, but the older you are, the more steps you might need to undertake.
This is my six step guide for how to disguise eyebags.
- Hydrate the under eye area – use a rich eye cream and / or skin oil and allow time for it to fully absorb. Pat on with finger tips on the orbital bone.
- Prime and add radiance – with a treatment eye cream with blurring technology. Use finger tips to pat and blend into the undereye area. After this step, you can apply face primer and foundation / mineral powder.
- Correct dark shadows – just like light colours advance and dark colours recede when contouring the face, adding colours under the eyes corrects dark shadows. Blue shadows and veins are counteracted with yellow shades, and pinky-peachy colours will zap dark shadows in an instant.
- Concealer is the next step to fill and disguise fine lines. I use a flat tapered concealer brush to pat my concealer on, then press into the skin.
- Set the concealer with loose powder. I use a push brush to set the concealer with a little loose powder, pushing into the skin and then lightly sweeping outwards. This helps prevent creasing and makes your under eye makeup last and last.This is a good time to apply eye makeup. To prevent any eyeshadow fallout, you could also apply a little extra loose powder without applying it. When you’ve finished your eye makeup, use your push brush to sweep away the extra loose powder (and any dropped shadow).
- Highlight and diffuse to reflect light. Going back to the contouring principles, pat a little diffusing powder under the eyes with the same push brush. A little highlighting concealer in the corner of your eyes – inner and outer – completes the magic trick. Swipe a little on, then leave for a moment. Perhaps do your brows or your lippy. Then use a concealer brush to gently blend the highlighting concealer into the skin. Your fingertips are a great tool too.
How to disguise eyebags | the products
I’m sharing my favourite everyday go to products.
- Nuxe Merveillance Expert Eye Contour Cream $54.99 | click to shop
- Garnier Miracle Skin Cream Eyes $19.99 | click to shop
- Darphin Ideal Resource Anti-Dark Circles Eye Illuminator $76 | click to shop
- BECCA Under Eye Brightening Concealer $49 (on sale $37.73) | click to shop
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector | $40 | click to shop
- Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer | only available in store at Sephora (totes worth the effort to track it down!)
- By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer $89 | click to shop (not cheap but lasts forever and it is amazeballs with awesomesauce)
Highlight and Diffuse
- Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Palette $76 | click to shop (I use a combination of Dim Light and Radiant Light under my eyes – the teensiest amount)
- Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo $59 | click to shop
Although many of these products are on the expensive side, there are more affordable products out there that do much the same job. They also last an incredibly long time.
Another thing that will help with my facial wrinkles is the Wrinkles Schminkles Forehead and Eye Smoothing Kit. I have been given a set for trial and review purposes, and will bring you the results shortly. Unfortunately, I’ve got horrid sinus issues at present, and can’t bear the feeling of anything touching my skin!