Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Battling Dark Circles: 5 Things You (& I) Could Be Doing Wrong


If I ever decided to calculate how much I spend every year on concealers, eye creams and face masks, all to try to cover my dark circles, I could probably afford to buy one of those Chanel handbags I've wanted for a while. From a very early age, I've had to deal with dark discoloration of the skin under my eyes making me look tired and ill at times. Some of the main causes for my dark circles are heredity (thanks mom), working in front of a computer for prolonged hours, mental and physical stress, as well as lack of sleep. Other causes include aging, dry skin, an unhealthy diet and even prolonged crying.

With different home remedies that assist in diminishing the appearance of dark circles, such as cucumbers, rose water, almond oil, etc, there is a lot we can do to make them less visible. But what if there were things that we were already doing that actually accentuated them more? That's right, I wised up on the subject and found mistakes you and I could be doing, so keep on reading to find out more.


1. YOU AREN'T COLOUR CORRECTING
I didn't even know what colour correcting was a few months ago but now I can vouch for it 100%! It seriously helps mask those pesky dark shadows under my eyes and I cannot go a day without it as it makes that much difference. Given I have blue-ish/purple dark circles I'm better off  applying yellow and salmon/peach concealers prior to my normal shade. Both shades are great brightening agents and will work well to cover my raccoon eyes.

2. WRONG SHADE OF CONCEALER
You should be using two different shades of concealer, one that matches your skin perfectly and one that is slightly lighter for highlighting purposes. When in doubt, it is always better to go for shade that is a tad lighter than your skin, but never darker! The same goes for when our skin tone changes throughout the year. The same concealer you are using right now for summer will probably be a little too dark for when winter hits, so bear that in mind as dark concealer can lead to even darker circles.


3. LACK OF VITAMIN K IN YOUR EYE CREAM
Vitamin K is proven to restore radiance of the skin surrounding the eyes by improving circulation and reducing inflammation. Hence, when looking for an eye cream/moisturizer make sure it contains this essential vitamin.

4. TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR DIET
Is your diet full of salt? Sodium in excess can lead to swelling as it causes water retention in the body including the area around the eye so make sure your intake is balanced. Similarly, vitamin K-rich foods like spinach, broccoli and strawberries can help and should be included in your diet; alongside your eye cream these will help increase circulation and as a result, reduce swelling and darkening of the skin.


5. MASCARA & EYE LINERS ARE MAKING THEM WORSE
I avoid eyeliner at all costs, as they can really accentuate my dark circles and by the end of the day/night, the smudge situation is real. Mascara tends to start falling at the end of a long work day so removing the excess make-up that is adding extra darkness under the eyes is a MUST.


Anything else that makes  your dark circles worse? Let me know below!
Thanks for reading beauties and have a nice sunny day ahead!

xoxo

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49 comments

  1. Davam jeito essas coisinhas por aqui!


    Isabel Sá
    Brilhos da Moda

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  2. Davam jeito essas coisinhas por aqui!


    Isabel Sá
    Brilhos da Moda

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  3. The amount of sleep I'm getting makes a huge amount of difference for me. Since I discovered colour correcting, I've had a vast improvement in their appearance. Great tips :)

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  4. I should definitely try color correcting...I'm curious as to how noticeable/effective it'd be on my dark circles. Oooh, and eyeliner smudge is the devil! That's why I can only use felt tip eyeliner pens - the liquid format is the only thing resistant to my oily lids.
    Great post Pam!

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  5. oh my god totally agree on the eyeliner front! I used to wear eyeliner all the time, but now that I've started working which leaves me totally exhausted, I avoid it at all cost! One of my favourite undereye concealers is the Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer! Totally recommend giving it a go! It's got some pink/salmon undertones which make it colour corrective too! xx

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  6. This was so informative! I always have trouble covering dark circles!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  7. Color correcting has made all the difference for me, it was my makeup epiphany when I discovered that.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  8. Optimas dicas, é bem capaz que eu ande a fazer as coisas mal rsrs.
    As fotos estão muito boas também!
    xx
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  9. This is a great informative post. I didn't know about the concealer thing, so I think it's time for me to get a new one, but lighter than my skin colour.

    Mich x
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  10. This was such a informative read, thank you! Mascaras and eyeliners usually ruin things for me, have to yet to find ones that lasts during the day withough "falling down"! Xx

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  11. Great post! I love it so much.


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  12. I am lucky that I don't suffer from dark circles, not even when I am hit by insomnia. I think colour correcting before concealing is the way to go, sorry I don't have any other tips.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  13. Hmm every time I try colour correcting or any other make up tricks it ends up being a disaster. I can see the logic behind it though, perhaps I just need to perfect my technique :P

    I've found using a foundation one shade lighter and blending out with my fingers tends to work best - minimal and effective!

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  14. Great brands

    xx LL

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  15. When I started drinking much more water than usual my dark circles started to get less and less visible. Also a goo eye cream can do wonders!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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  16. Color correcting seems to be excellent, dear Pam! I will try it, cause I also have dark circles sometimes - they used to be worse, but now they are a bit, just a bit under control - since I sleep a lot, I confess :) But I love salt :( I should avoid it, I know :( I bought a concealer that is very good, but the lightest was still dark for me. I now stick to the YSL Touche Eclat. I loved your post!
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  18. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I totally agree with you, starting from diet to concelars and the right color correction. My dar circles are delicate blueberries :)))
    Kisses from Milan :)

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  20. These are great tips! I might need to get myself a colour corrector!

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  21. If I sleep enought I don't have dark circles, but if not, they are horrible.

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  22. Thanks for this post, I'm only 22 but have dealt with dark circles under my eyes for as long as I can remember, nothing seems to make them go away. I will have to try a few of these tricks and see if any will work for me!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  23. Awesome tips!! I really need to get into colour correcting more! I think it makes an amazing difference! <3 Lovely post!

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

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  24. I now avoid lower lash mascara if I know I'm gonna be out the whole day because the smudging at the end of a sweaty and humid day is just not pretty. Thanks for tips :)

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  25. Amazing products! I love that mascara! Great pictures!
    xx
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  26. Love the Mascara from Maybelline <3

    Love,
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  27. I'm terrible with eye cream, that's definitely my problem. I need to look into an eye cream with plenty of vitamin K x

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  28. I love Naked Skin from Urban Decay :D
    Kisses ♥
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  29. GReat and informative post, Pam. Thx for sharing.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  30. i have hereditary dark circles and it's the worst, i can never cover them 100% but i've also found that color correcting helps. i didn't know all of this so i'll have to keep it in mind :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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  31. I would add to this list - a hell of a lot of sleep! When I started my new job I went through a month period of being so tired I would get in and go to bed at 9.30am and sleep for hoursssss...and my dark circles got so much better!

    I'm also now on the hunt for a decent cream with Vit K - thanks for the heads up!

    Katie xx ¦ lacoconoire.com

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  32. Good point! Wish I could do that years ago. But, never too late!

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  33. Thanks for the tips, I have such bad dark circles!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  34. I'm pretty fortunate to not suffer from severe dark circles under my eyes, but on days that I do, color-correcting is my go-to! These are wonderful tips, Pam, thanks for sharing!

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  35. Não sabia que algumas dessa dicas, especialmente a da vitamina K! Tenho imensas olheiras também, e sei a luta que é tentar escondê-las
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  36. This is a brilliant post and so helpful! I'm going to get into colour correcting! I need that in my life! I bet my cause is my concealer, 100% lol!
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  37. I never thought to look for vitamin k in my products! Great tip.

    JennyLovesBeauty♥

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  39. These tips are great! I agree, colour correcting makes a huge difference. Also (this is more to do with puffiness around the eyes and 'bags' but I guess it's somewhat within the same topic), I've found that sleeping on my back makes a huge difference to how the area around my eyes looks, as apposed to when I sleep on my side or sometimes face planting into the pillow. I find it hard to do all of the time but on the nights I do manage to sleep on my back, my eyes look significantly brighter in the morning and far less puffy and tired looking throughout the day.

    Samio x
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  40. Love this post , these tips are great and helpful ...thanks girl !!
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  41. I definitely need to start colour correcting and find a lighter shade of concealer! Thanks for sharing, I'm pretty sure those tips will make all the difference. Love your blog!

    |Georgia Megan|

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  42. I have a bit of discolouration in the inner corner of my eyes! I love colour correcting them and then concealing afterwards. Colour correcting is definitely a great way to make the most out of a brightening concealer. I definitely want a new eye cream though, I have one for the day. But I'm going to search high and low for a night one with tons of vitamin K.:D

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  43. oh pam thanks for your tips, I was wondering about part 5 :D I could never go out without eyeliner O_O I suppose I have to put more efforts in the other points :D
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  44. Great products <3

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  45. Hello,

    Love it ! :D

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  46. Enjoyed the tips, thanks. Next on my list is a colour corrector. http://www.Spiritndstyle.com

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