I am a busy person. I have a job, I have a blog, I have second job writing beauty posts for Babble (let’s face it, that probably doesn’t count as a job), I have an amazing 3-year-old and a husband I love to spend time with each day. There really aren’t enough hours in the day to squeeze it all in, and when you add in my overnight phone calls from work and the pregnancy associated 3 a.m. bathroom breaks, I don’t get a lot of sleep; which makes me a typical mom.
I would love to get a little more beauty sleep each night, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Instead, I rely on makeup to help me look awake and more “normal” each day. The most obvious step is a little concealer on any under eye circles, but there are a lot of little hints that can make that concealer look more natural, open up your eyes, and maybe tone down your circles a little bit more.
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If your circles are very pigmented, rather than just piling on more concealer will give you a more natural look. "I can't leave the house without it! Opt for a color a little more peachy, this will help with dark circles. Orange for darker skin," explains Elaina Badro.
"The best way to look more awake with makeup (which I do every morning - I'm completely zombified unless I have two cups or coffee and use this technique) is to use a liquid concealer, one shade lighter than your usual concealer, right under your eyes," confesses celebrity makeup artist Meg Raiano.
"You only need a small dab, and I like to use a wide brush in circular motions to apply evenly to cover up those little baggies."
Bonus Tip: I've found that applying that concealer roughly in a triangle shape (and sneaking it up into your inner eye), rather than the typical arc under the eye gives a more natural look. Check out more of my favorite concealer tips.
"Although the tip to add a pearl-like color to the inside corner of the eye is a great one, I actually prefer to tightline and apply to the waterline a nude, matte color for daytime," explains Regina Ventimiglia.
"My two favorite formulas are both water resistant and they are Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream and Rimmel London Scandal Eyes in Nude. At night time, I'll use the same trick but change the color to PowerSurge by MAC. I have yet to meet a client that doesn't look great with PowerSurge!"
Instead of reaching for your usual black or brown liner, this small change can really make your eyes pop! "Blackest black mascara applied to an eye lined with a navy or indigo liner will brighten the color and whites of eyes," explains Dimitri James founder of Skinn Cosmetics.
Most of us just line our eyes quickly with a pencil and call it done. But Gabriel DeSantino says you should take the extra step of smudging. "Avoid hard lines around the eyes, instead smudge the pencil or line eyes with shadow." This blurred line will diffuse your eye area and can make bags less obvious.