Hola Beauties, As you know, I have been a Glamour Makeup Artist for over 10 years, and over the years, I have noticed that I am always asked the same FAQ's by women everywhere. Today's beauty blog addresses three of those questions. I promise if you follow these instructions you will be ready to Put Your Best Face Forward at any event. Happy Friday!!
1.) How do I decrease the puffiness under my eyes?
There are different treatment options depending on the cause of puffiness. If you are lacking sleep and retaining water around the eyes (besides the obvious remedy of getting more rest) lay down with a moist, cold washcloth over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Another trick is to moisten two Chamomile tea bags with cold water and rest them on your eyes. The calming properties and tannin in the tea help tighten the skin and decrease puffiness.
2.) What's the cause of my under eye dark circles - and what treatments can help?
Occasional dark circles under the eyes can be caused by factors as simple as lack of sleep, dehydration or an allergy - particularly congestion in the central facial and nasal area. Dark circles can also be hereditary, and are more likely to occur in ethnic skin.
But for many women, dark circles are simply a sign of the aging process at work. As we age, the fat pad under the eye thins, allowing blood vessels underneath to show through. Moreover, as we age, blood flow to the skin beneath the eyes becomes sluggish, which further increases the darkness in this area.
While sometimes a skin-lightening product helps to fade dark circles, I wouldn't recommend using them under the eye. However, using eye creams that containing a combination of Vitamin K and Retinol have an even more powerful lightening effect. The vitamin K works directly on the blood vessels, while the Retinol helps re-build collagen, which drastically improves the appearance of dark circles.
The best way to hide dark circles is with concealer (makeup). However, it's important to choose one in a shade as close to your natural skin tone as possible. But BEWARE, choosing a concealer that is too light, will cause dark circles to appear gray calling more attention to them.
3.) What can I do to make my eye shadow last longer than lunchtime?
- Do not apply eye cream (skin care) on your lids in the morning – the added emollients in the cream will cause any makeup you apply afterwards to slip right off.
- Before applying shadow, always prime your lids with an eye shadow primer such as Urban Decay's "Primer Potion", which creates a base for the shadow to adhere to.
- In general, if your lids tend to secrete their own oil-stay away from cream shadows. However, if you are totally addicted and loyal to your cream shadows feel free to use them only AFTER applying the primer as it is amazing for both cream and powder based eye shadow.