Banishing dark circles!

Okay, we all know that sleep is SUPER important for a flawless complexion and is also the secret to fighting off those pesky dark circles.

But, if you’re a night owl like me (and you often find yourself staying up late) or you’re in school pulling an all nighter, here are some tips to fake that “wide-awake” look.

Invest in a tone corrector.
PhotoA tone corrector palette (or even some concealer palettes) usually comes with these four colors – pink, yellow, green, and blue. It’s used to contrast the colors existing on your face already.

Quick art lesson – Color theory:
Green is the opposite of Red (counteracts redness). Orange is the opposite of Blue (counteracts dark circles). Yellow is the opposite of Purple (also counteracts dark circles).

For my dark circles I mixed the pink and yellow colors to make a “light orange” or “skin-like color” and applied this prior to applying my concealer.

The one I use is from e.l.f (eyes. lips. face.) and it only cost me $3! I picked this one up at my local Target, but you can purchase it from their website as well or any other beauty stores that carry e.l.f. products.

Invest in a good concealer targeting dark circles.
300 (1) It’s important to purchase a concealer that is meant for dark circles/under-eye area because they usually have added properties in them that are meant for that delicate area.

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This way, it’s not just covering up, but helping the area as well. You’ll start to see less noticeable dark circles with frequent use. You don’t have to break your bank account either because the drug store brands have improved tremendously throughout the years.

I’ve used both the Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser and the Garnier Dark Circle Roller. I highly recommend both products because they work equally as well. Whichever one you end up choosing depends on your brand preference. The Maybelline one is less expensive and it also comes in more shades. The Garnier one comes in a fair/light shade and a medium/deep shade. Both have added properties to help awaken the under eye area.

I use these concealers everyday (interchanging between the two) and I use the tone corrector for those days where I barely got sleep the night before. See which one works for you – but remember to get SLEEP!

How do you get rid of your dark circles? Is there one brand you prefer over the other?

Good luck & Stay Maganda! ❤
-K

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Accessorize your tired eyes!

If you woke up and your eyes still feel so heavy, why not accessorize? Sometimes makeup just won’t do the trick and people can still see how tired you are based on your eyes.

What I do is simple — Wear Glasses!

I’m in for another hectic week so I can foresee me wearing these babies often. Today was one of those days where I just couldn’t wake up and kept snoozing my alarm. Does that happen to you too?

If you don’t wear glasses, you can get really inexpensive ones from Ebay, even in the trendy thick framed ones. Most don’t run for more than $10.  You don’t need a prescription either because they will be non-prescription glasses or “plano”. They’re perfect for these types of days.

I’ve bought larger framed ones (similar to the “nerdy” ones) that are non-prescription just for the style. However, these in the photo are my real prescription glasses (Prada frames) so if you’re shopping around, I recommend these 🙂

Remember: When wearing glasses, lighten up the area under the eye since the glasses will cast a shadow.

What’s your favorite accessory? How do you cover up tired eyes?

Stay maganda!<3
-K

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Sleep and Dark Circles

Did you know that dark circles aren’t caused from lack of sleep?

Lacking sleep actually causes the eye area to become puffier than usual. This “puff” casts a shadow under the eye which in turn looks like a dark circle. If you get enough sleep, this puffiness can be avoided somewhat, but not completely especially if your eyes are naturally like that.

To remove the puffiness, a quick tip is to cool and refresh the area. Cool cucumbers can do this since cucumbers are full of water. You can also use creams with caffeine in it to get rid of the swelling.

Do you know the source of your dark circles? See if you can pinpoint your dark circles using my list.

Dark circles also become more prominent with age (unfortunately). So for a normal day, I recommend the Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller, which is a personal favorite of mine. Find out why here!

If you have any questions about dark circles or don’t know how to target yours, feel free to share it with me in the comments below or on my Facebook!

Stay Maganda!<3
-K

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Tip of the Day: Skincare

Dark circles — they affect us all for the most part. The key to effectively targeting YOUR dark circles depends on your skin.

Creams and concealers can help to aid dark circles, but only if that’s what your skin actually needs. In other words, there’s no point in using creams to treat puffy eyes if you’re eyes aren’t even puffy. And oversleeping won’t rid your under-eye darkness either, if you already sleep enough.

Some common sources are:
1) Puffy Eyes (casts a shadow)
2) Fair skin (allows the blue vessels to show)
3) Saggy skin (comes with age)
4) Poor diet / Dehydration (water is your friend!)
5) Allergies (causes puffy eyes)
6) Sun damage (discolors the eye area)

Target the source of your dark circles first, then move onto concealer if needed.

Good luck & Stay Maganda! ❤
-K