Saturday, June 12, 2010

Something to hide...?

There are obviously many differences in makeup application for men and women, but there is one main concern that the sexes share: dark under-eye circles.

Darkness under the eye is the most common complaint from anyone I've ever worked with and the causes are varied widely. For most people, this problem exists from fatigue or irritation and is usually accompanied by a bit of swelling or the appearance of lines. In some cases, it's clearly something they've dealt with all their lives (where the tone is significantly deeper than the rest of the skin and always has been). There is no ONE solution for this situation, but there are some quick and easy means for controlling them.

If you're looking for a short term option, coverage would be your choice. A concealer with a slight orange or peach tinge will offset any darkness under the eyes and the skin will just look like skin. Applied with a sponge or brush is the best option as opposed to fingers which can be dirty or transfer oils that can depreciate the wear of cosmetic products. Also, the more you tug on the delicate under-eye area the more the skin will lose elasticity, moisture and will begin to thin out and show even more darkness over time. So, no fingers. Fingers = bad.

Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste; $26

If you're looking to alleviate the darkness altogether, you might be in luck.

There are topical products on the market that claim to "remove dark circles permanently". There is some truth to this. Products directed at this task can have certain ingredients that cause phytosensitivity to under-eyes but do, indeed, remove dark spots on skin. However, they are basically bleaching agents that leaves skin a bit defenseless. For example, some products have been known to increase darkness rather than remove it once the skin is exposed to the sun.

Bremenn Labs Hylexin; $59

Topical treatments like moisturizers are optimal because they improve elasticity (spring-back), reduce swelling, and begin to halt the deterioration over time. You'll find that darkness will begin to dissipate because the skin is stronger and has more circulation but it may not disappear altogether. But considering the alternative, it's still the better choice.

FACE Stockholm Ageless Eye Cream; $60

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