Tips and Tricks for Brighter Looking Eyes

Monday, May 18, 2015
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bright-eyes-header (1 of 1)Here's the thing: I'm tired. I don't get enough sleep or enough down time. Also, I'm not a kid anymore and dark circles and puffiness happens. What can you do?

Well, I'll tell you. While it's pretty hard to disguise exhaustion completely, I do have a routine that makes me look less tired. Specifically, I'll share the products and techniques I use to brighten up the area around my eyes. I think you'll see a big difference in the before and after picture. Check it out below!

Tips and Tricks for Brighter Eyes

For this makeup demo, I used:
Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Eye Repair
Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer
Concealer brush like this BH Cosmetics Small Concealer Brush
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze
Eyelash curler
Rimmel ScandalEyes Retroglam Mascara
Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter

bright-eyes (1 of 21)Before we begin, here's the before picture.

neutrogena-rapid-dark-circle-repair1. Dark circles suck. The trick to making them less noticeable is light reflecting particles. These magic minerals reflect light to diffuse dark spots and other imperfections. My new go-to product for this is the new Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Repair eye cream. It treats dark circles with a brightening complex while disguising them. I dab it over dark patches then blend it in.

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2. Next use a concealer that matches your skin tone to apply a tiny amount of concealer over the same dark areas. For me this is huge!! Too much concealer looks fake and you end up blending most of it away. Instead, I dab a concealer brush in a small amount of concealer and use it to gently blend the product just where I need it.

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See the difference? No, my dark circles aren't covered completely but they are less noticeable and it looks natural. (And that's the name of the game, right?)

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3. Also apply a little concealer to the inner corners of your eyes!

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4. Apply a shimmery eyeshadow and eyeliner to just your upper lids to draw the attention upwards. I'm loving this Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in Neptune. It's a rich dark teal with just a hint of sparkle and these awesome liners actually sharpen themselves when you twist on the cap!

smashbox-always-sharpCool, right? Gotta love technology.

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5. Curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara.

bright-eyes (15 of 21)Not bad, right? But if you really want to go the distance, complete the pièce de résistance shown in the next step (especially before a night out or photo op!)

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6. Use your concealer brush to add a small amount of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes for some serious pop.

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