How-to: cover up dark circles
Turn Around Bright eyes .. JLo's dark-circle free.
1. Trade in your eye cream
Dark circles can be hereditary and as we age, the skin around the eyes becomes thinner causing the blue and red blood vessels underneath to look more obvious. Rather than curse your family tree, keep your eyes peeled for an anti-ageing eye cream that’s packed with light reflecting particles, like pearl extracts, to help bounce light off the skin. Try: Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream, $64.
2. Conceal the deal
For coverage that’ll see you through until the PM, always prep the skin with foundation and leave it to settle for a minute before dabbing on a liquid concealer – it’s easier to blend and less drying so it won’t exaggerate fine lines. Build the coverage starting from the inner corner of the eye, down to the cheekbone and across the eyelid before setting the product with a translucent powder. We like: Estee Lauder Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder, $68.
3. Go for gold
Keeping the eye area looking fresh and bright is half the battle when it comes to downplaying dark circles. Steer clear of heavy black eye liner and stick with a gold or champagne-pink eye shadow that you can dust on the inner corner of the eye and the centre of the eyelid to play up the light.
4. Master the magic wand
Wearing mascara on the lower lashes causes the hairs to sit too close to the skin, which combined with the moisture from the concealer equals a recipe for panda eyes. Go to town with two coats on the top and if you’re still craving a little extra definition, try a slick of old-school clear mascara on the bottom for added length and volume, without the smudge factor.
Hot tip: In a rush and don’t have time to conceal? A dramatic pop of colour on the lips makes for a pretty distraction. This season, you can’t go wrong with plum and berry-pink shades of lipstick and gloss.