For reasons unbeknownst to me, I have been in a single state the last few weeks – tired. I can’t seem to shake it, despite pushing back my bedtime and freeing up my evenings to spend more time relaxing when I’m home from work. Since the new job started my mornings have become a bit different, having to leave earlier for a longer commute which results in an earlier wake-up call, and an even earlier morning on gym days…I think that might have something to do with it.
Regardless of what it is, it’s taken a toll on my eyes. I wake up with puffy, tired skin most days now and the dark circles just won’t quit, so I’ve really been focusing on taking better care of my under-eye area and have implemented some new makeup techniques and products to keep things bright and give the illusion I’m more awake than I really am.
The Skincare Routine
My regular routine consists of cleansing, toning and moisturizing twice a day (like most women), but I previously hadn’t used any dedicated eye cream until a few weeks back (early August I would say).
Strolling through Winners as I so often do, I came across StriVectin-SD Eye Cream which promised to tighten skin and eliminate dark circles. Since the circles had been making a bolder appearance as of late, I didn’t hesitate in picking it up. I began using it twice daily and it’s officially just another step in my routine. As a note, it looks like the cream I’m using is discontinued (hence it’s availability at Winners I would assume) but a quick search on their site brings up a new product, Get Even Dark Circle Corrector which sounds just right if your needs are similar to mine.
At the start of September I had the chance to review Estee Lauder’s Re Nutriv Ultimate Conturing Eye Lift for BlushPretty, which is a luxury cream intended for aging skin that promises to tighten and lift. When I say luxury, I mean it – this stuff retails for $165 CAD. Knowing this, I vowed to start incorporating it into my routine because if it’s selling at that price point, it’s got to have some kind of super powers, right?
I’ve since been using both creams together after I cleanse, tone and moisturize the rest of my face and I can honestly say there’s been a difference, particularly in the dark circles – they’re far less noticeable and the skin feels tighter.
The Makeup Routine
While skincare is important, the creams alone just don’t cut it in terms of completely erasing the result of my fatigue. Knowing this, I’ve been experimenting with products and techniques to mask the dark circles and brighten up my under-eye area.
In the last few weeks I think I’ve found my groove – a combination of concealer, brightener, powder to set and very clean eye makeup have been making a world of difference.
I start with MAC’s Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 (the lightest shade available). I love this concealer for so many reasons – it’s creamy, provides excellent coverage, blends like a dream and stays put all day. I use e.l.f.’s Studio Flawless Concealer Brush which helps keep it looking natural, and by using NC15 I’m actually using a shade a bit lighter than my natural skin tone which helps give that brightening effect.
I then add a bit of my must-have highlighter, YSL’s Touche Éclat and again using my brush blend it out over top. This adds the radiant touch (the direct translation of the name) that gives a serious boost I think just about every lady out there can use.
I set with my overall face powder (Sephora’s 8HR Mattifying Compact Foundation), and then I move on to my eye makeup. What’s important to note here is I keep it super clean and simple – just my signature black cat-eye and mascara paired with a bold brow and nothing else. On days where I’m feeling really fancy I might go with a champagne shade of eyeshadow, but otherwise I stay away from any makeup on my lower waterline or lashes that might make my eyes appear heavier or darker, or worse, smaller. I think by keeping it really simple it helps to brighten and widen your eyes.
The result of my efforts? A much brighter and awake looking face – combine with a strong cup of coffee and you’ve got a formula for getting through those sleepy mornings.