Perfect skin doesn’t come easily, and one of the biggest battles is hiding dark circles under your eyes. Whether you didn’t get enough sleep the night before or you’re just one of those women who tends to have under eye bags, you can easily hide your tired look with a little clever make up. These tricks take mere seconds and will have you looking bright-eyed for your early morning meeting or coffee date.
1. Eyebrow Arching
You can have a perfect eyebrow with threading, pluck or wax a certain style for every day, or you can mimic a high arch for your sleepier-looking mornings with an eyebrow pencil. Arched eyebrows will draw an onlooker’s gaze to the top of your eye instead of the darkness beneath it. Fill in your brows with a feathered stroke and brush them for a natural look.
2. Lash Curling
It’s easy to forget about curling your lashes in the morning, because it can often be a tedious task when you’re trying to get out of the house quickly. Realistically, though, it only takes a few seconds and makes a huge difference in the overall brightness of your look. Always curl your lashes prior to adding mascara, starting at the root of the lash. Your eyes will appear bigger and your lashes longer–you may even be able to skip the mascara!
3. Diluted Concealer
It may sound counterintuitive, but diluting your concealer with a little tinted moisturizer can make a big difference. It makes application smoother and will keep the otherwise thick product from caking into the creases under your eye. Less concealer also contributes to a less “made up” appearance as the day wears on.
4. Highlighter and Shimmer
Highlighters or shimmery flesh-toned make up can add brightness to you is under eye. Used in combination with your concealer, this trick helps to hide dark circles and give you a livelier look in general. A little bit of shimmer goes a long way, though–you don’t want to look like you’re going out to the club when you’re heading into work.
5. Morning Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow isn’t just seasonal; it’s coordinated to the time of day, too. Skip the heavy or metallic colors in lieu of light, natural shades. Shimmery whites or very light taupes can add a sparkle to your face when used in the inner corners of your eyes. When using color on the rest of your lid, brush it up and outwards for a fresh, vibrant look.