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Looking Bright-Eyed This Summer Has Never Been Easier
Summer has a reputation for being totally stress-free and relaxing—i.e. a time with zero under-eye bags and dark circles. Sure, we might be spending more time outside this time of year…but we’re also working later to take those coveted long weekends, fighting through airports and skipping through time zones on early flights. This all inevitably leads to those days when our eyes are the windows to the truth—that we got 2 hours of sleep and are functioning on two venti dark roasts.
But rejoice: you canfakethe look of eight solid hours of shut-eye. Well-deployed eye makeup is the key to looking bright-eyed and awake, even if you’re running on empty. Here are a few tips for looking ***flawless this summer.
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De-puff Eyes—And Go for Concealer.
Put an end to puffy eyes before applying any makeup; consider this your ultimate prep step. It’s important that you soothe this area before applying copious amounts of makeup—swollen eyes make even expertly-applied makeup look unfortunate. Work on bringing the swelling down, with a cooling under-eye treatment containing caffeine (which constricts blood vessels and increases blood circulation) or the age-old cold spoon trick.
After you’ve treated yourself to a spa-like under-eye treatment, pick your concealer wisely. A heavy-duty, full coverage concealer is worthwhile if you have dark circles, but try to get one that’s waterproof and won’t sweat off or crease during the day. Another option—and probably a better one at that—is to pick up a color-correcting concealer palette with neutralizing tones (you know, those little compacts with green, yellow, and orange shades) that combat specific problems. Yellow and peach-toned concealers will cancel out the purple and blue tones present in under-eye circles without looking heavy and chalky. Look for concealers that call out moisturizing ingredients and things like vitamin C to boost brightness.
Go for Lots of Lashes.
Nothing opens up your eyes more than long, elegant lashes—but keep the rest of your eye makeup minimal. Consider your eyelash curler your new best friend; curled eyelashes immediately open up your eyes and make them look bigger, brighter and more well-rested.
Next, think mascara. Make sure your eyelashes are clean and free of any product residue, as applying more mascara on top of that could lead to clumps—or just make it look like you didn’t take your makeup off the night before. The easiest approach is to apply a lash primer made to hydrate and nourish your lashes, then top it off with a waterproof lengthening mascara.
If you really need a boost, think falsies. If strips are too hard to apply, consider applying a few individual clusters to the outer corners of your eyes. Many brands, like Ardell, have natural-looking styles to amplify the lashes you already have.
The most intensive lash solution—and this won’t work if you only have 30 minutes—is getting eyelash extensions, which can last as long as your natural lash cycle (depending on how well you care for them). This will boost your chances of looking bright-eyed and awake every day, even when you’ve hit the snooze button at least 4 times.
Line Inner Corners With a Creamy Shimmery Shadow.
After you’ve added concealer, brighten up your eyes even further with a shimmery cream shadow lightly dabbed in the inner corners of your eyes. These highlights will reflect light, hide darkness and open up this area in general. If you need an extra boost, apply white eyeliner to your water lines reduce the look of redness and make your peepers look even bigger.
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Ditch the Smokey Eyes.
If your goal is to make swollen eyes look more open, you might want to save the intense, sultry smokey eye look for the evening. Really dark eye makeup looks tend to add more shadow to an area that’s already shadowed with lack of sleep—and we don’t want that. Instead, stick to neutral or light eyeshadow looks to add lightness to your eye area.
Pick Contrasting Shadow Shades.
That color wheel works wonders. To draw attention to your eyes, pick a shadow shade that is across from your eye color on the wheel. As an example, blue-eyed babes should go for eye makeup in shades of brown and bronze (because the complimentary shade is orange).
An overall rule to follow is just not to make your eye color compete with a shadow color that matches. So if you have gorgeous brown eyes, pick something other than brown shadow to show ’em off.
A little highlighter will illuminate your face like no other, and when placed strategically around your eyes, it will instantly make you look more awake and radiant. Dab it in the inner corners of your eyes, on your brow bone, and even on the apples of your cheeks to bring the glow.
Give Your Brows Some Love.
Your eyebrows are the frames of your face, so you’d better make sure they’re on point. Showcase your bright eyes even better by filling in your brows with gel, pencils, creams, or pomades. Ask any makeup artist—brows not only frame the face, but defining them well can instantly make you look livelier and even more awake.
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