A Real Eye-Opener

Solutions to perk up your eyes

When all eyes are on you, they start at the top. Your eyes are the first place the tell-tale signs of sleepless, stressful nights show up. The skin around your eyes is the most delicate on your body. Redness, puffiness along the upper lids, under-eye bags and dark circles can be the result of one night out, of partying or a buildup of fatigue over time. The good news is that you can cover up for a lack of Z’s with problem solving eye care products and makeup know-how.

The Morning After
Are you wearing last night’s party under your eyes? As you assess the damage from the night before, use your favorite redness relief eye drops to clear things up. Splash your face with cool water, then follow with a gentle hydrating cleanser and warm, not hot, water. The idea is not to cause any excess irritation to the eye area. Follow with a lifting eye cream that instantly tightens the upper eyelid, and a hydrating, firming eye cream under your eyes to soften fine lines and dark circles. JAFRA’s Pro Eye Transformer offers both treatments in a linked double-tube.

The “Quick “Refreshed Look
Minimal makeup is the best distraction from tired eye issues. Distraction is the key makeup strategy when you don’t have time or energy to bother with primers, concealers and color correcting products. A lightweight moisturizing foundation that evens out your skin tone overall is the best place to start. A soft-hued- blush will add color to your face and draw attention away from your eyes.  Well-groomed brows are also an eye opener. If you have time, define the arch of your brow with a highlighter pencil. To open those eyes even wider, curl lashes and apply mascara. You can also use your everyday liner to make lashes look fuller and give your eyes more of a pop. You can also add brightness to your eyes by lining your lower eyelids with a nude liner.

The Cover-Up
Use a color correcting eye primer on upper lids to create a smooth canvas for eye shadow in neutral matte shades. No bright or shiny shadows until you’re caught up on sleep. JAFRA Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer comes in both anti-redness and anti-yellow formulas.
To cover dark circles, you can begin with a sheer concealer in a color-correcting shade. Purple undertones are camouflaged with yellow, while redness calls for green toned concealer. Follow with a skin-toning concealer. Blend from the inner corner of your eye, working your way out in light layers until you’ve achieved your desired look. Blend between applications.

Daina Hulet spent ten years as the west coast editor for Glamour magazine covering beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She has also written freelance articles for national publications and created content for corporate fashion and beauty websites.


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