Got something to hide? Whether you haveÂ dark circles because you skimped on sleep or they’re there due to hereditaryÂ or other reasons there’s no reason you shouldn’t look bright-eyedÂ and well-rested all the time. Pro advice and first-rateÂ products willÂ help youÂ see the light.
Lijha Stewart, Director of Artistry and Education at Make Up For Ever says “the type of concealer that best suits you depends on the texture of the skin around your eyes and what your coverage needs are.” If your skin is dry she recommends you avoid powder and concealer sticks as they can exacerbate any dry textureÂ under your eyes. Instead, she likes a liquid or cream concealer for the best, most
Unless you’re a raccoon or a panda bear–and we’re willing to bet it allÂ that you’re not–dark circles are anything but cute. They make you look tired, haggard and older than you actually are.
You don’t have to be sleep-deprived to have dark circles. Washington, DC based, board certified dermatologist, Cheryl Burgess, MD, FAAD says “those with seasonal allergies, eczema and lighter-skinned complexions are more prone to dark circles,” but they can happen to anyone.
With aging there is loss of bony structure around the eye area. This can cause concavities of the skin which absorb light creating shadowing and darkness.
Visibly prominent blood vessels under the skin are caused by red
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There are dark circle correctors, and then there are dark circle correctors (operative word being ‘CORRECT’).
From Clinique’s uber popular Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector ($39.50) to the latest flex-tipped wunderkind, Avon’s Anew Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector ($30), the market is filled — no, littered — with items that promise the supermoon and fall short. But there are those that are the quiet achievers and Avon’s Dark Circle Corrector is one of them. Scientists at the company have worked overtime to create a key ingredient — what they call a Shadow Erase Complex — which includes kudzu root extract and fennel fruit extract that promise to brighten dark circles a
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Who needs airbrushing? You can bid farewell to Photoshop if you try Veil Cosmetics’ debut product, Illuminating Complexion Fix ($36).
A modern shortcut to beautiful skin, Illuminating Complexion Fix is a concealer treatment for the face and eyes, withÂ a svelte dispensing mechanism similar to Yves Saint Laurent’s magical cult classic Touche Eclat. Thanks to their proprietary Lightfast Technology,Â Illuminating Complexion Fix promises mighty benefits–increased luminosity and moisture, calms irritation, targets dark spot production, functions as a featherweight concealer, evens out skin tone, hides blemishes and counteracts dullness.
Lofty promises? Maybe. But the results are pretty dramatic.
The fact is that dark circles are a huge beauty dilemma, and you really need more than aÂ dollop of concealer to tackle the problem. You need a concealerÂ that incorporatesÂ multiple layers of science. Illuminating Complexion Fix aims to solve a lot of problems with one thin layer, which you can build upÂ according to your needs. Lightfast Technology is a proprietary blend of active ingredients that target the production of melanin with ingredients Sephiwhite, Sepicalm and Revidrate. In addition to decreasing dark circles, Lightfast increases moistureÂ in the target area, which is apropos for dryness, lines and aging skin.
Illuminating Complexion Fix is available in 12 shades and provides buildable, water-resistantÂ coverage. In 2013, the line willÂ expand itsÂ offerings with a serum and an eye shadow collection.
The Bottom Line: The golden age of dark circle correctors has arrived. Recently Clinique also debuted its Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, which targets melanin, and it’s good to see that other concealers are starting to identify increased melanin production as a key reasonÂ for dark circles.
If your dark circles are severe, you can do double duty by using Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream ($65) twice daily to lighten up the pigment under your eyelids, and then apply Veil’s Illuminating Complexion Fix during the day. Revitaleyes contains decapeptide technology that has been clinically proven to target lines, wrinkles, dryness and inflammation that contribute to dark circles – all in one handy little tube.
I love the way the under eye area immediately became radiant after I applied IlluminatingÂ Complexion Fix. Finally, a concealer that treats, corrects and delivers buildable coverage! The other aspect of this product which is hands above and beyond the rest is that the concealer offers the choice of neutral, pink or gold undertones in each shade to perfectly match the complexion. This is so important that it makes you wonder why many other concealer brands don’t take this into consideration.
You can choose the concealer that perfectly matches your complexion to give you almost instant results. I also love the Touche Eclat-style pen, which makes it very convenient to apply. For its reasonable price point, the Illuminating Complexion Fix is a no brainer.
FINAL VERDICT: GGI (Gotta Get It)
BY WAY OF: GIFTED
Would you buy it again? YES
Would you recommend it to a friend? YES