How to Get Rid of Dark Circles in Less Than 10 Minutes

by Team ATPB

Fashion Month is taxing for just about anyone – working days are longer, we stay up late going from meetings to parties, we are always in a rush and we eat whatever we stumble upon. So, what does all of this lead to? Skin that appears more tired than usual and eye contours displaying those irritating dark circles which sometimes even a good concealer can’t hide. Don’t panic! We’ve tested some really fast solutions which will get rid of bags and dark circles in less than 10 minutes. Here are the aces we’ve got up our sleeves!

Concealer: Are you sure you’ve chosen the right one?
If the concealer you normally use doesn’t seem to be working, perhaps there is a reason: it’s not the right one for covering the circles under your eyes. Concealer should be 1 or 2 shades lighter than your complexion. You can also find colored concealers that specifically target this delicate area: choose orange for light skin or salmon for darker skin. Use your fingers to apply it, as they work better than any tool to warm up the product. This will help the product blend in with your skin and create a very natural effect which is exactly what you’re going for when trying to cover up bags and dark circles. Alternately, you can use a sponge, which will ensure more coverage. Basically, the important thing is to blend the product very well, starting from the inside and working your way outwards. Once you’ve applied your concealer, cover it with a transparent powder in order to fix the product better and ensure it will stay on throughout the day.

The extra tip: when applying eye makeup, always choose a waterproof mascara. It will not leave dark spots under your eyes, which could draw even more attention to your under-eye circles. That’s also why it is always better to apply mascara to your upper lashes only. Seal the look with an illuminating pen and apply the illuminator along your eye contour. It will brighten and revive your complexion.

The classic “teaspoon in the freezer” remedy: it works!
Place a teaspoon in the freezer until it freezes. In the morning, remove it from the freezer and place the outer, rounded side on your eyes for about five minutes. The cold will help reduce puffiness and relax the skin before applying any makeup to cover up dark circles.

If you love natural remedies, try using tea bags as well. After having had your cup of tea, place the teabags in the freezer for about 10 minutes before applying them directly onto your eyes for another 10 minutes. This will help relax the skin around your eye contour and fight dark circles by reducing puffiness.

Don’t pass up a massage
Try massaging the area using circular, upward motions, and applying gentle pressure. This can help decongest the area and avoid liquid build-up which is actually the main culprit responsible for dark under eye circles. If you do this daily, you’ll notice the difference immediately!

Eye contour patches are a must
If your eyes are tired and puffy, the best solution is to use an eye patch. Here are the best patches we’ve tested for you:

Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks
The plus? These masks deeply moisturize thanks to Dragon Blood (an active anti-inflammatory, healing agent) and Hyaluronic Acid (hydrating, anti-ageing and able to increase elasticity). Arnica reduces the appearance of bags.

Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask by Estée Lauder 
Infused with Advanced Night Repair technology, this treatment immediately makes skin around the eyes appear fresher and brighter. In just a few minutes your gaze will be regenerated and renewed.

TonyMoly Panda’s Dream Eye Patch
Fights dark circles and exerts a decongesting action. This moisturizing eye mask also reduces bags thanks to Bamboo, Aloe Vera and Cucumber extracts.

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