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How to conceal dark circle #1

anti-cernes - nars - armani

Dark circles under the eyes are a ‘beauty pain in the ass', whether you're a guy or a girl!

It's a touchy subject and a serious preoccupation: no one wants to live with them, everybody hates them and not many people know how to properly disguise them.

As far as I know, there are two types of dark circles that appear under our eyes:

- The 'ugly ones'☞ that make us look old, tired and worn out

- The sexy ones that intoxicate me so much, I’m forced to sleep with their owner. They give strength and character to the face and are even more erotic when accompanied by bags.

Sadly, this is not an X-rated post and, you’ve guessed it, they are simply ‘not pretty’. Trust me, camouflaging dark circles is a tricky job – you can’t just cut them out with a cookie cutter!

We need to take into account:

☆ the condition of our skin around our eyes. If your skin's dry or wrinkled, opt for a fluid concealer, as it won't further exaggerate the shadows.

Before you apply a concealer to your eye contour, your skin needs to be well moisturized and nourished. And it’s best to carefully massage it in (using a shiatsu technique), as this will de-congest, drain and smooth your skin. You'll immediately look wide-eyed!

Make sure you don't have too much oil on your skin: don't apply a face oil beforehand, as it will dissolve on contact and clog any lines and wrinkles, making them even more apparent.

And if your circles are really bad - very dark or your skin's dehydrated/dry/wrinkled - you may want to apply an eye contour mask or patch beforehand.

We love:

-  Masque contour des yeux anti-fatigue Clarins make one that gets rid of signs of tiredness - great if you're heading out to a glitzy party or dinner at the Ambassador's residence.

- Masque froid contour des yeux 95, Maria Galland, as with the Clarins' version, Maria Galland's mask refreshes and moisturizes the eye contour area and gets rid of signs of fatigue.

- Patch anti-poches/anticernes, by Placentor, the best treatment I know for zapping those dark circles and bags. Something we've already talked about here.

- Masque contour des yeux lissant express retinol by Shiseido perfectly smooths out signs of aging.

☆ The color of your dark circles should determine the color of the concealer you use. The color you choose needs to both neutralize your dark circles and blend in with your skin tone. It may sound fussy, but the last thing you want is to look like an amateur You Tube user doing a really bad Kim K impression.

It's best to go for a tone that's a bit lighter than your skin, as this will brighten your look. Note: I said "a bit lighter" - if you use one that's too light, it'll make your circles look gray and even uglier. .

● if your dark circles are purplish, apply a yellow tone concealer

● if your dark circles are bluish or dark brown, go for an apricot tone

●if you have an Anglo-Saxon 'peaches and cream' complexion, choose a pink tone

If your dark circles are really bad, you can start with a color corrector, which will help to neutralize them; as with a concealer, you'll need to choose a tone suited to the color of your dark circles.

'Color correcting' is the latest trend and I'm expecting it to take over the make-up world. As with contouring, it's not new, but it does require a 'professional touch', which I'll explain in detail in a future post.

Meanwhile, there are some cool products out there - Dior's Color Fix It and Urban Decay's Naked Concealers.

☆ The texture you use is important and depends on the condition of your skin and how much you need to cover.

If you don't have really dark shadows, opt for a fluid texture, which will give you a light covering and brighten your look, thanks to the reflecting pigments these concealers contain.

We love:

Touche Eclat  by YSL is perfect for very light circles (or none at all), as it immediately brightens the complexion.

Voile Correcteur Yeux  by Shiseido works on slightly darker circles. It's moisturising, but only comes in three shades, which is a bit of a bummer.

Accord Parfait Touche Magique by L'Oréal moisturizes and brightens the eye contour area.  It covers well and is great if you want to look wide awake after a night on the tiles.

If your dark circles are pronounced, apply a heavily pigmented, creamier concealer, so as to neutralize any dark discoloration. Beware of pencils or cake concealers! If your skin isn't smooth and well moisturized it will only worsen any imperfections - wrinkles, fine lines, dry skin...

We love:

Retouche Haute Précision by Armani has a smooth, light texture but still manages to erase dark circles, whilst brightening the complexion. And its applicator brush means you can apply exactly the right amount!

Anti-Cernes Eclat, by Nars is one of my favorites. It totally erases dark circles, is easy to apply and is ultra-light. Plus there's a choice of 15 colors - what more could a girl want? If your dark circles appear to have all the colors of the rainbow, you can always apply two colors to get perfect coverage. Just make sure they don't appear 'dry and cakey': it's not often the case, but is so not a good look.

Phyto-Cernes Eclat by Sisley is Alex's BFF: it's easy to use, subtle, covers well and brightens your eyes. It may feel thick to the touch, but it really smooths out skin and perfectly erases dark circles. But there are only 4 shades, which is a drag!

Effacernes by Lancôme is similar - nice coverage, beautifully light, good moisturizing action. It's as good as the other two.

Correcteur de Teint by RMS Beauty also work well, but go for the 'Clean and Green' range. For best results, you should apply them with a small brush.

And then there are the Chanel and  Urban Decay collections.

I'm also going to put my money on Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer by Becca. I've not tried it yet, but as the brand's former global make-up artist, I can tell you it'll be worth its weight in gold!

So there you have it... choosing/using a concealer isn't always as easy as pie and takes quite a bit of effort!

Feel free to ask me if you have questions, and come back quickly with the application tutorial.

Kiss Kiss

publié le Monday 26 September 2016 Tips & Tricks
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  1. Sandra, le 7 September 2016 à 09h14

    Un grand merci pour cet article très complet sur mon sujet de préoccupation du moment depuis la naissance de mon bébé il y a eux mois… Et j’ai le cerne costaud… J’ai juste une petite question, je lis que pour les cernes bleutés mieux vaut un correcteur abricoté alors qu’Urban Decay conseille le jaune avec ses nouveaux correcteurs… Du coup, j’achète quoi pour mes cernes bleus, un correcteur abricoté ou jaune? Merci pour votre réponse et bravo pour vos articles.

  2. Make Me Pretty, le 7 September 2016 à 10h48

    Salut,

    Merci pour ce chouette article :)
    J’ai pour ma part tendance à privilégier les textures fluides même en ayant une hyperpigmentation sous les yeux… Je préfère un produit longue tenue à un produit très couvrant. Donc je ne jure que par le Prolongwear de Mac (et ma prochaine cible est le Age Rewind de Maybelline qui est encore plus lissant et longue tenue (!!!)). Et pour les soins, je me suis concocté un petit roll maison on a base d’aloé vera, d’huile de calendula et d’hydrolat de bleuet. Je l’applique tous les soirs en petite quantité (sinon ça pique les yeux) Ca ne remplacera jamais le maquillage mais pour l’instant j’en suis assez satisfaite :)

    Bonne journée,
    Make me Pretty

  3. AUDREY, le 7 September 2016 à 17h43

    Alors là je suis scotchée !
    Je m’explique : ce matin en appliquant mon anti cerne je me disais que faisais depuis des années les mêmes gestes, avec quasiment le même produit et qu’il était peut être temps pour moi (et mon âge qui avance….bientôt 40 ans) de revoir ma copie !!!
    Après la lecture de cet article (et quelques pistes pour acheter un nouveau produit), j’attends le tuto d’application de l’anti cerne avec impatience !
    Merci Nelly

  4. Palmot Vanessa, le 8 September 2016 à 09h20

    Bonjour,
    Sais tu quel anticerne est conseillé pour les pezu noir? J ai un teint type chocolat au lait et je me demandais si je devais utiliser des anticernes de couleur aussi ou directement du marron clair?
    Merci

  5. Spori, le 8 September 2016 à 16h58

    Bonjour,pour ma part j’ai découvert celui de Revlon le colorstay qui va très bien.
    Merci pour vos rubriques pro.

  6. Vivier, le 8 September 2016 à 20h17

    Bonjour, comment bien choisir la couleur de son anti cerne ? La carnation du dos dû poignée est elle similaire à celle du visage ? Merci

  7. Nelly C., le 8 September 2016 à 21h50

    @Catherine L’anti-cernes s’essaye sur le cerne, en aucun cas le dos de la main ou le poignet ne sont appropriés.
    Pour bien le choisir, il faut le tester impérativement sur la partie colorée du cerne, la teinte doit neutraliser l’ombre, apporter de la lumière et aussi matcher avec la peau du visage.Bonne soirée.

  8. Nelly C., le 8 September 2016 à 21h53

    @Vanessa Si je ne vois pas votre cerne je ne peux pas vous conseiller une teinte, en revanche vous pouvez aller chez Nars, Mac, Becca. Ces marques proposent un grand choix de teinte pour les peaux noires. Belle soirée.

  9. Amelie, le 14 September 2016 à 13h01

    Après avoir lu ton post, j’ai troqué mon Touche Éclat de YSL pour l’anti-cerne Éclat de NARS et je suis Épatée!!!
    J’ai l’impression de rajeunir de 5 ans chaque matin apres l’application!
    Merci merci.

  10. Sumera, le 21 September 2016 à 10h44

    votre article est très instructif et je l’ai obtenu de très bon conseil de vous.

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  13. Trixie, le 10 January 2017 à 17h04

    Now I know who the brainy one is, I’ll keep loonkig for your posts.

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