Sleep deprivation sucks right? Apparently your mouth can lie but your eyes can’t. So whether you’re up mega early, awake several times in the night (or all night!) or just exhausted from never stopping, it can really show in your eyes and make a big difference to how you feel. I heard that parents lose about 6 months sleep in the first two years of their child’s life! And that’s just the first two years – no wonder we all feel knackered!
I think the adrenaline that gets you through the early stages of having a new baby has certainly worn off for me and the cumulative lack of sleep is starting to kick in! Barnaby on the other hand, is absolutely thriving and starting to become a real little personality, so the toll it’s taking on me is definitely worth it.
I thought I’d share my tips and tricks on how to brighten tired eyes!
A basic point but try to use an eye cream, particularly at night. I love Klorane Cornflower Under Eye patches which soothe tired eyes and reduce puffiness. If you have time, you could use a couple of cold wet tea bags for 5-10 mins which can reduce swelling (great for hangovers!).
Take a look closely at yours – are they brown or blue tinged? It makes a difference on which products you use. I love the Bobbi Brown Corrector which comes in peachy shades (for brown dark circles) or bisque/pinker shaders (for blue dark circles). Benefit Erase Paste is also good for most skin tones but tends to be quite pink so better for blue dark circles. Only apply it to the area that is blue/brown – it may look a little odd and not quite blended with your face, but the next step will help. If you skip corrector and go straight for concealer then you are likely to get a grey or dark tone still creeping through. You can apply both corrector and concealer with a flat head concealer brush or just your ring finger
Once you’ve applied a corrector, it may look a little different than your skin tone so you need to pop a concealer on top. I love Laura Mercier Secret Concealer which is nice and creamy, great if you’ve got crepe like skin under the eyes. There are lots of good ones available such as NARS Radiant Concealer (fuller coverage) or more purse friendly options like Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. Apply concealer a little at a time – too much and you can just draw attention to the area you’re trying to hide! Bring the concealer down a little further down in line with your nose (see blue dotted area on the pic).
Once it’s all patted into your skin, apply a little loose or pressed powder (go easy as too much will show up wrinkles!) which should set it for the day.
Use a light reflecting pen just on the area that’s “sunken” so just a line, and then blend with your ring finger. The classic YSL Touche Eclat is great (I would always buy at Boots for the advantage points! Or from a site like FeelUnique or Fabled where you can get good discount codes). Charlotte Tilbury’s Miracle Eye Wand is also great and comes with an eye cream too. There are good budget friendly ones around too like L’Oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light.
Lots of mascara will really open up your eyes and distract the eye from tired eyes. Try not to put too much eyeliner or mascara underneath your eyes as it can cast shadows and make your eyes look smaller. A bit of bronzer and/or blusher also goes a long way to make you look brighter and healther, even when you don’t feel it!
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A Guest Blog from Elizabeth Spry
Elizabeth is a freelance make-up artist, trained at the London School of Make-up, specialising in Bridal and Special Occasion make-up. She also offers make-up lessons and makeover parties. Based in Cheltenham, she is also about to become a Mum for the first time in 2017 and lives with her husband Ben and working cocker spaniel Humphrey. Aside from make-up, Elizabeth is keen on fitness and the outdoors and has a very serious shopping habit. Her make-up philosophy is easy, natural and hassle free make-up that helps people to be the best version of themselves. She also volunteers for the Look Good Feel Better charity, which helps women being treated for cancer face the day with confidence. You can visit her Website or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.