The curse of being a modern woman – not only do you have to work hard at an amazing job, spend time with your friends, be a good daughter, have a boyfriend, and somehow find time to go to the gym, you also have to do all that and not… look… like you’re not freaking tired all the time? Uhmm… How…? Well, that’s why the beauty gods invented all these products. Yes, it’s stupid that we have to spend money to fulfill some sad myth of “making it look easy” while “having it all”. But also, if we want to not look at tired panda faces every time we pass a reflective surface, then THAT IS OUR PREROGATIVE.
Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer, Fenty Beauty, $38
If there is a busy woman who is doing it all in this world, it is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. So if there’s anyone who feels our dark circle woes and has us covered, it’s this Grammy-winning musician/beauty mogul/creative director/actress/philanthropist/social media queen. This liquid concealer is designed to be extra lightweight for the delicate eye area but offers a crazy amount of coverage. Get ready to be sickening, even when you feel like shite.
L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal in Orange Corrector, $17 (U.P. $23), Lazada
If you don’t want to fork out a ton of money to hide your undereye circles, L.A. Girl’s range of concealers would work for you. The formula is easy to blend, offers a decent amount of coverage, and won’t dry out your under-eye area. Remember to set it with a powder so you don’t get creasing in your fine lines at the end of the day. The orange shade is also really good for those with deeper skin tones, as the redness really cancels out ashy shadows under the eye. (To learn more about colour correcting, read this!)
Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment, $60, kiehls.com.sg
Are eye creams a myth? Are they formulated differently from serums or are they just serums in smaller packaging? Obviously the answer is different depending on what particular product you’re talking about, but this one has Pro-Retinol and Vitamin C which are active ingredients that are proven to work for the skin. If the skin under your eyes is dry and kind of crepey, we say it couldn’t hurt to give them an antioxidant boost.
Herbivore Botanicals Jade Facial Roller, $44
Puffy, swollen eyes can contribute to greater shadowing of the under-eye area. To depuff, stick a jade roller in the freezer for a few minutes. Apply your eye cream while you wait then use the cold roller to gently massage the product in. Works better than a spoon because natural stones like jade hold the cold better. In just a few minutes you’ll have smoother skin and fresher eyes.
Benefit Roller Eye Bright Pencil, $35
Unless the aim is to go out looking like Edie Sedgwick – in which case, you have our full support – the days of using a pure white pencil on your lower lash line to “open up your eyes” are over. In real life, a pure white ends up looking too harsh and super obvious, but that doesn’t mean that the pencil trick is completely out. You can create the illusion of wider, brighter eyes with something much softer and more natural – like this pinky, peachy pencil from Benefit.
DHC Pack Sheet Eyes 6 Pack, $22.90, Watson’s
If you’re prepping for an event and really just want to baby those dark eye circles, then an undereye mask won’t hurt. The skin under our eyes is super thin and delicate, so it tends to get drier and, thus, wrinkles more easily. A short-term fix for that would be to intensely hydrate the skin with an undereye mask. Just remember to pat away any excess liquid before starting on your makeup.
Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light, $398, SkinInc
A more long-term fix would be to invest in an at-home LED light therapy device. These high-tech beauty tools were inspired by NASA’s use of LED lights to aid growth and healing – in space! So in spite of how New-Age-y LED light devices seem, there’s real science to back their beauty benefits. Different light wavelengths are supposed to help not just with skin texture and smoothness, but also make your skin more dewy and even brighter, too.
Cyxus Blue Light Filter Computer Glasses, $19.90, Amazon
For the truly paranoid and/or the truly phone-addicted, you might also want to try blue light filter glasses. We do tend to hold our phones worryingly close to our faces… a lot… And although experts haven’t quite decided if that’s actually harming our skin, if you’re the paranoid sort, better safe than sorry. But even if you aren’t, blue light is proven to negatively affect our sleep. Aaaand we all know bad sleep is a recipe for dark eye circles.