I am officially in hibernation mode. I feel and look tired all the time. Also, my skin is suffering already this season from lack of humidity/cold wind/lack of sunshine. Times like these call for softer makeup (yes, you are hearing this eye shadow-obsessed girl right).
Here are some hints on what has been helping me look bright-eyed every day—I have had the most success with Benefit products, so I’m focusing on my current favorites from the popular brand. (And yes, there are more that I love.)
Every makeup artist you talk to is going to press some eye cream into your hand before you leave the counter. That skin is thin and doesn’t regenerate itself like the other skin on your body. Under eyes have special issues. Treat them right. I love Benefit’s Eyecon. Pat—don’t tug—a little of this white cream on with your pinkie finger day and night, and you can see a difference. (Add a little concealer or Benefit’s Some Kind-a Gorgeous, and you are well on your way).
Still look a little droopy? Try Eye Bright. It’s a thick, whitish-pink crayon for lining the inside corners of your eyes—a makeup artist’s secret to instantly brighten your look. Unlike other white eyeliners, it never leaves you looking like an alien, but beware: A little goes a long way. Also, make sure to color in the little ridge on the inside of your lid—that’s the secret spot.
Last, rosy cheeks are a must. I have trouble with rosy since I flush so easily. I think I’m already on my way to rosacea, so when that is coupled with pink or red blushes, I look feverish—or worse, clownish. I usually stick to peach. Benefit’s Dandelion, though, is like a miracle in a box. It’s a sheer pink blush. I’m convinced Benefit is boxing up the fountain of awake. There’s no shimmer or glitter, but it gives you a glow. It’s subtle but definitely brightens my appearance. It will work on most, if not all, skin tones.
So there you go: some instant brighteners for when you’re not looking all that merry!