How to Look Well-Rested with Brighter and Wider Eyes!

Do you have dark circles, puffy eyes or just a sleepy looking appearance after repeatedly hitting snooze on your seven alarms? Because same. I developed a routine to de-puff and give a highlighted, lifted appearance to my under eye area, while also brightening and widening my eyes! Keep reading to see the list of products I use and the ways I apply them to look more awake!

I always wake up with puffy eyes and the Clinique “Pep-Start” Eye Cream is my go-to for hydrating and brightening! I love it for so many reasons. I’ve struggled with finding the perfect formula to lightly moisturize my under eyes before I apply concealer. Whenever eye creams are too heavy, it will cause whatever you put on top of it to look heavy and crease. This one is so lightweight, while also being hydrating, so it’s the perfect formula for A.M. application! It is cooling to the touch, which helps with de-puffing as well! I’ve also noticed that this doesn’t give me those small white bumps, which sometimes can happen with different eye creams that I’ve tried. I use a small, pea sized amount and tap it on with my ring finger since it applies the lightest amount of pressure! I wait about a minute for it to sink in and then I go onto the next step!

I’ve been using the Becca “Under Eye Brightening Corrector” for a couple years now and I can’t imagine this product not being in my daily routine! If you have stubborn dark circles that show through with even the most full coverage concealers, then you need to invest in a good corrector! This one is a peach color with light reflecting illuminators, which will counteract the blue tones in your dark circles. A little goes a long way with this product, plus it lasts all day long! I apply this with my damp beautyblender underneath my eye and in the inner corners.

After I’ve moisturized and corrected, I apply a full coverage concealer! I always purchase one that’s 1-2 shades lighter than my foundation to give a highlighted effect! My holy grail formula is the Tarte “Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer” (that’s a mouthful!) and it comes in 14 shades so you’re bound to find your perfect match! It is by far the most lightweight, full coverage formula that I’ve ever tried! It truly conceals acne, dark circles and redness so flawlessly! I always use this product with a damp beautyblender to help sheer it out slightly! If you’ve struggled with your concealer wearing off, then you NEED to try this one because it doesn’t fade during the day or look drying!

By this point, I’ve used so many creamy, liquid products underneath my eyes, that I have to set it with a powder to lock it all in and prevent any creasing! I always choose a yellow-toned, matte highlight powder to enhance the brightening effect I’m going for! Even if you have a different skin tone than me, I would still highly suggest checking out the NYX “Highlight Pro Singles” on Ulta.com! These aren’t sold in store, but I always stock up online! At only $5 a pan, they’re extremely affordable and there are 12 different shades to choose from. I was constantly buying the Anastasia highlight refills and then I discovered these, which are just as pigmented! The powder will also help smooth out any fine lines you may have, which is an added bonus!

Now that my under eyes are concealed and bright, I move onto making my eyes look big and awake! On a daily basis, I typically just apply my bronzer in my crease and take a shimmery shade all over the lid. Even when I’m rushing, I will never forget to highlight my inner corners with a shimmery, champagne eyeshadow! This makes the biggest difference in opening up your eyes and reflecting much needed light in an otherwise shadowy area! I love using this L’Oreal “Infallible Eyeshadow” in “Iced Latte” to brighten everything up! I take my pinky finger and dab the shadow on my inner corners, blending it outwards to seamlessly fade into my lid color.

I have round eyes, with a lot of lid space, so I always use eyeliner on the top lash line to help define and thicken the look of my eyelashes! Whenever I don’t put eyeliner in this area, I feel like my eyes look super tiny and tired. My favorite liners to use are the Kat Von D “Tattoo Liner” in “Trooper” for an ultra black, winged liner and I love the Marc Jacobs “Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner” in “(Earth)quake 41” for a smudged out, brown liner look! I also use the Marc Jacobs liner on my top waterline to further define that area, as well as smudged out on the outer corners of my lower lash line!

I’m pretty sure the best makeup secret to opening up your eyes and making you look awake is using a nude eyeliner in your lower waterline! The Tarte “Fake Awake Eye Highlight” is the most pigmented and long wearing one I’ve tried so far! I’ve repurchased it so many times because nothing compares! The nude color will neutralize any redness you have from having your eyes closed all night long. Using a light color in the lower waterline will help widen and brighten your eye. Back in the day, I would use a white eyeliner, but I’ve started to enjoy the more natural effect of a nude eyeliner now! If you haven’t tried this beauty hack yet, you really need to! It makes the biggest difference and I really can’t do my makeup without it!

Do you have any tips or tricks to getting a fresh and well-rested appearance when you’re really just a sleepy gal?! Let me know by leaving me a comment! I love learning new techniques from you guys! Thank you so much for reading, I hope you found this type of product review/routine helpful!

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Concealers Worth Your Money, Honey! 


Most gals wear concealer, but with so many different brands and formulas on the market, it’s hard to know which ones are worth it! I’m sharing my favorite ones that are tried and true! Each of these concealers are ones I’ve either repurchased or will repurchase! 


Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer    

       
I feel like this concealer is great for any skin type, mature or young, pink or yellow-undertone; literally everyone. Urban Decay’s Naked Skin concealer is by far the most lightweight formula I’ve tried. It is extremely opaque, so you can trust it will cover the darkest of under eye circles. Since it is such a lightweight and thin formula, it can be very buildable, without looking cakey, which is always concealer goals. My favorite way to apply this product is with a Beauty Blender because it buffs it into the skin beautifully, leaving behind a luminous, natural finish that luckily doesn’t settle into my fine lines! I recommend this concealer to everyone because it seems to work amazing on every single person that uses it, regardless of their skin type and makeup preferences! I have repurchased this concealer three times and I will definitely continue buying since it’s such a staple in my every day makeup routine! 

    
    

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer

       
If you love full-coverage and long-lasting concealers, then look no further! The brand new Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape concealer is EVERYTHING! I rarely come across formulas that are longwearing, completely opaque in coverage and also hydrating. Tarte released so many different shades for all different skin tones, which is amazing to see on the market! I always go a couple shades lighter with my concealer to provide a brightening effect and I love the shade “Light Neutral” for my medium-olive skin tone. I really think the best part about this concealer is the long lasting capabilities! It will not settle into any fine lines underneath your eyes and it doesn’t budge all day long! The applicator is really large, which helps whenever you’re highlighting with concealer in the “V’ shape underneath each eye. This is another concealer I confidently recommend to people of every skin type and undertone because it just works so well!

     
   

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer

      
I have a full first impression/review on this product here, but this is another one of my all-time favorite concealers. If you have dry skin, I think you would absolutely love this product. It is a very creamy, radiant formula that hydrates the under-eye area. It isn’t full-coverage, but it is certainly buildable. If you check out the ingredients, this concealer is made with hyaluronic acid, which is amazing for tightening fine lines without drying your skin out. Also a lot of Too Faced products have coconut water, which I’ve found to be an amazing ingredient for hydrating my sensitive, dry skin. 

   

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

   

I wanted to mention this concealer because it’s only $14, but has a very high-end, luxurious formula! It’s very creamy and buildable in coverage. I would agree with its description of a gel-serum formula, which really helps with the lightweight feeling! The only problem I have with this concealer is that it will settle into my fine lines if I don’t immediately set it. Other than that, I find myself going back to this product all the time! I love the fact there are SO many shades in the range too! Anyone can find their perfect concealer shade and that makes me very happy! I use the shade “Custard” and find that it has a perfect, subtle, yellow undertone for my skin.  

    

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer    

   

If you want full coverage, with a matte finish and just overall flawless looking under eyes, then you need to get this concealer as soon as possible! The MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is definitely a permanent member in my holy grail makeup collection! I have used this product for the last 5 years and I think I will always have it in my makeup bag! It’s a very lightweight formula, but it’s super full coverage and will hide the darkest of circles! This one also works great on blemishes too! It will not move, fade or transfer throughout the day, so you can rest assured it will last. I wear the shade NC25 and it works amazing to highlight my skin in a subtle way. If you have tried this product and feel like it looks too cakey, I would highly recommend blending it out with a damp Beauty Blender because that really changes the look and feel of it! It’ll be a bit more hydrating too, which always helps if you have dry skin, like me! 

    

I really hope that this post helped you decide with high-end concealer would work best for you! I know these are pricy compared to drugstore, but if you’re someone like me with stubborn dark circles, then you know the struggle of finding a good product that really works! In my opinion, all of these are worth their price tag and really work as well as they claim to! Let me know your favorites in the comments below! Concealers are one of my favorite makeup items to try out and put to the test, so I’m always looking for recommendations to review! Thank you for reading! 

    

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Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer Review!


As a concealer junkie, I’m always trying to find the best and brightest product to put under my unsightly dark circles. Just to give you some insight into the exciting world of my under eyes, they are puffy, discolored and have fine lines; attractive! So when I’m researching new concealers, I not only look for one that has the ability to cover, but also brighten and moisturize. After reading the description of the new, “Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer,” I knew I had to have it! Take a look at the main ingredients, “coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid” are formulated to hydrate, promote youthful elasticity and last for a long time once applied to the skin. It is in the high-end price range at $28, but once you read the many benefits of using this product, it is worth it to receive a skincare treatment and essential makeup item all in one! I think it’s also important to mention that this product is oil-free, so when you’re using it on existing blemishes or if you just have sensitive skin, rest assure that this won’t do any damage!      


So as you can see in the first photo, my under-eye area looks puffy and dark. Not a great overall look. You can’t really tell in the photo, but I also have some serious fine lines underneath there too. I’m not sure if it’s just because I do have dry skin or if I’m just rapidly aging only in my eye area; either or. Once I applied the Naturally Radiant Concealer, I could definitely see that the “Light” shade was maybe too brightening, but decided to roll with it any blend out anyways with my Beauty Blender sponge. Within seconds, this product began creasing and settling into my lines. Although initially discouraged, this happens to me A LOT with pretty much every concealer and I do have strategies to make it work. If you’re noticing that even after you’ve blended your concealer, it still is creasing, take your ring finger (it applied the least amount of pressure) and gently tap on the creased areas and it will remove that excess product, without disrupting your existing makeup.

    

 
Once I blended this product out, I could tell it was a situation that I needed to set with powder immediately in order to prevent further creasing! I used the NYX HD setting powder in the shade “Banana,” which also additionally brightened up this area! Once set, I thought this concealer looked absolutely beautiful! After a few hours, I was absolutely impressed that my fine lines were still concealed and my under eye area felt super hydrated and soft! This continued on throughout the day as well! I was very excited that the concealer stayed true-to-color and didn’t fade or oxidize darker throughout the wear time.

    

I am in love with this product after using it for a couple weeks. I love it for natural looks and I love it for full glam makeup. I find it does have a radiance property to the formula, hence the name! This product blends seamlessly into the skin, making it perfect for those “no-makeup-makeup-looks.” I think this product is going to perform well for any skin type, but especially those with drier skin! I know for me personally, it really hydrated all day long and kept this area plump and youthful looking. What new products are you currently loving? Let me know in the comments below! Thank you so much for reading!  

    

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