3 Makeup Looks for Dark Undereyes

Basically everyone talks about their dark circles. Research tells us they can be genetic, they can be from lack of sleep, or caused by sun exposure. For my twins, the culprit seems to be my thin and translucent skin displaying my underlying purple veins. Concealer does nothing but pool into them. One day, I decided to look them directly in their purple eyes and say: “Hello, I love you, welcome to my face.”

This happened on a trip to London a year ago, when I was jetlagged and sporting some very edgy undereyes. I applied some turquoise eyeliner, smudged it out and made my way to meet a friend at a famous hot cocoa cafe. About 10 minutes into our conversation, my friend complimented the blue liner, and somehow also managed to perfectly compliment my “dark eyes.” “They’re so chic,” she said, or I think she said because I blacked out on account of too much flattery.

There are so many chic ladies who have served up whole looks with dark undereyes. I’m thinking of Angelina Jolie, one of the most ~*iconic~* actresses and celeb humanitarians of our time, Solange, and Lily-Rose Depp making edgy look so effortless. In lieu of concealer, I like to turn out a couple of other makeup looks that complement my undereyes, rather than obscure them. Come with me to the dark side.

Bottom Lash Mascara

The author and her bottom lashes.

Someone once told me that bottom lash mascara makes me “look tired”. If you’ve also heard that sentiment, crumple it up into a ball and throw it in the nearest recycling bin. Good riddance! I feel like going all-in (like really committing to it) on a serious bottom lash look is very capital-F Fashion. A friend texted me that Maybelline Lash Stiletto is the mascara Madison Prewett from season 24 of The Bachelor, and her bottom lashes could cage a man. (But ultimately did not.) A pro-tip is to wipe excess product off the brush with a tissue and start with the brush at the base of your lashes. Wiggle the brush back and forth, moving your lashes and the brush in a sawing motion, until your lashes stand at attention.

A Neon Moment

A little wing for a lot of flight.

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