I must admit, being an esthetician, makeup artist, former assistant to a cosmetic surgeon, and a self-proclaimed “beauty junky” have all proven to be surprisingly helpful in my career as a fitness trainer and nutritionist. The majority of my flexible 3d mink blink eye lashes have, at one point or another, asked for beauty tips that I’ve luckily been able to provide.Smnsk
Thank goodness for my everything “beauty” obsession!
And while I do get skin care, makeup, and cosmetic treatment questions from people with varying fitness goals, no one has more beauty questions than the ladies from two specific groups of my clientele: Those getting married, and those preparing for photo shoots.
After answering countless questions asked by my brides and models in regards to everything from breakouts, enlarged pores, and ashy skin, to Botox and lip plumpers, and on to longest lasting foundations, waterproof concealers, and preventing mascara smudges, I’ve noticed quite a few trends.
Since so many of you have similar concerns, I’ve decided to compile these questions into a series of articles outlining the basics of what you need to know to look amazing on your special day.
In this edition of the beauty must-knows, we’ll talk about eyes. Everything from taking care of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles, to accentuating them in just the right way, and making your eye makeup last throughout that important day.
Let’s dive right in!
- What do I do if I get horrible under-eye bags on the morning of my big day?
Getting rid of under-eye bags is more difficult than preventing them, so if you’re prone to under-eye puffiness, I highly recommend a couple of different things. Firstly, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and are sleeping on your back, preferably propped up with a few flexible 3d mink blink eye lashes- you want your head to be as high as comfortably possible.
Secondly, make sure your skin care suits your concerns. There are hundreds of products that are marketed toward people with puffy eyes, but only a few of these work well. Some personal favorites are Fresh Lotus Eye Gel, Patricia Wexler’s De-Puff Eye Gel, and RevaleSkin Replenishing Eye Therapy Cream.
If all the stress leads to some pre-wedding day (or other important event) tears, you’ll most likely still have some puffiness to resolve. In this scenario, the best thing you can do is the following:
Grate a cucumber, drain its juice, and mix with 1/4 cup of strong black tea. Put in the freezer for a couple of minutes, mix well once again, dip two cotton pads into the liquid and place on your eyes. Rest, with your head elevated for 10 minutes (refreshing your cotton pads as necessary). All puffiness should at this point be relieved.
- How do I get rid of my dark circles?
Whether you’re genetically predisposed to dark under-eye circles, or are getting them as a result of the stress caused by your impending big day, this is one concern that’s a lot more common that you’d think!
Drinking plenty of water, getting your sleep, and staying out of the sun and away from alcohol are some of the things you can do to slightly improve the look of genetically thin under-eye skin (which is the primary culprit for this pesky condition). I highly advise you to do all of the above, as there are presently no solid cosmetic treatments that are guaranteed to improve your circles.
The multitudes of under-eye treatment creams claim to contain a huge variety of active ingredients that’ll do everything from mildly inflame the sensitive skin, hiding the highly visible veins beneath it (vitamins C and K are examples), to restricting circulation, thereby making those veins less visible once again.
Cosmetic procedures offered in this case generally consist of fillers – Restylane and Jevederm being most popular – but are only recommended if your under-eye area is “hollowed in” rather than puffy, as they will make it protrude slightly.
For the rest of us, there are always concealers! There’s a great variety to choose from; a couple of my personal favorites are Vincent Longo Creme Concealer and Lancome Effacernes. The VL concealer will moisture dryer skins and has great staying power, and Effacernes is a waterproof concealer with great coverage – perfect for sentimental brides and beach shoots, alike!
Color selection is of utmost importance here; you want a concealer that matches your skin tone, not one that’s too light, as the under-eye area is already bluish, and the result will leave you with a grayish undertone. Don’t forget to blend well, all through both corners of your eye, not just underneath it!
- How do I make my deep-set eyes pop? How do I make my small eyes bigger?
Your eyes should stand out in your photos, even if you’d prefer to make your lips the center of attention. No matter how small or deep-set, there are makeup tricks that will make your eyes pop.The best trick for making eyes appear bigger, is to use a highlighter in all the right spots. Your “highlighter” can either be a champagne, shimmery shadow, or a specialized highlighter made for this purpose (Tarte’s Rest Assured is a personal favorite). You’ll want to apply it to inner corners of the eye, and blend it right along your brows. Once that’s done, you can add dimension to your eyes with shadows and liners.
For events such as weddings, where you want a timeless look, you’ll want to stick with neutral shadows. Bronze and taupe tones work best for women with olive skin or darker complexions, and the lighter ladies are best off going with cooler tones like subtle blues, grays, and silvers. Select two shades of varying depths in the same color family, then use the lighter color to go over your entire lid beneath the brow bone, and the darker color to define the crease.
Line your eyes with a waterproof eye pencil (Urban Decay’s 24Hr is my pick), smudge lightly with a cotton swab, then go over that line with a thin, liner brush dipped in a shadow that’s the same color as the pencil, and blend.
Lastly, don’t forget your false lashes! They’ll add endless drama and lots of definition to any set of flexible 3d mink blink eye lashes.
- My oily skin always makes my shadow crease. How do I keep my eyeshadow from creasing?
The best way to achieve long-lasting, creaseless shadow, is by first applying a base onto which it can stick. Powder foundation can work well in a pinch (especially the mineral versions), but your best option here is to use an eye shadow base.
Many make up brands carry these in their respective lines, with some personal favorite being Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.
- I have wrinkles on the corners of my eyes when I smile. How do I get rid of these crows feet?
Just like lines on any other part of your face, you have a few different options here. Depending on how long you have to prepare for your event, thorough moisturizing of the skin and the use of tretinoin (aka Retin-A) may make quite a noticeable difference – but only if you have at least 6 months to go before your event.Your shorter-term options include a few cosmetic treatments. Restylane is an option for those who have deeper lines, but the ladies with superficial cros feet that are only visible upon smiling will generally prefer either laser resurfacing or Botox. Both treatments are readily available at cosmetic surgery offices nationwide, and if you’re considering any of these procedures, I highly advise you to do your research!
If a trip to the plastic surgeon isn’t on your “big day preparations” agenda, you have another option: Under-eye patches. Many cosmetic companies sell these, and yes, they really are physical patches. They’re generally unusually high in active ingredients, which means they do produce results – but these results are never permanent. Shiseido, Kanebo, Yves Saint Laurent, all have fantastic patch products, but my top recommendation for crow’s feet and puffiness is probably Chanel’s.
Apply these for the prescribed length of time on the morning of your big event, and your eye area should look impeccable for the rest of the day.
6. How do I prevent mascara smudges on my big day? What if my mascara runs when I cry?
It’s not always as simple as using waterproof mascara because oftentimes, waterproof mascaras will smudge even more so than the regular variations would – especially if you have oily skin or are in a humid climate. Makeup sealers will generally work better than a waterproof mascara would on its own, so I highly recommend using a good one, like Benefit She Laq.
Another quick tip for all the blushing brides out there: If you do cry, make sure you don’t wipe the tears right off your eyes. Let the tear roll down your cheek, and wipe it up then. No mascara, sealant or not, can withstand constant rubbing without starting to look like part of yesterday’s flexible 3d mink blink eye lashes.
If you have other cosmetic care and makeup questions related to the eyes, please ask them in the comments section and I’ll include them in the next edition of this column.
Coming next week: Everything you need to know for flawless, glowing, perfect skin on flexible 3d mink blink eye lashes.
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