Bright, alert eyes enhance your beauty and draw attention. The condition of your eyes and the surrounding area affects how young and healthy you appear. Unfortunately, many factors cause eyes to look tired, worn and aged. Make your eyes look their best by eliminating typical problems and boosting their natural beauty.
Although bags under your eyes are a normal part of aging, it doesn’t mean you have to go around looking exhausted. Allergies, lack of sleep, genetics and fluid retention cause baggy eyes. Sleeping enough and with your head elevated might improve the problem. If you suspect allergies contribute to eye puffiness, speak to your doctor about treatments. Cool compresses help reduce swelling. Clean off all traces of makeup before going to bed to reduce irritation. Bloodshot eyes sometimes accompany puffiness. Natural tear-type eye drops help, especially if the problem is low humidity. Avoid over-consuming alcohol since it can increase bags and redness.
Dark under-eye circles can make you look older and worn, according to the Mayo Clinic. The circles have several possible causes, such as shadows from deep-set eyes or puffy lids, lifestyle, genetics, sun damage and irregular pigmentation. Treating and preventing dark circles will take years off your face and bring vitality back to your eyes. Cold compresses help by reducing dilated vessels under the eye. Always apply sunscreen to prevent damage and wear sunglasses. A special cream might improve the condition with the right ingredients. Look for vitamin C, vitamin K, retinol and vitamin E. To hide circles until they fade, use a peach-colored concealer.
Using makeup properly can brighten your eyes, make the color pop and correct any problems. While using contrasting shades can bring out your eye color, Paula Begoun of Cosmeticscop.com recommends using only neutral shades. Use matte shadows to avoid bringing attention to wrinkles. A little light-colored shimmer on the brown bone highlights your eyes. For close-set, deep eyes, add a light color on the inside corner. Eyeliner in dark hues of brown, gray and black makes your eyelashes look thicker. Finish off your eyes with mascara to lengthen the lashes.
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