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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

How to Deal with Dark Circles... the truth!

How to deal with Dark Circles... the truth! Fake Fabulous

Have you ever opened a magazine ready to enjoy a bit of page flicking only to be confronted by a seemingly innocent article that leaves you lost for words?

This happened to me today.

I opened a popular magazine and came across this headline:

Cover up Dark Circles

Oh, this one's for me!

I love a makeup tip.
In fact, I love makeup!
This would be an interesting read.

Then I looked a little more closely...

What can I say?
The models on the page look about the same age as my youngest daughters.
Maybe 15?
No older than 20 anyway.

They're beautiful.
BUT...Dark circles?
Give me a break!


I hope you've not just eaten because THIS is what a REAL dark circle looks like people!

{Brace Yourselves}

How to deal with Dark Circles... the truth! Fake Fabulous

After reading this 'Dark Circle Covering' article and looking at the £160 worth of products they say you need to tackle the problem (really??) I got a little mad.

For many women this insane marketing has us hooked.
We look at our ageing faces and wonder...

"I know it's crazy and makes no sense BUT what if I buy this particular product and it turns out to be THE ONE?
Will this recommended product combination/technique be the holy grail?
Will this regime be the secret to a younger looking face?"

The short answer is NO.
Sorry ladies.

No matter how much you spend on products and/or procedures you will NEVER look like the girls in these photos.
In fact, you'll never look like anything other than an older woman who has had some work done to her face OR who takes great care of her skin.

Only the truly genetically blessed ACTUALLY look younger than they are.
The Yasmin Le Bons of this world (she is beautiful!).
She's in her 50s and looks amazing.
I know she has amazing makeup and perfect lighting BUT good genes go along way too!
Check out this video of her with my favourite makeup YouTuber:

After reading through this article I decided to embrace my bags, lines and circles and give their "Cheat Sheet" a good go.
Maybe they didn't have any stock photos of real dark circles?

I'm a 45-year-old who hasn't had a proper full nights sleep for...hmmm... probably 25 years so this could be my saviour.

I have REAL dark circles.
A proper challenge for this technique.

I'm not too bothered about my eyes BUT I still like to put makeup on most days.
Not because I think it makes me look younger (if often has the opposite effect!) but because I enjoy the process of applying it.
Putting on makeup is relaxing and enjoyable.
Experimenting with colour is fun, regardless of my age or how old my face looks.

{I know that I look fresher with nothing on my face but it doesn't stop me!}

Today I did my own research.

I followed the steps and their product recommendations (or close enough).
This was a pro-attempt to cover my circles.
What could possibly go wrong?

It started out okay...

The steps were simple.
Very light layers of the products tapped gently into the skin.
No sweeping motions.
No heavy powder application.
It made sense to me.

  1. Eye cream lightly tapped on.
  2. Colour corrector on the dark areas.
  3. Thin layers of concealer applied in a V shape.
  4. A very light dusting of powder.
{I've got nothing else on my skin in these photos just clear mascara on my brows and lashes and a light taupe matt eyeshadow. No foundation. No liner. Nothing else.}

How to deal with Dark Circles... the truth! Fake Fabulous

Everything looked pretty good for about 30 seconds...
Then I smiled.
Oh my goodness.

The crinkles around my eyes instantly cracked up into and ageing cake face.
Imagine how this would look after a few hours.
Not great.

How to deal with Dark Circles... the truth! Fake Fabulous
How to deal with Dark Circles... the truth! Fake Fabulous

The theory seemed spot-on (light hand, tapping etc) but it wasn't working for my face.

So... I threw away the cheat sheet and did my own thing on my other eye!
I covered my circles the way I normally do.
How to deal with Dark Circles... the truth! Fake Fabulous
How to deal with Dark Circles... the truth! Fake Fabulous

Definitely better.

FAR FROM PERFECT (of course) but I am not perfect.
I'm 45 and my face is, well, 45!

All I did differently was to ditch the V shape and only applied corrector and concealer on the dark bits with a small brush. Tapping them into place with my ring finger.
The same products.
The same light hand.
Just no V.

I'm not going to bother to share the specific brands because it seems pointless.

  • Just because a product works for me doesn't mean it will work for you.
  • We all have a few (read: too many!) cosmetics kicking about and don't need to buy anymore.
  • Most products are very similar regardless of their price tag or the hype surrounding them.

Just use what you have and experiment.

The truth about dark circles is that nothing can get rid of them.
Diet and a healthy lifestyle can help but if you're genetically gifted with dark circles then you're stuck with them.

You don't need to buy a magic cream or a new concealer.
Just use what you already have.

Forget 'clever' techniques and focus on what feels right.
You know your own face better than anyone.

Personally, I think less is more.
A light hand is more forgiving and flattering.

But you might like full coverage and using the full shebang!
Go for it if you do!

Sometimes I forget about what's supposed to be flattering and just have fun regardless.
That's what it's all about, right?

No amount of makeup can hide who we are.
Maybe in an Instagram post (or from a distance) BUT when someone is standing next to you they are well aware of what's going on with your face!
Embrace it.

What do you think?
Are you a sucker for a 'New' and/or 'Miricle' product?
Do you have FOMO (fear of missing out) when it comes to beauty?
Are you searching for the next big thing?
Or, are you happy with your lines and embrace your older face?

Do you love makeup like me?
So many questions and I'd love to know your thoughts!

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  1. I enjoy applying makeup but never really bought into the ' miracle cream' thing. I agree that genetics plays a huge role in how we look. I get the occasional dark circles. Sometimes I use cucumbers because they feel so cool. Not sure they help the dark circles but they're 100% natural and biodegradable, so I don't really care.

    1. I love a cucumber slice too Loree! They really work well and just the act of lying still for a while feels great. Very good for us. Looking at the ingredients is always a good idea. Sometimes the cheap products are the same as the expensive without the advertising budget!! Xxx

  2. Yeah, layering tons of products only works if you are doing makeup for a photoshoot and not planning on actually wearing it in real life because photoshoot makeup looks WILD outside, haha. I have had dark circles since I was young, but they don't really stress me out. I just lightly covered them with a concealer a shade lighter than my skin and that does the trick.

    xoKaelen |

    1. I agree Kaelen! Much like stage makeup.... Great on stage, scarey in real life. Xxx

  3. I really enjoy your posts about makeup and products, love to read a realistic point of view (with humour!)
    I don't wear makeup usually (only lipstick and sunscreen!), so don't know a lot about foundations or concealers. Having age spots bother me sometimes, but I've decided not to care too much!. And my favourite concealer is to wear sunnies! even into the supermarket! ;DD

    1. Thank you so much Monica! With shades and lippy what more do you need?!?! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’‹

  4. Companies really shoot themselves in the foot, using teenage models for mature products, don't they? haha
    Drinking lots of water used to make a difference for me, but as time passed I needed to add a fairly effective concealer... until flash photo's revealed brilliant semi-circles under my eyes - a kind of weirdly reverse panda! Su

    1. The models are completely stunning and a million miles away from my face. Give us real eyebags and proper dark circles and we'd be shopping in our droves! ๐Ÿ˜ŠXXX

  5. Thank you for the video! It was wonderful!
    You are incredibly wise Sam. I agree with all the points you've made about makeup and the uniquely individual nature of what is used and how it's used. I find your frankness completely charming and very convincing.


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