Dark Undereye Circles!

By Sarah - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hey guys, today I want to dive into the topic of dark undereye circles.

Ain't this cute. Only when it is a baby panda that is! Imagine a world without concealers!

Do note : dark undereye circles are NOT the same as puffy eye bags! (I will talk about puffy eye bags in my later posts, no worries!). I have been dealing with my horrendous and panda looking dark undereyes my entire life! Mine are serious and nasty and most concealers are not full coverage enough to hide them completely (sadly). Now, many people do suffer from dark undereyes but there are different types and various reasons for it. I did some research and I want to share what I have found with you guys. Let's go one by one, shall we?

There are various reasons for dark undereye circles. Such as:

  • Stress. Yes, stress results in tons of problems and dark undereye circles are one of them. When you are stressed, the blood in your body will be directed to your main organs where it is needed the most. Thus, lesser blood to your face - aka a paler looking face. This will result in the darkness of your undereye circles to be more noticeable. Additionally, with stress, your sleeping habits may get disrupted and this will also result in darker undereyes!
  • Broken capillaries. The skin underneath the eyes are considered to be the most sensitive and thinnest area of skin in your whole body. The blood capillaries in these areas tend to be broken easier too, due  to the thin dermis (less protection!). With broken capillaries, the blood will tend to spread out from the capillaries and it will gather underneath the surface of skin. It then oxidises, resulting in the dark purplish looking undereye circles! 
  • Genetics. Sadly, yes. Genes do play a part here too. Some people are just prone to dark circles, like moi :(.
  • Iron deficiencies. With lower levels of iron in the body, the haemogloblin in your blood with tend to be broken down more easily. This will then result in the darker and purplish looking undereyes. Personally, I do suffer from a condition called Thalassemia Minor. This results in my body producing less haemogloblin and I have fewer circulating blood cells than a normal person, resulting in a mild anaemia. Thus, my undereyes are nasty
  • Allergies. Allergies can be a cause for the discolouration underneath the eyes. If this is the cause, do treat the allergy and avoid the allergen! Sometimes, you may be unknowingly allergic to certain foods or  chemical, resulting in constant dark undereyes as well. Do talk to a dermatologist for help to figure out what it is you are allergic to. 
  • Nasal congestion. This will result in the veins around your sinuses to be dilated and darkened - Bam. Panda eyes. 
  • Food intake. Vitamin deficiency (such as Vit K and Vit B12) as well as antioxidant defiencies can be a cause of dark undereyes. To deal with this, try to eat as much fruits and vegetables as you can! I know that this has been preached, but it is true. Loading up on your Vitamins K, A, C and E as well as Iron will definitely help in improving the deep and dark situation goin' on underneath them eyes. 
  • Smoking. Smoking results in various problems regarding the blood vessels which will make them look bluer and more prominent. 
  • Thinning of skin from aging. Sadly, nobody can escape the wrath of aging. Subcutaneous fats and collagen help to mask the blueness below the surface of the skin. With age, the levels of collagen and fat will decrease, resulting in more prominent undereye circles. 

Types of undereye circles:

  • Bluish undereye circles. This is usually caused by your lifestyle (lack of beauty sleep, allergic reactions, nasal congestion, stress etc)! 
  • Purplish/violet/reddish underye circles. This is mostly due to aging and genetics - visible blood vessels are being seen here! 

Now, for some lucky people out there whose undereye circles are not very dark and prominent, a simple concealer or even brightener will help to conceal those circles. However, sometimes a concealer is not enough and the darkness will still peek through. For fuller camouflage, correctors can be used.

How to cover the various types using correctors:

  • For those bluish looking undereye circles, trying using a peach, orangey or even yellow corrector as this will counteract the blue! This is because orange is directly opposite blue in the colour wheel! Some of the correctors I have tried so far include the 
  • For those purplish/reddish undereye circles, aim for a bluish or greenish toned corrector as it will counteract the purple and reds! 
  • Note: correctors should be used sparingly and underneath concealer for a full and flawless coverage! :)
  • Here are some of my favourites! 
Left to right : Catrice All Round Concealer Palette, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, Seventeen Phwoarr Paint in Medium, No brand concealer palette.
(Excuse the fingerprints and all!)

Lastly, I want to touch on the whole issue of creasing of your concealer under the eyes. Whenever makeup products are applied under the eyes, there will be a tendency of creasing. To prevent such a makeup catastrophe (which I have personally experienced too many times to count), here are some of my suggestions:

  • Moisturise your undereye area and wait for at least 5 minutes before applying on any makeup. This will help prep the undereye area for any makeup. Do not add too much eyecream too though, as this will also lead to creasing. 
  • Use your MAC Paintpots (previous post) to prep you undereyes for correctors and concealers. 
  • Use your correctors and concealers sparingly or it might cake up! 
  • Set your undereye area with powder (but not too much!). I liked to use a small stipple brush or a damp makeup sponge to do this so as to control the amount of powder being used. Too much powder will create cakiness and creasing. 

Disclaimer : I am not a professional expert on dark undereye circles. Information given here is based on research and personal experience.

Have a great day ahead! XO.

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