I tend to watch cosmetic gurus and MUAs on Youtube over breakfast, in the evening, some more in the evening..
Well all in all i’ve watched some videos!
I was happy that Ania mentioned panda eyes in her comment this week!
Because besides eyeshadow application and being jealous of other people’s eyes, one of the biggest things I learnt from these vids was how to work with natural shadows on the face!
Here’s a summary and little demo of what I discovered:
What are panda eyes?
If you have some discoloration under the eye, you’ll probably get away with using a pigmented concealer all over.
However if it’s bags you’re struggling with, those consist of two things:
- A puffy area that stands out and catches the light
- And a sunken area that has a shadow cast onto it
Then you can imagine, just applying a light concealer over that entire area, the risen as well as the sunken area, will look weird!
It really just pulls everything foward, even the area that’s already puffy!
Aka panda eyes!
So do you have dark circles or bags?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing foundation or not, bags will show up anyway.
So feel free to go oogle yourself right now!
Looking straight ahead, or even pointing the chin up a little, if there’s no discoloration to be seen your dark circles are in exquisite shape!
Okay now point your chin all the way down, with your eyes pointed forward, if you see rings appearing: you got you some bags!
Example on myself:
Oh how perky we are, yaaay perkyyy!
Not really discoloration.
Gotta love posting unflattering pics online.
Anyway, so I have bags.
Now, how to get rid of them!
Whatever concealer you use for your dark circles, a finger (really any finger), a pigmented cream concealer that’s a bit lighter than your skintone, a tiny brush.
I’m really enjoying the the Real Techniques fine liner brush for that purpose at the moment.
What to do with them
Look at your eyes and don’t apply concealer all over!
1) First the dark circles
Apply concealer with your finger or a brush where you need it, for the discoloration itself.
So I enjoy using a salmon concealer on the inner, and outer corner to solve that.
2) Then the bags
Point your chin down again, and apply the cream concealer on the areas that are sunken in, which will visualy lift them up to join in with the other areas.
I only heard about this technique very recently, through Wayne Goss on Youtube!
Feel free to be as precise with this as you like!
Some days I don’t conceal my bags, and sometimes I just apply a little on the outer edge, where the biggest dent is.
That already makes a huuuge difference for me.
That’s no Photoshop, just some light concealer on the sunken parts of the bags!!
Try it, and let me know just how perky you look after. ;D
Posted on January 23, 2013, in Box o' appearance and tagged bags, blue, brush, concealer, dark, diy, easy, erase, eye, how to, panda, purple, real techniques, red, salmon, sunken, tired, vanish. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.