Last updated on Nov 4th, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Panda eyes arenâ??t pretty! They make you look tired, stressed and older. Find out how to disguise them…

These bluish-black discolorations are primarily caused by leaky capillaries that create tiny pools of blood beneath the surface of the skin.

Allergies, hormone fluctuations, and vitamin deficiencies worsen the appearance of dark shadows under the eye.
Whilst home remedies, such as placing cold cucumber slices or teabags on each eye, help to reduce puffiness which can make dark circles more prominent, the best way to get rid of stubborn raccoon eyes is to conceal them with make-up.

Start with a corrector

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According to make-up maestro Bobbi Brown, the best way to brighten up extremely dark under-eye circles is to start with a pink- or peach-toned corrector, then layer a yellow-toned concealer.

Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector is a lightweight formula that comes in a variety of peachy shades to liven up tired eyes instantly – simply pat under eyes with the ring finger, allow to dry and apply concealer over.

Use a cream concealer

A cream concealer is usually the best bet to reduce dark circles. Layer the concealer (over the corrector) on the dark areas around the eyes, making sure to blend seamlessly with either a concealer brush or your regular foundation brush. This keeps the texture light while providing enough coverage for problem areas.

Using the foundation brush also minimises the contrast between the concealer and your skin tone by combining the remnants of foundation on the brush with the concealer for a more natural look.
Applying concealer around the eyes, particularly on the hollow sides of the nose (spot next to the eye socket), helps to open up eyes and make them look brighter. Pay special attention to the inner corners of the eyes, ensuring these are well blended. Remember to set with a touch of powder to ensure it all stays put!

Which concealer?
Choosing the right brand of concealer is also important. Shop around to find the one that works best for your skin type and skin tone, bearing in mind that your concealer should be one shade lighter than your foundation. I recommend:

  • M.A.C Select Cover-Up – this highly pigmented formula has a feather-light texture and needs just a dab for full coverage

  • Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch â?? smooth and creamy, this easy-to-apply highlighter pen with a built-in brush works for all skin types

Once youâ??ve found a fabulous concealer â?? and learn to apply it properly â?? the result will be younger, wider, and brighter looking eyes.