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Covering Under Eye Bags

The under eye area can be replete with problems. Whether itís discoloration, puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles or bags, most people live with imperfections under the eye area. There are a number of ways to deal with these issues, from skin care to plastic surgery. But many can be significantly minimized or covered completely using cosmetics.

One such problem is under eye bags. Using the right technique, under eye bags can be significantly diminished.

Eye Cream Containing Caffeine
If you tend to wake up with puffiness under the eyes, start by applying an eye cream containing caffeine to reduce puffiness. MAC Fast Response or First Aid Beautyís Detox Eye Roller are two examples and are popular brands.

Cover Discoloration or Darkness First
If you suffer with discoloration or darkness under the eyes, be sure to cover that first. Because darkness under the eyes tends to look purple or blue, try using a peach-colored corrector to minimize the discoloration. Blend it well and cover with concealer or foundation. If you don't need a color corrector, simply cover the area with concealer. Apply only enough to cover darkness or discoloration; applying too much may look heavy and emphasize any fine lines or wrinkles.

How to Conceal Under Eye Bags
The next step starts after applying color correcting products, concealer and/or foundation to the under eye area. The technique is simple, but it's important to get it right if you want to conceal bags.

First, start with a concealer about two or three shades lighter than your skin tone. Second, youíll need a small brush.

Under eye bags protrude, leaving a shadow beneath them. To create the illusion of flatness, take your brush and paint only the shadow with a small amount of concealer, using short, deliberate strokes.

Layer the concealer until you are satisfied with the level of coverage. Avoid using the concealer on the puffiness itself, keeping in mind that light colors highlight features. Therefore, applying a light concealer to the protruding area of an under eye bag will actually make it look larger.

The technique is quick, effective, and easy to learn. It just takes a little practice. The most important thing to remember is to apply a concealer two or three shades lighter only to the shadow - not the puffy, under eye bag. Doing so should greatly diminish the look of under eye bags.

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