8 Tips To Brighten Your Eyes
8 Tips To Brighten Your Eyes

8 Tips To Brighten Your Eyes

Lack of sleep or too much screen time – it doesn’t matter what the underlying cause is, there’s always a way to overcome tired eyes, dark circles and dryness. Dubai-based make-up artists Nina Ubhi and Laure Sejean gave us their tips for getting that bright-eyed look back…
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01

Do Your Pre-Skincare Prep

“I love using a cryo globe, which is a steel ball that is kept in the freezer. I spend a few minutes rolling it around the eye area in an upwards motion to reduce puffiness and help tighten the skin ready for skincare.” – Nina

“I’m a fervent advocate of skin tools, and I've got two trusty faves. Starting with the Fenty Mini Eye Massage Tool, this pocket-sized dynamo is a skin-transforming ritual you can take anywhere. Pro tip: give it a cooling stint in the fridge for an extra dose of bliss. Another tools that helps to mainly fight against fine lines is my magic Red LED Light Wand by Solawave. It gives an instant lift and boost of youth to your under eyes.” – Laure

02

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

“Always ensure your skin is clean and the only product you apply before make-up is eye cream. This keeps the area hydrated and avoids fine lines looking dry. Don’t apply too much eye cream as it can start to sit in the fine lines. Also avoid applying it too close to the actual eye because it could potentially block your tear ducts and cause watery eyes – there’s a lot to consider when prepping your under eyes! A balm texture is best as it’s not overly fluid. I really like the Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. The skin around the eye area is the thinnest on your body so it’s important to be delicate with it.” – Nina

“I love the 111Skin Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Masks as they result in brightened and smooth under eyes. Follow up with the Rodial Bee Venom Eye Cream to erase fine lines, banish dryness and illuminate stubborn dark circles. I also recommend the Saanté Eye Rescue Serum – it has an oil-like texture and locks in that essential hydration.” – Laure

03

Colour Correct

“When you have an olive or rich tone, dark circles can be prominent and a real concern. I recommend applying a colour corrector as the first step for brightening the under eyes. The Charlotte Tilbury Vanish Colour Correctors are always in my kit. I like to mix shades together to create exactly the right shade of colour corrector for my clients.” – Laure

“I generally mix concealers rather than opt for a colour corrector if I can help it. If you have a deeper skin tone, use a warm and brighter concealer in strategic areas so you can lift, conceal and disguise in one go. I recommend the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer.” – Nina

04

Go A Shade Lighter

“I like mixing products to get the finish I want but, if you don’t have the time, for every day I would recommend either Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, which can be diluted with certain tricks if you find it too heavy. These concealers give great coverage and can be used in different ways depending on the state of your skin. If you’re looking to brighten your under-eye area, it’s important to opt for a concealer that is a slightly lighter shade than your natural skin colour.” – Nina

“Begin with a layer of the same skin tone all over your under eye – I recommend the NARS radiant Creamy Concealer – and follow with a second layer on the first half of your under eye, using a concealer that is two shades lighter for subtle luminosity. Place your third and final layer at the very inner corner of your eye, using the lighter shade to create brightness to your eyes. The Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer has a great texture for this process. Don’t forget that each layer should be a very thin one.” – Laure

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05

Pick Your Textures Wisely

“Texture and placement of products are everything. Powdery or pasty options simply don't make the cut. Hydrating concealers are really taking off, and the two I recommend are the Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer and the Tarte Cosmetics Ultra Creamy Concealer. Skip the temptation to blanket your under eyes – it’s so 2017 and counterproductive. Strategic application ensures darkness stays banished, yielding an elegant, flawless finish.” – Laure 

“The most common mistakes people make when trying to brighten their under-eye area are using excessive products and skincare around the eye area, too much concealer and applying too close to the actual eyes. Opt for concealers with hydrating ingredients to avoid dryness and creasing.” – Nina

06

A Nude Liner Goes A Long Way

“I love using nude pencils for the waterline to give the illusion of bigger eyes. It’s not as dramatic as a white liner and complements olive and darker tones much better too. Make Up For Ever does a great nude pencil that can be used for this. I also like to add it to the upper waterline for an ultra-wide-eyed look.” – Nina

“I agree. The key to widening eyes lies in a nude eye pencil on the waterline. My top picks include the Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in Infinite Beige and also the Makeup Forever Artist Color Pencil in Boundless Bisque or Infinite Sand.” – Laure

07

Curl Your Lashes…

“There is a process I swear by for widening the eyes to look more awake. First, I ensure my lashes are clean – it’s easy to forget about the build-up of foundation and other products on your lashes by the time you get to mascara. Then I curl the lashes with the Kevyn Aucoin lash curlers. Follow up with a curling mascara such as Benefit Fan Fest Mascara or Dior’s Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara. The key is to look down into mirror and apply each coat of mascara slowly from root to tip. Wiggle the brush around right into the roots before pulling up through the lashes. If you miss step one by not cleaning your lashes, then you’ll find they can look a bit flat later in day – that’s because of the heavy build-up of product on your lashes before you’ve even applied mascara.” – Nina

08

…Or Lift Them

“Apply your chosen mascara exclusively to the upper half, mimicking the allure of half falsies. I recommend the Sisley So Volume Mascara or the Sculpted by Aimee My Mascara. Introduce a mini fan under your eye while applying the second layer of mascara. This little trick ensures a secure lash lift, opening up your eyes. You can keep your lashes in place with a lash separator brush as a final touch to keep them lifted and wide-eyed throughout the day.” – Laure

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