Caring for your beautiful delicate eyes

Eyes are the most important feature of your face as we tend to notice them first when we look at a person. So how do we make them stand out and look great? For many people, the eye area can be a real problem. This is one of the first areas to show the signs of ageing and is also a problem area for fluid retention.

Here are some tips on enhancing and caring for the delicate eye area:

  • Certain moisturisers should not be applied to the eye area as they cause it to swell up.
  • Separate eye creams/gels are a must if you suffer with puffy or ageing eyes.
  • Hold a metal spoon under cold running water for a few minutes and then gently press it onto the eye area to soothe, cool and reduce swelling.
  • Thin cucumber slices are an old remedy, but still a good one for reducing puffiness and soothing tired, sore eyes.
  • Haemorrhoid creams containing sharks liver oil and/or yeast applied to the puffy area, are fantastic for reducing swelling.
  • Soak used tea bags in cold water for around ten minutes (making sure they are really cool) and place them on the puffy area. Start at the outside of the eye and roll them gently inwards.
  • Elevate your head when you sleep to encourage fluid to drain away from the eye area.
  • Place a slice of raw potato underneath your eyes. The potassium in them counteracts dark circles.
  • Diet, again! Avoid salty foods as these can cause fluid retention.
  • Use eyeliner only on the outer part of the eyelids, smudge or blend your eyeliner with a cotton bud or your finger rather than leaving a harsh line. Never draw the eyeliner on the inner corner of the lower lid, try instead starting the line at the beginning of eyelash growth or even closer to the middle of the eye as this will open up your eye.
  • When choosing eye shadow colours, use a light shade on the upper lid leading up to the brow, a darker colour can be used in the fold of the eye.
  • For a more wide-eyed, innocent look, try wearing false eyelashes but be sure to choose natural-looking eyelashes. Curling your eyelashes with an eyelash curler before applying mascara will give you the same effect as false eyelashes.
  • If brown does not bring out your eyes enough, try using black mascara.
  • Chill your eye pencils before you sharpen them. They’ll be less likely to break.
  • Keep your eyeliner pencils sharp for ease of application.
  • Try a fat crayon, which has a creamy-powdered texture, for a liner that is soft and less severe.
  • Try getting a makeover the next time you’re at a cosmetic counter and ask the person who does your makeover to help you emphasise your eyes.

For puffy eyes or eyes with no defined crease:

  • Apply a touch of black eyeshadow in the center of the upper lashline.
  • Sweep a taupe or natural colour eyeshadow over the crease and slightly above it.
  • Use an eyeshadow shade that’s lighter on the browbones and lids.

Now when the light hits your eyes, the highlighted areas of the eyes will stand out as the crease appears, creased. The upper lids lined with black shadow in the center provides a contrast with the highlighted lid to create more visible lids.

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