Make-up tips for tired eyes - how to hide dark circles and under-eye bags

Look like you’ve had nine hours sleep when you’ve only had five with celebrity make-up artist Sarah Jagger’s tips. You're welcome, Susanna...

 
 
 
 
  • Eye lifting tricks
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 04 January 2015, 18:03 GMT

    With the clocks going forward this weekend, we'll be losing a precious hour of sleep - which, if you weren't already tired, will probably make you feel tired just thinking about it.

    And of course, where does it show? Our face.

    “I've never met a woman who hasn't sat in my makeup chair and benefited from these eye lifting make-up tricks,” says celebrity make-up artist Sarah Jagger.

    “The following tips are quick, easy and can make the eyes look infinitely more youthful, creating the illusion of brightness around the whole eye area- something we can all do with at times, no matter what our age.”

     
     
     

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  • Step 1
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 04 January 2015, 18:03 GMT

    “Choose an eye cream with a rollerball action to cool and lift the eyes,” recommends Sarah.

    “Take it all around the eyes, cheekbones, any area you’re concerned with fine lines, crepiness or dryness. It’s amazing to use in the morning first thing when you wake up – I keep mine in the fridge. The rollerball also gives a mini-massage, so it really does feel great!”

    Try: PIXI 24k Eye Elixir, £22 or Clinique All About Eyes Serum De Puffing Eye Massage, £24.

     
     
     

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  • Step 2
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 04 January 2015, 18:03 GMT

    Before applying eye-shadow, Sarah recommends applying an eye primer using your fingertips. “It stops those unsightly – and ageing – creases and helps the shadow to stick,” she says.

    “Even if you’re not planning to wear colour on your eyes, it’s a great way to camouflage any blemishes or blotches.”

    Sarah recommends: Laura Mercier Eye Canvas (£20.50, John Lewis) or Revlon Photoready Eye Primer (£9.99, Superdrug).

     
     
     

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  • Step 3
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 04 January 2015, 18:03 GMT

    “Using your little finger, apply a light reflecting concealer not just under the eyes, but into the inner corners. This is where your eye is usually its darkest and by concealing it, you’ll be instantly brightened,” says Sarah.

    “Set this with a light powder under the eyes – emphasis on the light, as anything too heavy will highlight lines and crepeiness.”

    Sarah recommends: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (£18.50, Debenhams) or Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer (£7.99, Superdrug).

     
     
     

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  • Step 4
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 04 January 2015, 18:03 GMT

    Now for the eyeshadow.

    “Wash a fleshy tone colour over the whole eyelid using an eye-shadow brush. Use your eyebrows as a guide as to how far to go with the colour, stopping parallel to them,” Sarah says.

    “Next, choose a matte shade – shimmer only emphasises lines or hooded eyes –and brush all the way under the brow.

    “Finally, place a small semi-circle of a pale shimmer under the arch of the brow to give the illusion of higher, lifted eyebrows. Use this same shade in the corner of the eye to widen and brighten.”

    Sarah recommends: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Five Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Dunes (£36, Selfridges) or Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in Sun Safari (£6.99, Boots).

     
     
     

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  • Step 5
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 04 January 2015, 18:03 GMT

    Throw out thoughts of heavy or dramatic eyeliner, as when applied correctly, it can really open up the eyes.

    Sarah says: “Using a brown or black pencil, draw dots at the root of your eyelash and with a cotton bud, smudge the dots so they connect.

    “It’s a great way to apply liner if you don’t have the steadiest of hands and you don’t even have to be neat! It’s a way to define the eyes rather than creating an eyeliner look.”

    Sarah recommends: Bobbi Brown Longwear Eye Pencil in Jet (£18, QVC) or Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Black (£6, Avon)

     
     
     

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  • Step 6
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 04 January 2015, 18:03 GMT

    Sarah says to always curl lashes before applying mascara so every single hair is engaged.

    “Apply your mascara as normal but the trick is to get right to the root. I use a disposable mini fine bristle mascara wand which is small enough to really get to those tiny hairs.”

    Sarah recommends: YSL Babydoll Mascara (£24.50, Debenhams) or Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara (£9.99, Boots).

     
     
     

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  • Step 7
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 04 January 2015, 18:03 GMT

    Finally, end with the brows.

    “People often forget to pay them any attention but they’re the key to a youthful face.

    “Keep them full, rather than thin and naturally fluff them out with an eyebrow brush or even an old toothbrush.

    “If you have gaps in your brows, steer clear of dark pencils and choose a lighter shade to fill in the holes. It gives them a fabulous fullness without looking harsh.”

    Sarah recommends: Mac Eyebrows (£13, Mac) or 2 True Eyebrow Pencil (£1.99 Superdrug).

     
     
     

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  • Eye lifting tricks
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 04 January 2015, 18:03 GMT

    Sarah urges you to use your imagination.

    “Why not get creative? You can use any shades of eye-shadow you like to achieve this anti-ageing effect,” she says.

    “The most important steps are to keep the brows full and the roots of the lashes as dark as possible.”

    With thanks to the Radisson Blu Covent Garden.

     
     
     

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