Not too long ago, I heard about a little beauty hack that piqued my interest — basically, it claimed that dabbing red lipstick under your eyes prior to applying concealer would erase dark circles like a boss. Something about the red pigment of the lipstick offsetting the blueish tones in the skin or whatever (details, details). Naturally my first thought was "What kind of wizardry is this??" which quickly morphed into "Where's that red lipstick I had in my pocket yesterday?" Clearly I was a woman on a mission. I just had to know if it worked, so naturally I dropped everything I was doing and rushed to the bathroom to micellar-water the crap out of my under eyes. I am, after all, nothing if not a ginuea pig for you guys.
"Something about the red pigment of the lipstick offsetting the blueish tones in the skin or whatever." (I'm a poet)
So as soon as my under eyes were clean and moisturized, I got to dabbing. And believe me when I tell you that it was a terrifying sight. Coincidentally, my little experiment occurred right after a marathon session of Forensic Files, which really didn't help matters, but once I started to apply the concealer over top the bloody mess I had created under my eyes, things started to look up. Everything shifted toward a brighter (albeit slightly more pinkish) hue that, no matter how you slice it, is much better than dark, menacing circles.
If you're wondering what products I used specifically, I paired MAC's 'Chili' lipstick with my trusty Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer (say that five times fast) and was pretty impressed with the result. And after a few more tries, I think it's safe to say that 1) this trick is best used only in desperate, up-all-night-watching-reality-television situations where regular concealer simply won't do, and 2) a light-handed application of the lipstick is always best (unless you think pink eye is a look worth pursuing). xx
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