Under-eye puffiness is when the area under the eye is raised and puffed. Because it is raised and stands out away from the skin, the fact that you are usually lit from above accentuates the puffiness, by creating a shadow underneath the puffy area. This draws, even more, attention to your problem. You cannot improve the appearance of under-eye puffiness by swiping a light concealer under the eye area because anything we lighten just stands out even more. Our goal is to disguise the puffy area, not make it more prominent.
You can outsmart the puffiness by highlighting the shadowy area just underneath it. This helps to bring it out and make it appear even with the rest of the face, not indented. Because most people look directly at you and not from above, your puffiness will appear even with the rest of your skin.
Use these quick four steps to disguise under-eye puffiness.
- First, apply your foundation. The process of disguising the puffiness starts after you apply your foundation.
- Next, take a highlighting pen and apply it just underneath the puffiness, right where the shadow is being created. Be sure not to extend the product up onto the puffy area, because it will just make it look puffier. The highlighting pen has light-reflecting properties, which make the recessed area appear to come forward, so it’s even with the rest of the face and we do not see the indented area.
- Now use your ring finger to stipple (a patting motion) along the highlighted area. This will blend in the color and texture of the highlighter, making it invisible.
- Lightly powder and move on with your life. Remember, you want this to look natural, so don’t over powder!
If you have dark circles as well as puffiness, which some people do, you’ll need to take one extra step in your application to achieve perfection:
- Apply concealer to your dark circles first, be sure to apply it only to the discolored skin and then stipple the edges to blend.
- Next, apply your foundation.
- Now, apply the highlighting pen right underneath the puffiness, where the shadow is being created.
- Use your finger to stipple along the highlighted area, to blend in the color and texture of your highlighter, making it invisible.
- Lightly powder, and you are done!!!!