Waking up Tired Eyes


I'm sure I'm not the only one who wakes up some mornings, looks in the mirror and wonders how my eyes look more tired than when I went to bed. I suffer from quite bad dark circles and most of the time they require a bit more than just a covering of concealer. Although I'm not loyal to many eye products such as cream, concealer or powder I'm am very loyal to the way in which I use the products to counteract those nasty dark circles. To cover up my dark circles and make me look more awake I like to use really brightening products and lighten up the area, which doesn't just wake up the eyes, but brightens up the face. Honestly, you won't believe how many times I've said 'brightening' in this post, haha!

Eye Cream, Bourjois java rice powder, soap and glory hocus focus, bourjois cc eye cream, benefit cream shadow rsvp

 This first product I start with to waken up my eye area is a good hydrating eye cream. Although you can buy dark circle reducing, eye brightening and de-puffing eye creams I like to focus on hydration as this prevents fine lines and helps makeup sit better around the eye area and not look cakey. At the moment I'm using the Eucerin Aquaporin Active Eye Cream and it's amazing. If you have any dryness around the eye area you need to try this, it cleared mine up after just a few uses. The initial consistency is quite thick but it instantly melts in to the skin and adds moisture.

Next I use one of my favourite highlighting products, Soap and Glory's Hocus Focus. You can use this pretty much anyway you want on the face; mix it in with your moisturiser, foundation, use it as primer, use it as an under foundation highlighter or over foundation highlighter. It has so many uses. I love using it directly under the eye area, over my primer, in a triangle shape. You only need a little bitt to instantly brighten up the eye area. Although it doesn't cover any darkness around the eyes the pearlescent finish it gives counteracts darkness and really brightens up the area.

I always put my foundation on before concealer as I think this helps prevent you over using concealer and gives a true representation of how much you actually need. When it comes to concealing under the eyes I always use a brightening concealer, and normally one that states it for dark circles. I much prefer this as it doesn't just cover the circles but brightens the area too (can you see I'm all about brightening, haha). I'm currently using the Bourjois CC Eye Cream which has great coverage but is really light too.

To set the concealer in place and prevent it slipping throughout the day I like to use a really light, loose powder as this prevents a heavy look under the eyes but keeps everything in place. My current favourite is the Bourjois Java Rice Powder. It's a translucent powder containing micro shimmer so (again) brightens up the eye area. I actually can't get enough of this powder, I love it. I always use a micro fibre brush to apply it as if you apply it too heavily you get the disco ball effect under your eyes!

On days when my eyes are looking really dark and tired I tend to stick to light eye shadows with a bit of shimmer to waken up the area. I pay particular attention to the inner corners, using a cream eye shadow like the Benefit Cream Shadow in RSVP to give a really subtle look.

How do you waken up tired eyes?

Kelsey xx


  1. I really like the Bourjois CC eye cream! I also love the Bobbi Brown Corrector and the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen xx

  2. I have the worst undereye circles. I've never heard of the Soap & Glory Hocus Pocus before, but I'm interested to try it out!

    whatlaurendidtoday.blogspot.co.uk xx

  3. I usually just dab some concealer underneath but that bourjois eye cream looks interesting! I also pay particular attention to my inner corners with a brightening shade of shadow :)

    Jade x
    Beauty Butterfly | UK Beauty Blog

  4. I really need to use some of these methods on a morning. My eye area often resembles a black hole. I do love the Max Factor CC crayon to fix it but love the idea of using the Java Rice Powder to set it all for added brightness.


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