12 Tips For Accentuating Your Eyes With Eye Shadow

In the words of the song “accentuate the positive, don’t stress the negative” and this is so true when it comes to eye makeup.

Properly applied, it can hide those first signs of aging, add drama to your features and draw attention away from areas of your face you are not so happy with.

In short, eye makeup and the way you apply it can transform your look, find out how with our twelve simple steps. You may need a little practise but you will be glad you persevered!

Our 12 Top Tips!

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Choose the right eyeshadow for the color of your eyes and for the outfit you are wearing

  1. Use your normal foundation on your eye area before applying any eye makeup. If you are using concealer for dark, under eye circles, follow our tips on applying this correctly so that you get the perfect, even base to work on when you start with your eye shadow.
  2. A gentle touch when using your eye makeup brush is essential and you must blend your shades carefully to avoid an unnatural look.
  3. To achieve a more dramatic look, dipping your makeup brush into water, then wiping it once across a clean facial tissue before brushing it over your chosen eye shadow color will give a much more intense and dramatic effect when you apply this to your lids.
  4. Wear the right color shadow for your eyes and the outfit you are wearing. Remember that when you have a tan, some colors will suit you better than when you are paler.
  5. For Blue eyes, choose blues, grays, violet and taupe for a more natural look. For evening wear or more dramatic effect, add in silver, pink or turquoise tones.
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Dark Circles Caused By Allergies Try Antihistamines

Dark circles, shadows and rings can have many causes including facial trauma, infections, inflammations, aging and allergic reactions.

As explained in our article about allergies, there are many practical things you can do to alleviate the symptoms of your allergies and improve those under eye circles.

In this article, we will look at treating this problem using antihistamines which you have probably heard of in conjunction with treating hay fever, insect bites and stings and nettle rashes.

People who are allergic to some foods, pets and animals and other airborne or environmental factors, are likely to develop this kind of skin problem. Normally, when an irritant or toxic substance comes in contact with a sensitive part of the body, the body sends antibodies to affected areas. These antibodies help to fight against allergens.

The process that leads to the person affected developing rashes, itching, runny nose and other discomfort as a result of an allergy is very simply and clearly explained in this excellent article if you would like to read more about it.

In simple terms, histamine production caused by the allergic reaction leads to continuous itchiness, fluid retention and inflammation around the eyes that can result in the development of those under eye shadows.

Treatment using Antihistamines.


allergies can cause many problems, including dark under eye circles

First of all, take a moment to check out the practical steps in our article about allergies.

Of course, the most simple answer to the problem is to keep away from the source of the allergic reaction – but practically, this is almost never a possibility for the majority of us. So whilst taking the practical steps we outline, will certainly help in minimising the effects, if you are already suffering from this eye discomfort, then a perfect medication to use is antihistamine.

However, even if you are sure that allergens are the culprits in your case, before you start taking this medicine, please read through the information below to be sure that this type of remedy would be appropriate for you. Continue reading

Dark Circles, The Primary Beauty Concern For Many Women

It seems that facial cosmetic procedures are still the most popular aesthetic treatments performed. It is very interesting to note how our perception of our looks changes as we grow older. There was an interesting article in the May edition of the American Aesthetic Surgery Journal which showed that :

  • For twenty-something women, is was their nose and skin that they most wanted to change/improve
  • For women in their thirties and forties, it was the area around their eyes which they most desired to rejuvenate and improve.
  • For women in their fifties, the eye area was also a major point of concern as was the jawline.

So it seems that for a large age group of women (in particular), the eye area is of more concern than other areas of the face. This is borne out by a survey done by Clinique, quoted in the NY Times, in which almost seven thousand women said that their primary concern was dark circles under and around the eye area.

Treatments available range from creams to lighten the skin, under eye injections of Restylane, treatment with light, whether this is IPL or Laser and a cosmetic procedure known as Blepharoplasty.

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I think that laughter lines add character to a man's face!

Another eye problem that many are concerned about is the so-called “crow’s feet” that appear at the corners of the eyes. Personally, I prefer to call these laughter lines although there is no doubt that on my husband’s face, they confer character and make him look more ‘interesting’ – whereas on my own face, when I peer in the mirror, I feel they just make me look older.

These lines are causes when the skin’s elasticity diminishes, due to a loss of hyaluronic acid and collagen. A quote I read by Doctor Natalie Blakely in a Daily Mail article said that

‘We lose 80 per cent of our natural hyaluronic acid between the ages of 40 and 80,’

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Eye Exercises, Avoid The Strain Of Modern Living

Despite claims from researchers and health experts that sitting too long in front of a computer screen or TV for extensive periods is damaging for our eyes in the long run, there is not a whole wealth of information out there which suggests how we can balance time in front of the screens which dominate our modern existence.

There are in fact many forms of eye exercises which can be done regularly, which will hardly render the need for glasses useless, but could improve your long term eye health and may help avoid any further complications late in life.

Warning Signs Around Internet Remedies and Self Help Treatments

eye exercises
First of all it is important to make clear that it is not always necessary to pay for the many eyesight improvement programs advertised on the internet, which claim to reduce the symptoms of refractive errors in sight such as astigmatism, which differ considerably from official vision therapies which may be recommended by qualified optometrists when trying to correct diagnosed vision problems, so regular checkups to determine whether this should be a course of action should be considered above anything else.

It may not necessarily be possible to change the basic anatomic make-up of the eye purely through exercises alone. Medical eye conditions such as presbyopia, which results in the eye lens losing its natural elasticity through aging and general wear and tear, with an onset from about the age of 40, sees a blurring of vision which is unlikely to be improved by simple exercises.

There is no miracle cure for certain eye ailments, but what eye exercises can potentially do, is help train your eyes to work in conjunction with the brain to help them see in different ways, where eye problems such as lazy eye can be corrected or improved from a certain age, whereas problems relating from basic eye shape cannot easily be altered, although more extensive scientific study is required to determine if this is true. Continue reading

Try Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream

All of us want skin which makes us look younger, more radiant and healthy. Studies have shown that the first signs of aging is visible on the skin around your eyes, but Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream promises to deliver brighter, more healthy looking skin in this area when used as directed.

Results of the treatment can be seen as early as just a few weeks after starting to use the cream. The key benefits are visibly softer lines and greater elasticity of the skin in the treated area.


Obagi reduces signs of aging by stimulating production of collagen and elastin and stimulates the production new skin cells so as to rid your eyes of dullness and helps them to look fresher and more beautiful. It is a great, gentle treatment for dull, tired and mature skin around the eyes.

The key ingredients to this Eye Treatment Cream are:-

  • A complex made of the two minerals zinc and copper which helps to improve the elasticity of the skin and improve its structure by helping to build collagen.
  • A formulation of a substance called Malonic acid which Obagi has a patent currently pending on. This formulation is the ingredient which helps to stimulate the production of new skin cells.
  • Powerful antioxidants including Vitamin E and extracts of Blueberry to tackle those damaging free radicals.
  • An Obagi trade-marked technology called “Penetrating Therapeutics” which helps to ensure that all the active ingredients are taken into the skin where they can work effectively – rather than just sitting on the skin surface.

How to apply:-
Applying the eye cream is a piece of cake. Just apply it in the morning and night after cleansing and toning your face. First, dot the area around your eyes with the cream and then allow it to be absorbed into your skin by gently rubbing it in. Although you should be careful to avoid getting it into your eyes (and if it does manage to get in, wash your eyes with cold water), Obagi recommends that you use the product all around the periorbital area including the eyelids and inner and outer corners of the eyes.

The video below is the one I watched before deciding to go ahead and buy the cream, I think it is quite helpful and the time lapse photography showing results after different periods of use compared with the ‘before’ pictures really shows the effects of consistent use!

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