Are you concerned about the appearance of your eyes? Do they always seem to be tired and haggard? Might you instead be hoping to reduce the presence of bags and puffiness? If so, you are not alone. Not only will the eyes impact how we are perceived by others, but they can even affect our levels of self-esteem. The good news is that the best eye cream for dark circles is now only moments away. Let’s first take a look at the purpose of typical eye creams before examining their amazing benefits thanks to the use of proprietary formulations.

What Is An Eye Cream?

While each eye cream is obviously different in terms of its constituent ingredients, the majority are intended to satisfy a handful of goals:

  • To provide your eyes with a youthful glow.
  • To promote even skin tone.
  • To combat the appearance of bags and puffiness.

The substances contained within an eye cream will be absorbed through the capillaries located close to the surface of the skin (such as directly beneath the eyes). The effects will therefore be seen and felt within a relatively short period of time. However, you still might be wondering which eye cream is best for dark circles. The answer to this question revolves around the specific formulation.

Tips When Selecting The Best Eye Cream For Circles Beneath The Eyes

It is first important to estimate how long the effects will require to become visible. Quality products such as the K-Ox Vitamin K formula offered by ISDIN will yield results in only 28 days. Once again, this is largely due to the types of ingredients contained within.

Vitamin K is a prime example, as this nutrient is particularly effective at reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness beneath the eyes. Haloxyl is another core component due to its ability to improve both firmness and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid is an additional eye-friendly ingredient, as its ability to bind to water molecules ensures that your eyes are constantly moisturized.

While ingredients are obviously relevant, we also need to remember that the application process can have an impact upon the effectiveness of the cream. The use of a ceramic tool will help to cool the skin when the cream is being applied; providing additional levels of comfort while further helping to reduce perceived puffiness.

What Other Benefits Can Eye Creams Offer?

While addressing the presence of pronounced dark circles is a very understandable concern, other issues such as restoring a youthful appearance, firming the nearby skin and enhancing elasticity are some other advantages which should never be overlooked.

It has often been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. If you wish to restore them to their former glory, the use of a high-quality cream represents a powerful treatment option. Thanks to a host of eye-friendly nutrients and proprietary technology, it has never been easier to achieve a vibrant and downright radiant glow.

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Easiest ever cat eye eyeliner tricks Easiest ever cat eye eyeliner tricksOne of the most common questions I get asked is how to do “cat eyeliner” and how to get eyeliner to stay. Winged liner is actually pretty easy once you’ve got the right product. My absolute favorite product is the tattoo liner by Kat Von D. It’s available at Sephora. It’s designed after a Japanese calligraphy brush, so it has long tapered bristles instead of a typical felt tip. It’s so easy to get a sharp, crisp line, and the formula is super black and long lasting.

Best eyelinersI’ll show you my winged liner trick below along with a little extra tip to help liner stay on the bottom inner rim (makeup artists call it the waterline).

Get perfect cat eye eyelinerStep One: Liner should go on after eyeshadow but before mascara.

Get perfect cat eye eyeliner.  Step Two: Sort of like in my false lash video, you want to look down but not close your eye. If you close your eye, it changes the shape of the lid and you’ll end up with some weird looking liner once you open. Start by lining from the inner corner to about 3/4 of the way to the end. I like to hold the liner pen parallel to my lash line and gently pull it across.

Get perfect cat eye eyeliner   Step Three: Instead of trying to flick the wing up, you’re actually going to draw it from the top down. Create a little triangle that lines up with the outer corner of the brow, and then fill it in. You might need to slightly lift your brow to pull up on the skin, but don’t pull too hard. That skin is delicate! 

Perfect cat eye eyelinerStep Four: For bottom liner, you’ll want to use a waterproof gel liner. You can also use a pencil as long as the formula isn’t too dry. You don’t want to irritate the eye. Use a little brush to apply. 

Perfect cat eye eyeliner  Perfect cat eye eyeliner tricksStep Five: Here’s the trick for making the bottom liner stay. You’re going to take a matching or similar shadow and a small eyeshadow brush with short bristles and gently press the eyeshadow into the liner. This might feel a little bit weird, but just blink a few times and any shadow particles will clear away. Setting creams with powders is the oldest trick in the Hollywood book and will help any makeup last longer (I love layering cream blush with powder blush for this exact reason!).

Easiest ever cat eye eyeliner tricks  I love this look with neutral eyes and lips, but you can also pair it with red lipstick for a super vintage feel! xo. –AnnaRose

Credits // Author: AnnaRose Kern. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.

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Eye Manicure DIY – A Beautiful Mess


Too cute! Eye mani DIY (click through for tutorial “Eye”ve had my “eye” on this manicure for a few weeks now, and I was so ridiculously excited to try it out that I just couldn’t wait any longer. In case you haven’t “seen” what I’m talking about, eyes have been super trendy over the last year, and I’m totally hooked on them—winking eyes, sleeping eyes, regular ol’ eyes…I love them all. I’ve noticed a couple of really cute nail ideas with them recently, but this one where the eye is at the cuticle of the nail is my favorite. And, if you aren’t a home nail professional, don’t worry, I replicated this look the most foolproof way I could because I find tiny nail art to usually be difficult for me too. 

Too cute! Eye mani DIY (click through for tutorial Supplies:
-nude, white, and blue (or whatever color of eyes you want) nail polish. I used Essie “Topless and Barefoot”

, Maybelline “Porcelain Party”and Sally Hansen “Blue-Away.”
–French manicure half moon tip guides
–black nail pen 
-small hole punch
-fast dry top coat

Untitled-1First, you’ll want to use the nude color as the base coat for your manicure. Allow the polish to completely dry, and then use the tip guides to block off an oval shape that mirrors your rounded cuticle line. Paint the exposed cuticle oval with the white polish, let it completely dry, and slowly peel off the tip guide (you can even use a coat of the fast dry topcoat here to ensure that it’s cured). Once the white has dried, cut your tip guides in half and use your hole punch to punch small holes into the guides. Peel the guides and position the hole in the middle of your white ovals. Use your colored polish on top of the hole. Let the polish fully dry, and peel off the tip guides. Use your polish pen to dab a small dot of black on each eye center. Once the black is dry, finish your look with your quick-dry topcoat.

Too cute! Eye mani DIY (click through for tutorial)Too cute! Eye mani DIY (click through for tutorial If you don’t have a small enough hole punch, you could use a small paintbrush to dab a dot of eye color on instead, but I like how precise the circles are with the punched-out guide method. I think this mani choice is totally pure fun and I can’t help but think of eye-related puns and songs every time I look at my hands. For some reason though, I always feel like somebody’s watching me…xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Janae Hardy, Laura Gummerman, and Emma Chapman.

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Fun eye make-up: Using eye shadow as eye liner


I love to apply the jane iredale Eye Shadows as eye liner. There are so many colors to choose from, the look can be soft or intense, and it really lasts. To create great staying power, line with a co-ordinating shade of Eye Pencil first, using the Eye Liner/Brow Brushto really work it into the lash line. Next, take the Detail Brushand spritz with Hydration Spray or just moisten the brush under the tap. Pick up any of our PurePressed Eye Shadows with the moist brush.

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Smoky Burgundy Eye Look – A Beautiful Mess


Burgundy Eyes Hello, babes! Today I’m going to be walking you through this smoky burgundy eye look. It can be a little intimidating trying out a smoky eye, especially with a little bit of color. But after some good ol’ blending, this type of look really pops and looks killer with every eye color. I kinda love that it has a little bit of a 90s grunge nod but is still completely appropriate for holiday parties and a night out with the girls.

Although one of my signature looks is a winged liner, I love that you can get away with no liner when doing a darker smoky eye. For those of you that love your winged liner too, you know how much time that can save! 😉

Burgundy Eyes Burgundy Eyes DIYStep One: Using a shadow close to your skin tone, apply all over the lid to use as a base for your shadow. I’m using the color Peach Smoothie for this step.

Step Two: Using a medium sized fluffy brush, apply a slightly darker color to the crease of your eye. This will be our transition color. Using a windshield wiper motion, blend blend blend it into the crease. Seriously, blending makes this look, so don’t be afraid to go a little ham on the blending. 😉 For my crease, I used a tiny bit of the the color Sidekick.

Burgundy Eyes DIY Step Three: Now for the fun part. Using a small, flat brush, pack on your burgundy shadow color. Make sure you keep it just on the lid. It will look a little messy, but we’ll clean it up!

Step Four: Using your medium fluffy brush again, take a little of that base color you used in step one and start to blend out the crease of your burgundy to get rid of any harsh lines. This is the part that will need the most blending. The goal is to have your shadow look the darkest where your lash line is and then slowly fade into your skin tone. If you start to lose some of the color depth on your eyelid, just apply a tiny bit more of the burgundy, and then go back and blend. Blending with the lightest color will take away the harsh lines and make it so your color doesn’t go too far up on your lid. After blending out your lid, grab a lower lash brush and blend a tiny bit of that burgundy right under your eyes. Again, blend it out good so you don’t have any harsh lines. 🙂

Step Five: To add a little bit of shine, I applied a small amount of burgundy metallic shadow to the center of my eyelid using my finger, and then with a smaller brush, applied a pretty champagne gold to my inner corners.

Burgundy Eyes Step Six: Add a few layers of your most bombshell mascara, and if you’re feeling a little extra, add some false lashes for some drama, and you are done!

Just in case you’re curious, I’m wearing Bitter Pill on my lips and Heartbreaker lashes by House of Lashes. 😉 Rock your new burgundy eye look, friends! Lots of love, Sav.

Credits//Author + Photography: Savannah Wallace. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions. 

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Have you ever looked at bright and beautiful eye shadow colors and thought “I could never wear that?” Well you can! Your age and skin tone don’t matter at all. It only matters how you apply it.

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There are many levels of bright, from subtle to intense. The first trick is to experiment. Try new things and figure out what works for you. In fact, we want to hear about it, so please comment below or upload pictures to our Facebook page.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Bright Eyeliner: I love to use eye shadow as eyeliner, and this is a way to use that bright shade in the eye shadow triple you may have been avoiding. Wet your Detail Brushwith Hydration Spray or water and dip it into a dark, bright shade like the teal in AzurePurePressed Eye Shadow. Or you could try a nice bright shade of 24-Karat Gold Dust, like Aquamarine. Line the lower lash line only, from inner to outer corner. Use a neutral liner on the upper lash line, such as grey, black or brown; and a neutral shadow on the lid. This really allows the one swipe of color to pop.
  2. Bright crease and lid: Brighten your eyes in a whole new way by thinking color for the crease, not just depth. PurePressed Eye Shadow Triples are so versatile! Use your Crease Brush to sweep on a medium shade such as the turquoise shade from Sea Foam, the orange shade from Pecan/Chocolateor the sage green shade in Azure. For more intensity, try the Eye Shader Brush. Another idea is to put one of those shades right in the center of the lid, above the iris. Then the color winks every time you blink your eyes.
  3. Colored Mascara: Don’t be shy, it doesn’t have to be that electric blue from the eighties (unless you want it to). Try a flick of Navy PureLash Mascara or Ripe Plum Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascarato add a hint of color when your lashes catch the light. You can apply from root to tip, or apply your usual black or brown first and then just paint the ends with the colored mascara. Feeling flashy? Try painting the tips of your lashes with Gold or Silver Liquid Eyeliner.
  4. Smoky eyes: So you’re ready to take the pure-drama plunge? Read our postabout bright smoky eyes.

I hope this encourages you to experiment, so please comment and share what you’ve tried.

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Creative Eye Gloss Makeup Application

The Spring 2012 makeup collection from jane iredale features two beautiful new Eye Glosses. If you haven’t tried them yet, I’m here to say that once you do you will absolutely fall in love! They are so incredibly versatile, plus they do not smudge and do not fade. Today I want to share some of the great ways you can use Eye Glosses, and I hope you will return the favor and share your own tricks and tips.

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Smoky eye tutorials and a giveaway!

The holidays are here and this year we are spicing things up with the NEW Where there’s smoke… collection. The gorgeous Limited Edition Smoke & Mirrors Smoky Eye Kitwas designed to help you create amazing smoky eyes and the NEW Eye Sheres in Opal Silk and Gold Silk add a touch of shimmer on their own for a more natural makeup look, or can help create an even more dramatic eye look when used as a base. Keep reading for three gorgeous smoky eye video tutorials using the new Smoke & Mirrors Kit and for details on how you could WIN a Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Kit and both NEW Eye Sheres!

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