How To: Look Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed

how to look bright eyed and bushy tailed banish the dark circles smashbox photo finish hydrating under eye primer seventeen phwoarr paint nars creamy concealer mac pro longwear concealer maybelline instant age rewind concealer brightener bare minerals stroke of light well rested concealer

I love sleep. I love it a lot. But recently I haven’t been getting too much of it and my body is responding with a good dose of spotty skin and dark circles, that’ll teach me. Spots I can deal with (although if you have any heavy duty concealer recommendations for me leave them in the comments below) but the dark circles seriously make such a difference to my face so I tend to spend a bit of time every morning counteracting their tendency to make me look like a zombie. Here are my top tips to looking like I got my required 8 hours of sleep, every single time.

how to look bright eyed and bushy tailed banish the dark circles smashbox photo finish hydrating under eye primer seventeen phwoarr paint nars creamy concealer mac pro longwear concealer maybelline instant age rewind concealer brightener bare minerals stroke of light well rested concealer

Any help that I can get in the brightness department is definitely appreciated so after getting down to business with my normal eye cream I start out by dabbing a bit of the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, a product that I’ve sung the praises of before, on the whole under eye area. Not only does it gives a quick and easy dose of brightening it also makes everything sit on the skin a little better. Next I go in with a good, creamy concealer to correct the blue-iness. My favourite for this task is the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 at the moment, as you might’ve guessed from this post, but I’ve fallen back in love with NARS Creamy Concealer lately after picking it up in Chantilly, which is much more suitable for my skin tone. It’s a bit thicker than the MAC one and takes a bit of extra warming up and blending but it works just as well in the end. For days when I need something a little more heavy duty I reach for the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint, it seriously covers anything and everything.

how to look bright eyed and bushy tailed banish the dark circles smashbox photo finish hydrating under eye primer seventeen phwoarr paint nars creamy concealer mac pro longwear concealer maybelline instant age rewind concealer brightener bare minerals stroke of light well rested concealer

 Now all of the blue is gone I get back in there and brighten things up with a bit of highlighting à la Kim K, well, not really, I just use the trusty triangle trick to add a bit more light to my face. My favourite product for this step is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in the Brightener shade but, of course, Maybelline has decided to discontinue it in Australia. I. Am. Devastated. And although I’ve stocked up on backups upon backups of my favourite I also picked up the Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener in the shade Luminous 1 and on first impressions I’m liking it quite a lot. The last little step to this routine is to set it all with powder to make sure it’s still around by the time I get home that night. The BareMinerals Well Rested For Eyes is my pick for this step, even though I think it’s originally meant to be used alone to brighten things up. I didn’t find it too effective on it’s own but hey, I’m still getting use out of it this way.

Hopefully by this stage I’m always looking a little more ready to face the day, in fact I just did this little routine to my no-makeup face and gave my eyelashes a bit of a curl and it made SUCH a difference, almost as if I wasn’t up until 2:00am last night watching Leonardo DiCaprio movies… whoops!
What’s your step in your make-up routine that makes the biggest difference? What are your favourite under-eye concealers?

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  • Damn, I would have love to have tried the Maybelline concealer, how annoying that they’ve discontinued it! I love the Well Rested concealer but I definitely need to use it over another concealer otherwise I don’t see much difference as well.

    Angie || the maquillage

    • It’s still around at some places I’ve found so if you’re keen you might find it! And I completely agree, it’s great for setting though! 🙂

  • macy

    Right now, my new favorite concealer is the Wet n wild come correct. It is super full coverage and blends pretty easily. Not too fond of the nars radiant creamy under the eyes It looks cakey in my opinioN. (However, as of late I have been applying it differently and it looks better. First dab on hand then use finger to put product on instead of using the wand applicator.)
    Mac prolongwear is my all time fave. However the color I have is too dark for me right now being winter.

    For Brightening, I like the maybelline dream lumi touch I use the light shade bc it has more of a yellow undertone, but they have a radiant shade that is pink. Its thin like the age rewind And blends beautifully.

    • The wet n wild one sounds good! And you’re right, it’s all about the application with the NARS… and I have the Dream Lumi Touch in my drawer I just never find myself reaching for it!

  • Stephanie Casidy

    Love your picks!! I love the NARS RCC and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, didn’t know Maybelline discontinued it! Was it just the brightener shade? Do you know if all the other shades are still available?

    Stephanie | Beauty Bucketeer

    • It’s such a shame! The Brightener and Fair shades have been removed from the line but the Light and Medium shades are staying 🙂

  • Rebecca H

    My fave is the MAC Pro Longwear I have a huge attachment to it!

    Becoming Becca

  • If you’re wanting something different to try, this video is interesting. I don’t use that much concealer, mostly for spots, but it’s always good to know what’s out there. But definitely check out the video.

    Great read as always hun!