How to fake being ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed’

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Hi Miss Beauty Nerd,

What suggestions do you have to reduce/conceal under eye circles? As a fellow MBA student, sleep is a scarce luxury and the flourescent lights at work and school exaggerate the bags! Any suggestions you have would be appreciated!


Hi K,

I could not agree with you more! Did anyone warn us that we would have to trade in our beauty sleep for this program? Seriously, school supplies should include textbooks, calculators and eye creams! While getting your full 8 hours of sleep is by far the best remedy for dark circles, I understand that this is often not possible. So here are my 3 fixes to fake being ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed’:

1) Choose a good eye cream for hydration and dark circles. When we are stressed, tired and/or not eating properly, the blood vessels underneath our eyes begin to swell, causing the unsightly bluish undertone. Because the skin around our eyes is extremely thin and relatively transparent, swollen blood vessels, or raccoon-like circles show up easily. Add in the fluorescent lighting, and yes, all imperfections are highlighted! Crepiness around the eyes from dehydration is another common problem. These fine lines reflect light poorly, making the eye area appear even more dull. It is therefore essential to find an eye cream that hydrates, in order to create a smooth, light reflecting surface for optimal luminosity. I love the Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye cream because it contains royal jelly, which is packed with vitamins and minerals. I find that the formula effectively hydrates and improves radiance. I also like the Korres Evening Primrose Eye Cream because it contains vitamin C, which stimulates collagen synthesis and vitamin K, which strengthens venous walls and improves microcirculation to minimize the look of dark circles. It also contains zinc oxide, which gives a SPF of 6 and diffuses light optically to give the illusion of a brighter eye area.

2) Use tea bags to get rid of puffiness. Take a couple of black tea bags (black tea is ideal because of its high tannin and caffeine content), soak them in boiled water for 3 minutes, remove and then place in the fridge for about 5 minutes (or until they feel cool to the touch). Use them as a cold compress on your eyes for about 15 minutes. The tannins act as an astringent which helps reduce swelling around the eyes. Caffeine, as you know, is a natural diuretic, so it will help reduce some of that extra fluid causing the puffiness. Propping up your head with a pillow at night will also encourage excess fluid to drain.

3) Use a good concealer to cover up the undereye circles. I’ve tried numerous concealers, and I find the one that gives me the best coverage is Estée Lauder’s Smoothing Creme Concealer. The before and after is quite dramatic! You would never know I was lacking sleep! Also, a little goes a long way. So only use a small amount and dab around the eye area with your ring finger. Don’t forget that every time you apply any eye cream or under-eye concealer, you should always pat it in with your ring finger (the weakest finger on your hand) and never tug at the skin. Alternatively, you can use a makeup brush to blend the concealer in as well.

Oh – and here’s a little skin nutrition tip! Try to choose some foods rich in Vitamin K to strengthen the walls of your blood vessels, which will help with the dark eye circles. Some of these foods include broccoli, asparagus, endives, spinach and other dark, leafy greens. You can also find low amounts of vitamin K in various fruits such as cantaloupes, grapes, apples, bananas and peaches. Please note that these tips pertain specifically to dark circles caused by fatigue. For some people, dark circles are genetic, which is much harder to remedy. That’s another issue that would require a whole new post ;)! Hope that helps!

Cheers to never looking fatigued again!


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  • Karina

    Thanks so much Miss Beauty Nerd! I am going to try these out right away. Here’s to making it through our last year ;)

  • Connie

    You are so welcome!! I hope you love the products as much as I do! Cheers to our last year – yay!!

  • Karina

    Hi Miss Beauty Nerd – thanks again for the tips! The timing couldn’t have been better as sleep has eluded me greatly over the past couple of weeks.

    I have to say that the Estee Lauder concealer is amazing! I scooped it up right away and have been impressed with the results. You have challenged my perception that a concealer must be thick & heavy to provide lasting coverage. The Estee Lauder concealer is very smooth and not heavy but provides great coverage – better than my current concealer!

    I also have been using the Burt’s Bee’s eye cream from the first time that you posted about it :)

    And I picked up MAC blot powder that Jane posted about to help my concealer last throughout these very long days.

    The *only* thing I have not tried yet are the tea bags because, well, that requires me lying down for 15 minutes which has not been possible…

    Thanks again! Now I can look awake for my class presentation tomorrow at 7am.

  • Connie

    I’m so glad that it worked for you! The crazy thing was I discovered the EL concealer in my mom’s drawer when I left my own at home. I was blown away by the lightweight texture and amazing coverage as well!

    Hope your presentation went well and that you looked bright eyed and bushy tailed :)!