By Devon Abelman. Photos: Courtesy of Instagram.
Whether you've been staying up too late or you're genetically #blessed, dark circles are the one beauty woe most of us have in common. How you choose to cover them up or embrace them is uniquely you. In case you care to disguise them for the world, we've suggested the best concealers for the deep abyss under your eyes. The Internet, including but not limited to Reddit, will tell you to throw some glitter on them. Laramie, however, has a more spring-forward approach.
The New York-based makeup artist recently posted a picture of a model with real flowers covering up her under eye area, and its the most gorgeous solution to dark circles we've ever seen. A couple weeks ago, we told you about makeup artists creating literal floral eye makeup looks for spring. Laramie's look is just like that — just with the most practical purpose ever.
Laramie tells Allure she decided to cover up dark circles with flowers for an upcoming editorial/social campaign for the lingerie-meets-skin care company Land of Women. Her inspiration? "I'm interested in creating beauty from a female gaze and in alternative ways than what we've been told and conditioned is traditional 'beauty,'" she says. As for actually creating the look, Laramie started off by smearing a hefty amount of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant under the model's eyes to help affix the tiny wax flowers, dried rose petals, and miniature daisies to her face. This face salve was the right choice (instead of lash glue) since she "wanted to keep the application quick and organic, with easy, painless removal for the model."
If the floral look reminded you of Lottie S's iconic glitter dark circle makeup that has since become a meme, you're not wrong. Laramie says the makeup and meme inspired her Instagram caption, which read, "Arina models the new hot way 2 cover yr dark circles at coachella this year."
The only downside of the botanical blooms is you have to lay down to pull it off at home. That's perfect for Instagram — not so much IRL. If you sit up, even after the glue if fully dry, the flowers tend to start slipping and sliding. If you really, really want to cover up dark circles with flowers for a night out, though, Laramie suggests using flower-shaped stickers instead of the real thing. TBH we might try that out at brunch next weekend.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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