The above photo was taken on a morning when I was so hungover and underslept that when I woke up and looked in the mirror, I literally gasped at the grisly state of my dark under-eye circles. Ten minutes before I snapped that pic, the crescent of space under each of my eyes looked straight-up blue.
I don't wake up every day with bad circles under my eyes (genetics can play a big role in the appearance of dark circles, and the look of permanent under-eye fatigue is fortunately not one of my crosses to bear). But as someone who enjoys a late night out every once and a while, self-inflicted dark circles are something I'm definitely familiar with.
The type of sickly blueish circles I get are caused by blood pooling under the eyes, which then shows through the thin and delicate sub-eye skin. Lack of sleep (especially paired with drinking) worsens the condition because it throws your body's stress and hydration levels all out of whack.
When you're sleep-deprived, your body churns out extra cortisol in an attempt to give you more energy, but that can break down collagen and engorge your blood vessels, both of which can make that under-eye blood pooling extra visible.
But over the years of trying tons of skincare and makeup (and failing to get enough sleep), I have nailed down a simple five-product routine that I rely on every time I wake up with dark circles. I have been asked by co-workers on multiple occasions how I look so awake after late nights out, and I owe it to the following routine.
Keep scrolling to see how I conceal my dark under-eye circles with just five products.