Apparently, even the magical powers of makeup have limits.
Is your face a little puffy? A good contour can go a long way. Got a massive zit? A hefty concealer can disguise that lesion right away. What's harder to cover with product alone, however, are dreaded under-eye bags, which have a wicked way of making you look more tired than you feel. (Clearly a non-issue for the always gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.)
Sometimes, though, even your sturdiest cover-up or priciest of under-eye patches still don't always do the trick. If you've tried every at-home remedy (from more sleep to tea bags to almond oil), it might be time to bring in the big guns. We all know that celebs resort to fillers to perfect their profiles, but did you know that they also enlist it to banish bags?
Before you make the call, Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and assistant clinical professor at the George Washington University Medical Center, has a few words on the matter.
What About Fillers, You Ask: Generally speaking, fillers are the most effective solution, but there's a caveat: "For [some] people, dark circles are caused by hollows and volume loss related to aging," explained the expert. "Fillers only work for people who have dark circles related to volume loss." So, it's important that you be evaluated by an expert to determine if you're a candidate. If you decide to go the filler route, just be sure you're not getting Botox. Filler (the doc prefers Restylane, an FDA-approved injectable made of hyaluronic acid) plumps up hollow areas, such as under the eye, while Botox freezes the area (better for, say, forehead wrinkles). Bonus: The results from filler will last you 12-18 months.
However, if your dark circles are not due aging, here's what you need to know.
It Might Be Genetic: You could be doing all the right things, like getting enough sleep and eating the right foods, but that doesn't mean you won't be under-eye bag free. According to the pro, there are many reasons you might have heavy dark circles camped under your baby blues. "For some people, it's because of genetics. Certain races are more prone to developing increased pigment under the eyes," she explained.
Or It Could Be Allergies: That's not the only reason you might always be looking tired, despite your best efforts. "For other people, it may be due to allergies causing fluid retention and swelling of the blood vessels underneath the thin skin of the eyes," she explained. If you find your bags getting worse with age, that could be the culprit, too.
What Are Your Other Options: So what measures do you take if your bags aren't related to getting older? If your circles are specifically tied to increased pigmentation (genetics), topical lightening creams and laser treatments should be your first line of defense. If allergies are the culprit, make sure that you are diligently taking an antihistamine every day to keep your eyes from getting puffy.
Her Final Word of Advice: Just make sure you do your filler research. "Do not Groupon this…that's a huge mistake. It requires finesse for the best result," warned the pro.
Looks like we'll be opting for alternative online deals…wine tasting, anyone?