I spy with my little eye...bags, dark circles and wrinkles.
Get rid of 'em and take years off your look in a wink with expert tips from celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt.
The same techniques and tricks she uses to get A-list clients like Eva Longoria and Sandra Bullock red-carpet ready will have you looking like a star, too.
Sue Devitt's Microquatic Luxury Skin Care and makeup collection contains powerful antioxidants to keep you looking your best.
The Australian native regularly scours the planet, searching for exotic ingredients like marine and flower extracts, minerals, vitamins and nutrients to add to her skin-care and cosmetics lines. Sue Devitt Beauty is available at Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton, Impulse Beauty at Macy's and online at SueDevittBeauty.com.
If your eyes need some TLC, Devitt offers these tips:
Cleanse and prepare
"First, start with an anti-aging cleanser to hydrate and purify." Devitt says to look for an oil-free product that contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which hydrates. Also look for soothing ingredients, such as aloe, sea heather, marine collagen and camomile extract. "Cleansing removes impurities, dirt and oil, and prepares the skin to accept an eye cream or whatever preparation you will be using."
Nourish and protect
"You really need to begin taking care of your eyes in your 20s. Prevention is the cure," Devitt says. If you've got lines and puffiness, you can use her latest product, the Microquatic Marine Crystal Collagen Eye Masque ($60). Apply these jellies under each eye for 10 to 20 minutes. "They increase the hydration level around the delicate eye area by 67 percent in 20 minutes. Wrinkles appear mainly because the skin is dehydrated. The swirls fight puffiness because of their cooling nature and algae extract." Testers were amazed how the swirls cooled and plumped up lines. "They decrease skin temperature by 10 percent in one minute." Next, use good eye cream every night before you go to bed. "I actually use my eye cream around my mouth and on my forehead, too. An eye cream is very powerful and concentrated, so you get the most active ingredients to the areas that need it most and show the signs of aging first." Her go-to product: Microquatic Marine Crystal Collagen Eye Concentrate ($110). It contains marine collagen, ceramides and hyaluronic acid,
Cover it up
Conceal dark circles by using a peach-toned under-eye concealer to counteract the blue and green in dark circles, such as the Bermuda Triangle Undereye Corrector ($22). "Apply over foundation and powder and blend with your fingertips. My celebrity clients call it the Magic Wand because it makes dark circles magically disappear." In the long term, Devitt suggests limiting caffeine, soda and cigarettes. "Those cause dark circles, along with lack of sleep."
Top it off
Finish the look by keeping eye makeup light. "Use an eye-defining pencil around the lash line to create emphasis around the eye. Then, add highlighter under the brow bone to draw attention away from the under-eye area. Select shadows that compliment your eye color. Add two or three coats of mascara. That opens the eye up." The objective is to create emphasis on eye color, not makeup. "Focus on your natural beauty. Your eye color and shape are your stars, not the makeup application. It just plays a supporting role."
Don't forget brows. "They frame the face and finish the look. Be sure they are tweezed and shaped. Then, use a pencil with little feathering strokes to fill and elongate the brows. Comb into shape so they are natural-looking. Taper them outward toward the hairline for a sexy, professional finish."
Gift with purchase
With any $75 purchase of Sue Devitt products at Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton, receive a full-sized Bioluminescence Concealer, lipstick, mini lip gloss, travel-size Oxygen Infusion Masque and Fortifying Primer, a $70 value.