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A Quick Fix For Tired, Sick-Looking Eyes

Give Tired, Sick Eyes a Pretty Lift With Lavender Liner

If, like me, you've been battling cold weather sniffles, allergies, and flu symptoms for the past month, there's a good chance you're looking pretty peaked right now. And while you have every right to stumble around all glazey-eyed with an enormous trail of Kleenex behind you, there may be occasions when you at least want to pretend that you don't hate your life. And for those times, I highly recommend lavender eyeliner. Why is this stuff so good? To find out (and see some photographic evidence), just keep reading.

There are a couple of reasons that light purple liner is great. Like blue mascara, lavender liner whitens and brightens your eyes, so it reduces the rheumy look people tend to get when they're ill. In the photo, I put lavender liner on the left eye and none on the right; as you can see, the one on the left looks subtly lifted and brighter. Lavender is also cool-toned, so it cancels out redness from having swollen lids. At the most basic level, too, wearing a bright color around your eyes makes you look lively and energetic, even if you don't feel that way. Plus, it pulls attention away from crappy sick-puppy skin and red, chapped noses, which we also have some good advice on, by the way. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think.

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arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 5 years
daisy23 daisy23 5 years
I really wanted to try this but didn't want to shell out the money. I had a Stila smudgepot in green that I didn't like so I lined my eyes with it and then when it was dry I buffed a purple colored eye shadow into the line until there was no more green. Voila! it worked and now i have a lavenderish eyeliner of my own.
Faylinn Faylinn 5 years
I've been doing this for a while because it brings out my green eyes. I do agree that it makes me look more awake and alert, but I'm not sure if it cancels out redness like you said. I just haven't noticed.
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