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Get Rid Of Racoon Eyes Forever

Dear Sugar
I am looking for some advice on how to not get "coon eyes" when wearing eye makeup. I am in my early 30's and cannot afford to go without under eye cream morning and night. However, every day I constantly find myself with make up rims under my eyes midway through the day. I've tried waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and have even tried nicer brands, like MAC. The only thing I can think of is that the eye cream slowly pulls the makeup down. I have also tried using many different brands of eye cream, but I always seem to get the same effect. Any advice from you or your readers? Black Eyed Sherri

Dear Sherri
Your problem is easily fixable - you just need 2 things; foundation and powder. Also, contrary to popular belief, begin the make up process with your eyes. Step 1: wash your face; apply your moisturizer and eye cream. Purchase an eye primer. Laura Mercier makes a great one. Let it dry for a few seconds and apply your eye shadow, liner and mascara. When you are finished, clean up the shadow that's fallen below your lower lash line with a Q-tip. If it looks too cakey to you, then add a small dot of eye cream (a little goes a long way) to the corners of your eye, but don't smear it underneath. I happen to love Shiseido's Eye Revitalizer. It's a little bit lighter for daytime use and the narrow tip allows you to easily and gently direct the cream. It's also not as expensive as other eye creams ($36, and it last about 4 months). Step 2: Apply under eye concealer and a small amount of foundation over the concealer. You can apply it only to your eye area if you don't like foundation all over your face. Lastly, dust a light loose powder over the concealer/foundation to set it. Since your eyes are all finished and your face is a clean canvas you can apply your blush and your lipstick and you are finished. Add Bobbie Brown's Face Touch Up Palette to your purse for emergencies throughout the day, but I doubt you'll need it if you follow my steps.

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