While I get my hairy limbs and extremely bushy eyebrows from my Dad, from my Mum I have inherited the ability to cry at anything that I find remotely sad or extremely happy. Old men crying or wedding’s of people that I don’t even know that well will have me blubbering like a baby in a matter of moments. Don’t ever watch Don’t Tell the Bride with me. This ability also includes being unable to re-tell the sad or happy story to someone else without crying again. I must also add that I’m a Kim Kardashian crier; none of this ‘one delicate tear running down the cheek‘ business and so things get puffy, red and snotty. With this comes an intense post-waterworks rescue operation and today I’m letting you in on my five step plan…
1. Cool it down. An ice pack to the under eye area feels seriously incredible after a good cry and I’m always amazed and how quickly it makes such a big difference. It’s the quickest (and cheapest) way to de-puff and get rid of redness, but if you’re lacking in the professional pack department two spoons that have been in the fridge will do. Finish off with a thin layer of the Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel (which feels so good you’ll want to smear it all over your face).
2. Drop it in. Now, I completely forgot to add this in to the photograph, but a few drops of a redness-reducing eye drop formula always comes in handy for me. I find the Optrex and Murine formulas work best.
3. Cover up. Repetitive tissue-to-eye action can cause things to get a little red round that area so I amp up the concealer a little; using a slightly more pigmented formula that I usually would and going in a bit heavier with it. Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer in Sand is usually my cover-up of choice for these occasions and the slight yellow-y tone helps to bring down that redness even further.
4. Line it. My ragingly red waterline is always my clear giveaway that I’ve had a sob, so this is probably the most important step of all to me. A quick line of a flesh-coloured kohl is basically a miracle worker when it comes to these kinds of things and the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil in Eye Cheat may just be most pigmented and aptly named of them all.
5. Curl and shimmer. Things are looking pretty back to normal by this step, but as a precaution I like to give the lashes a good curl to open my peepers back up and disguise any residue puffiness and sweep on something light and chic-ly shimmery on the lid. Now is not the time to attempt a smokey, high-maintence eye. Keep it simple with something like the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione.
See, no one will even know that you’ve just watched that ‘Christian The Lion’ video…