I was watching a TV ad for some undereye circle cream that purports to do away with the little buggers. It features a young woman with no dark circles at all—and that’s the before picture.
YouTube is a veritable treasure trove of “learn to put on makeup” videos. Some of them are merely ads for products, or ads for people who specialize in applying makeup for a fee, but some are just regular folk with an interest in it. Most are young; you have to search for the topic “makeup for mature women” or “makeup for older women” to find that genre, which tend to be rather impressive. Makeup, judiciously applied, can do the “mature” woman a lot more good than the young, who tend to look pretty darn good even without it.
Undereye circles have long been the bane of my existence, young or old. I remember looking in the mirror at the age of eight and wondering why I had them. “I’m just a child!” I thought, but I knew the answer: they ran in my family (my older relatives had truly impressive ones), as they do in most people of the highly-pigmented Mediterranean persuasion.
If you don’t believe me, here I am at twoish and change:
I’ve long comforted myself with the idea that my circles give me an air of exotic, smoldering, wistful, mystery, a la Jeanne Moreau (which doesn’t stop me from using concealer to make me a bit less mysterious). Plus, being rather dark also tends to mean one ages at a slower, more sedate pace (at least so far).
Why Jeanne Moreau? The very first time I saw her, in “Jules and Jim,” I realized that here was a person with dark circles who was considered highly attractive. Moreau was 34 when she made the film, and a smoker (the third photo isn’t from that movie):
And here’s one of those YouTube “how-to” videos, featuring a youngish person. She initially appears to have no problem with undereye circles, but when she removes the makeup from one of her eyes you can see that—despite not being especially dark herself—she does have some bona fide circles going there. See the amount of work it takes to do the coverup:
Then again, you can just go au naturale for the Moreau look.