Covering Up Dark Veins Under the Eyes - Dilemma of the Week

I have a visible vein under my eye that gets mistaken for eyeliner. I'd like to cover it up, but concealer doesn't work. Help?

Veins are notorious for showing through. I have them at the sides of my nose (a result of over-ambitious nose blowing). The eye area is especially delicate, though, so take special care when applying any products. Use a light, soft touch and always make sure hands are clean before you start. Begin by making sure the area is free of any other makeup residue and not oily, but slightly moist.

The best product for covering veins or scars is DermaColor, as it's highly pigmented, dense and maintains moisture, which is key for coverage around the eyes. Here's how to use it:

  • Take a small bit of the DermaColor between your fingers or place it in your palm, making small circular motions to warm it up.
  • With just the very tip of your finger, place a tiny bit of cream directly to the vein in a light patting motion. Let it sit a few seconds, then lightly place a small amount there again, allowing the pigment to meld with the skin.
  • Go easy; you can always add more. You don't want to start with too much, a tiny bit should work incredibly well. But if you need to, repeat the process until the vein is completely covered.

If you feel the area is too dry, you may want to add a bit of undereye cream to the mix. Here are two things to consider when using eye cream:

  • First, make sure the cream you're using is made specifically for the undereye area, and that it's not too greasy. Really moist products "travel up" into the eye itself, which could be annoying to say the least.
  • Second, the more moisturizer you use, the more you'll diffuse the DermaColor, though after you work with it a few times, you'll find the perfect ratio.

DermaColor costs $25 a tube and is available from Kryolan (800-579-6526).

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