Why That ‘Lipstick As Under-Eye Concealer’ Trick Might Not Be Safe
Cast your minds back to last year, and you might remember people (us included) getting all excited about the idea that applying dark red lipstick under your eyes could work as the perfect concealer.
Blogger Deepica Mutyala’s colour-correcting beauty hack went viral as she showed us all how to cover up those pesky dark under-eye circles with just a bit of lipstick - although our attempt was, admittingly, a total disaster to say the least.
However, while it may seem like a pretty good tip (if you can master it), you might want to consider these comments from dermatologist Annie Chiu about the lipstick potentially causing irritation to the skin.
Chatting about the safety of the beauty tip, Annie told Allure that the dye that gives red lipstick it’s colour - known as Eosin - can ‘irritate skin, and going for the red-panda technique requires loading it on the already sensitive eyelid area. The skin there is up to 10 times thinner than the rest of your face, so it's even more vulnerable’.
Giving particular words of caution to those with sensitive skin, Annie said the method isn’t exactly ideal for anyone (it can clog pores and the tear duct, which doesn’t sound too fun), advising against making it a ‘regular habit’.
She added that 'if you're in a pinch or trying to decide if a red-orange corrector is worth looking into, start sparingly and go from there'.
Wah. See ya later, lipstick, then.