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Puffy eyes are a rather common problem for anyone, but they can be difficult to conceal, especially for those who are new to eye makeup.

Well, professional makeup artists have a few easy steps for us to follow for less puffy eyes. These steps also work for both double and single eyelids.

According to makeup artists, the actual key to disguising the swelling of the eyes is the position of your eyeshadow. So, without further ado, let’s learn how to hide any eye puffiness.

1. Choosing the right brush shape

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If you thought the first step would be to paint on a base layer, you thought wrong. The first step is to ensure you’re using an eyeshadow brush with a round head.

The rounded head is recommended for novices as they are easier to use than flat-headed eyeshadow brushes. Using the flat-head brush could lead to an uneven layer of colour, while the round-head brush allows for a more blended edge when applying the eyeshadow.

2. Warm tone eyeshadow base

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Most would have heard of using a dark brown or grey-brown shade for a base layer, however, this can actually make your eyeball appear to be ‘bulging’ instead, and emphasise the swelling of your eyes.

You should instead select either orange, pink, or peach tones, which are more suited for Asian skin tones to reduce the appearance of swelling.

If you’re looking for a palette with these shades, check out this article here for some recommendations.

3. Highlight the brow bone

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The most important step of this routine is highlighting the brow bone. It helps to almost ‘shrink’ the eyebrows while bringing the focus to the eyes.

To do this, use a contouring colour (taupe or cool-toned brown) to deepen the contour of your eyeshadow in a triangle shape. This helps to highlight the brow bone and the bridge of the nose, effectively reducing puffiness.

4. Deepen the colours

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To complete the look, you can use dark brown or earth-tone eyeshadow to deepen the inner and outer parts of the eyes. The upper eyelid is more prone to swelling, so focus more on the tail-end of the upper eyelid. A little tip for this step is to slightly angle the outline upwards to lengthen the overall eye shape.

After this, you’re all set with a simple and easy look that will reduce puffy eyes. Remember, practise makes perfect, and this four-step routine is definitely worth a shot.

Featured image credit: _yoonkyoung on Instagram (left), beee_1_3 on Instagram (right)