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Goodbye Dark Circles 

Dear Mothering Heights,

Now that my kids are school-aged and have been sleeping through the night for a couple years, I was truly hoping my sleep-deprived, dark-circled eyes would once again look bright and youthful. I've tried creams, more sleep and less wine but they still persist. Is there anything a 40 something mother of two can do to look younger with out surgery or always wearing my hip enormous sunglasses?

Black-eyed mom
Laguna Beach

Dear Black-eyed Mom,
There are only two things to help the aging thin skin around the eye: make-up and good lighting. Years ago, I was on television and had a ‘camera ready foundation’ slathered on my face. That stuff covers everything! (Smashbox makes a good one.) Overhead lighting is your enemy. Go with frontal lighting for the best look. Rumor has it that Mae West’s house was filled with pink spotlights so she always looked fabulous. Why not train the kids to run around with a flashlight on you?  They owe you. No one ever pushed out a baby without a growing a wrinkle or a large pimple of parental insanity.

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