Listen, dark circles happen to the best of us. Dark circles are one of the most common beauty flaws many of us struggle with. You may have been blessed with dark circles through hereditary means (thanks a lot Mom) or maybe you just haven’t had a good nights sleep since 2010. Regardless, we just want them gone forever. So how do we avoid looking like we just stepped off the set of The Walking Dead? I’m about to bless your life with some concealer hacks to banish those raccoon eyes with only a few products.
Skin prep is key to any makeup application because you want a smooth, moisturized canvas to work with. Step 1 to achieving bright eyes is to apply an effective eye-cream to awaken the eyes & reduce any puffiness. My current favorite is Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream ($31) because it’s peachy hue corrects the blue undertones of dark circles for an instant brightening effect. Another bonus is that it contains coffee beans and panax ginseng, which wakes up & refreshes tired-looking eyes and unsightly bags. Pro-Tip: Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator to soothe and de-puff eyes on contact.
Becca Cosmetics just released their Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer along with an array of under-eye color correcting concealers. This gem is the first product of its kind! It is a magical primer that wakes up your eyes with cooling ingredients like cucumber, matcha green tea, and caffeine to reduce the appearance of any fine lines & puffiness. Using your ring finger, dab a small amount underneath the eyes where you’ll be concealing.
If you suffer from dark circles, you’ll need color correction before putting on a concealer. I’m obsessed with Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector in Light to Medium ($32). The consistency is perfect for under-eye because it’s super creamy & buildable. The peachy hue will counteract any darkness while the ultra-fine, light reflecting illuminators instantly brighten even the worst dark circles.
Rule of Thumb When Choosing a Color Correcting Concealer:
- For Light Skin: Choose a peach color like Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector in Light to Medium ($32)
- For Medium Skin: Pick an orange color correcting concealer to mask dark circles effectively, like Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Correcting in Medium to Dark ($32)
- For Dark Skin: Seek out a red color corrector to cancel out dark circles, like Maybelline New York Master Camo Color Correcting Pen in Red ($7.99)
For years, my under eye concealer of choice is Mac’s Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost ($27). It is a creamy, soft yellow hue that cancels out any darkness with it’s illuminating pearlescent formula. Swipe a few long strokes into a triangle shape from the under eye area down to the cheekbone for a brightening effect. By applying the concealer in a triangle, you are drawing attention to the brightest part of your eyes. Always choose a concealer color that is two shades lighter than your actual skin color to optimize the brightening effect.
The most important part! If you don’t use a setting powder, your concealer will eventually settle & crease into the fine lines under the eye. In order to avoid looking like hot mess, you’ll need a brightening powder to set the creams beneath so they don’t budge or appear cakey. Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder ($26) is a super soft powder with light-reflecting pigments that brighten & lighten your under eye area. To apply, I take a damp Beauty Blender and dip it into the powder and lightly press it underneath the eye and cheek and let it “bake” for a few minutes before brushing away any excess.
Finish by misting a makeup setting spray and Hello, Bright Eyes!
What are your best tricks for hiding dark circles?