It’s safe to say that every woman deals with dark under eye circles at some point in their life. Whether lack of quality zzz’s, allergies (hellooooo pollen!), or genetics are to blame, dark circles can be a real pain to conceal. As is usually the case with makeup, not having a clear understanding of which products work best with your skin tone and skin type, frustration and defeat prevail. However, there are a few things every woman should know about concealer to help them avoid that dreadful, caked on, crease-ridden, raccoon eye.
I’ve received several emails asking for help on how to best conceal the tricky under eye area, which is why I’m bringing you this installment of Blondeshell Beauty Tips, and to be honest, after moving all last week, I could use a refresher on how to conceal dark under eye circles. I currently look like someone knocked me in both eyes with a baseball bat. I NEED MORE SLEEP! Anyway, keep reading for some helpful tips and tricks to best conceal your dark under eye circles and bring you from Beetlejuice to Barbie.
How To Conceal Dark Under Eye Circles
What You Need: Liquid or hydrating stick concealer with pink, salmon, or yellow-orange shades (depending on your skin tone), concealer/foundation brush, foundation, and setting powder.
How Concealer Works: For areas like under eye bags where the color is more of a purple/bluish tone, a color like salmon or peach with orange/yellow/pink tones, will work best. Not understanding why? You can read more about this in my Understanding Color Correcting Concealers post, but basically just think about art class and the color wheel. In elementary school we learned how the colors across from other colors on the wheel cancels the other out. Orange and blue are directly across from each other on the color wheel, which is why an orange based concealer is perfect for combating under eye circles with a heavy blue tone.
How to Perfectly Conceal Under Eye Bags: Many people disagree over when one should conceal: before or after applying foundation? There’s no right or wrong answer here, but rather what works best for you. When I am going to be wearing liquid foundation, I apply my concealer first. However, if I’m going to wear mineral foundation, I will use my mineral concealer after. It’s really up to you to determine what works best.
Using a larger concealer brush (like this one from bareMinerals) allows you to cover a much larger area, creating a much more even base). Dip your concealer, or foundation brush into your concealer of choice. Do not saturate the concealer brush. Instead use a small amount at first, and build as you go.
Apply your concealer with a sponge, or brush. If you’re applying under your eye, it is best to dab it on in a row of four dots. Next, use your sponge to gently tap and blend the concealer. Follow the curves of the dark circles while continuously dabbing the concealer with the brush. By blending the dots together, you’ll allow for a creaseless, even distribution along the gentle under eye skin. If you don’t have a brush or sponge, you can use your ring finger to tab and blend. Your ring finger is your weakest finger, making it the best suited to gently blend concealer on your delicate under eye area. Remember to apply the concealer to the inner and outer corners of the eyes as well.
Once you apply your foundation, your dark circles should be well concealed. Set with a powder.
Best Under Eye Concealers
If your dark circles have both blue and purple undertones, something with orange and yellow tones will work best. My personal favorite is Benefit Erase Paste, $26.
If your dark circles are more blue than purple, then something with more orange tones will work best. Consider using MAC Studio Finish Skin Corrector in Pure Orange, $13.
If your dark circles are more purple than blue, your best bet is something with more of a yellow tone, like Maybelline Coverstick Concealer, or even something like Well Rested from bareMinerals, $18.
Note: bareMinerals Well Rested is one of my personal favorites, although it is a powder. I’ve found it to work best when I use a small amount after I’ve applied my foundation. For serious dark circle coverage, I’ve found the bareMinerals Concealer in Bisque to be the best for me.
Some under eye concealers are formulated for all types of skin tones and undertones. One of the most popular ones is Yves Saint Laurent’s TOUCHE ÉCLAT in Radiant Touch, $41. The price tag may be a little high, but that’s because this concealer is among the elite. Laura Mercier’s Under Eye Perfector comes in Mauve/Rose and Orange/Yellow to suit blue and purple under eye circles and rings in at $22.
Helpful Tips for Concealing Dark Under Eye Circles
- Don’t apply too much. Start with a small amount and build as necessary. This is the best way to avoid caked on coverage.
- If you’re using a very thick concealer, try rubbing it between your fingers first. This will help to warm the concealer up, giving it a thinner consistency, allowing it to blend for a much more natural look.
- Remove any excess product with a Q-tip. You may not notice it right away, but before you leaving your house, double check your under eye area. The longer your makeup sits, the more excess product you’ll notice. This can cause creasing under your eye. IF you notice product settling in the fine lines, simply use a Q-tip to blot and remove.
- If you use your finger to blend, be sure to use your ring finger. Your ring finger is the weakest finger, making it best suited to gently tap the delicate skin around the eye area.
What’s your favorite concealer to use? Do you have any tips or tricks to share? Tell me in the comment section below!