How to Hide Under Eye Dark Circles with Makeup

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How to cover up under eye dark circles

One of the most common makeup inquiries is on how to hide under eye dark circles with makeup. Why is that? When you talk in front of another person, you’ll notice the face and the eyes first. Dark circles around your eyes can make you look haggard, and adds up years on your face making you look older. Surely you want to make a good impression at work, in a meeting with clients and executives, or even with your date. Fortunately, it’s not hard to hide under-eye dark circles.

The process we’ve listed below is similar to makeup techniques by pro-makeup artists that they use for celebrities and stage makeup to conceal dark spots, moles, tattoos, scars and other skin discolorations.

Makeup and Tools You’ll Need

1. Brightening Eye Cream Although the technique below works well in hiding dark circles, you might want to invest on a good brightening eye cream that will lessen the pigmentation around your eyes. Also, remember that the skin around your eyes is thin and sensitive, choose an eye ream with moisturizing and rejuvenating properties.

2. ConcealerChoose a concealer that’s creamy and light on skin, with warm tone that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone. It should not crack when it dries up, instead, it should just blend in with your foundation just like an eye cream.

3. Makeup sponge or tiny flat makeup brush Soft makeup wedge or egg shaped sponge helps a lot in blending the concealer and foundation.

4. Lipstick Choose a lipstick with red or orange hue.

You might be wondering why we included a red lipstick on the list. Under-eye dark circles are mostly caused by blue or green pigmentation on skin, and to complement or cancel that out, you’ll need to cover it with pigments opposite of the color wheel. These are the colors within the red to orange range.

Steps on How to Conceal Dark Eye Circles with Makeup

1. Wash the eye area first and make sure it’s dry and clean of any oil or sebum. After the facial wash, dab the skin under the eye with a clean soft towel. Do not rub or wipe too hard as it might irritate the sensitive skin under your eye.

2. Apply eye cream. If possible, don’t skip this on your daily regimen. Eye creams are made to moisturize and brighten the skin underneath. Choose one that has skin lightening and repair properties.

To apply, simply put a tiny drop on your fingertip and dab it on the skin around the eye area. Let this dry for about half a minute before applying the next makeup.

3. If you have light dark circles around your eyes, skip this step. However for those with dark eye circles, you’ll need another layer to soften the dark tone. Use a red or orange lipstick or makeup product. Use a tiny flat makeup brush to cover the dark area you want to conceal. Let this layer dry first for a minute.

4. Apply the concealer. Use a yellow tone concealer as it can help diminish and cover the dark area around your eyes. Dab about teardrop amount on each eye area. If possible do not rub or wipe, use a soft sponge to dab it around and cover the dark area. Repeat with the other eye.

5. Blend the concealer. Use the sponge to blend the edges of the concealer area with the rest of the foundation around your face. Be careful not to smudge or swipe of the concealer around the eye area. If you’re not wearing other makeup around your face, or if you did not apply foundation, use a concealer that’s of the same color as your facial skin tone.

6. Use a lighter concealer to brighten your eye area. This step is optional but will help especially if you have very dark eye circles. Invest in another concealer that’s about a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. Do not apply too much, instead, just dab small dots around the dark area under the eye, and then blend in using your soft makeup sponge.

7. Brush with setting powder. Now with the concealer in place, your dark eye circles should now be invisible or concealed. Use fine matte powder to seal the layer before you apply other eye makeup. This will also help set the makeup longer through the day and prevent it from creasing easily.

After completing all these steps, you can now put on some eye makeup. You can also use matte eye shadow for the eyelids instead of the setting powder. We hope this helps in brightening your eyes and concealer those dark eye circles.

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