I got a request from my lovely friend Mandy to do a blog post on how to erase dark under-eye circles. Getting rid of dark circles can be really easy, but I don’t think a lot of people know the trick to making them disappear. Have no fear. I will let you in on the secret.
Most people think that concealer should be applied under the eye in a sort of half moon shape. Wrong! Concealer should actually be applied in a triangular shape, as outlined in this crappy pictorial I made:
Just to recap, that’s along the side of the nose, all under the eye, and along the top of the cheekbone, all in a patting or stippling motion. Applying it this way will help to bounce light into this dark area, like concealer with a turbo booster. Or a flashlight. You get what I mean.
Now, if you have horrible dark circles, you may need a brightening concealer. Maybelline makes two great ones, in the age rewind line and the dream lumi line, and they’re both labeled as the brightening shade, so there’s no confusion. If you feel you need the brightening shade, apply it before your concealer in the same fashion.
When you have finished with the concealer, apply a light layer of powder, such as the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder. However make sure the you don’t make any wiping motions with the powder, because that will just move the product underneath, undoing all of your work. Instead, tap or pat the concealer on with a powder brush or puff. Voila! Now your concealer shouldn’t crease. If you notice it has creased later in the day, smooth it out with your finger and tap on a light layer of powder.
I don’t suggest using one of those heavy, thick concealers, because it will look cakey and, well, thick. If you do opt for a thick concealer, use a very small amount. With those, a little goes a long way. Also, make sure the powder you use is a finishing or setting powder. If you use something like a powder foundation it will be too heavy. Finishing powders have less pigment and are much more finely milled. And if you’re using a translucent powder, such as the Makeup Forever HD Powder, be sure not to use too much, or you’ll have strange white clouds on your face in pictures.
As far as what shade of concealer to get, either get one that matches your skin and undertones, or go one shade lighter if you really want to get the brightening effect. An important thing to keep in mind, though, is your undertones. If you have more yellow undertones, get a concealer with yellow undertones. If you have pink undertones, get a concealer that is either neutral or has pink undertones (which, if you’re as fair as me, means that the concealer will look slightly gray. No worries, it really is pink.).
There are plenty of great concealers at the drugstore. L’Oreal makes good ones, and even a crayon formula, and Revlon, Rimmel, and Maybelline all make good ones. My personal favorite right now is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles, and if you’re worried about the sponge tip, just do like I did and pull it off. I just dispense the concealer onto my fingertip. And, while I haven’t tried it, I’ve heard the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer is quite good too. It may take a little trial and error, but eventually you’ll find one you like. And if you’re just not sure and would like me to answer some of your questions, please either leave me a comment or email me!
*CORRECTION: the powder shown in this post has been reformulated and repackaged. A similar powder to the one shown here is the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. Sorry for the inconvenience; I just noticed it today at Walmart.