Wanna talk dark under eye circles? Then I’m your gal. I’ve pretty much had them since I was 8 years old. I’ve got the pictures to prove it! The second I discovered makeup I began perfecting the art of hiding them. It just takes a little determination and patience. Let’s get started! The trick to hiding dark circles is finding a shade of concealer that’s right for you. This may take some trial and error. There are some important color rules to stick to. If your circles have a blue undertone, you’ll want to go with a peach concealer. If your circles are a purple hue, than a yellow base is the way to go.
Finding the right shade will involve some maneuvering at the makeup counters. Places like Sephora and Ulta are great at giving samples. When talking to the sales person, be specific when describing the type of dark circles you want to hide. Using words like dry and flaky, black and blue, or red and bruised will help to identify the exact product you need.
Other important steps to covering dark circles include the proper moisturizer and the right concealer brush. A flat small brush with a slightly pointed tip is great for perfecting this small, delicate space. When shopping for an eye cream, look for words like hydrating, lifting, or firming depending on you’re under eye needs.
Now, let the practicing begin!
Concealing Dark Circles:
Step One: Create a smooth canvas by lightly patting an eye moisturizer onto your under eye area. Let the moisturizer absorb for a few minutes so that the product doesn’t slide everywhere.
Step Two: Place a pea sized amount of concealer on the back of your hand and dip a small flat brush into the concealer.
Step Three: Working from the inner corner of your eyes, begin dabbing or patting the concealer up on to the sides of the bridge of your nose to hide any discoloration in that area.
Step Four: Begin to work your way down starting at the lower lash line and outwards. Getting as close to your lower lashes as possible helps to minimize any redness.
Step Five: Using your clean, dry pointer or ring finger; gently pat the concealer into the skin. The warmth from your fingers will distribute the product evenly and loosen up any cakiness.
Step Six: Lastly, dip a soft fluffy brush into a loose translucent powder. Lightly brush the powder up and outwards to give the concealer longevity and hide any shiny, glossy patches.
EXTRAS: If you are having a particularly “dark day” grab a nude or white eye pencil and rim the lower waterline of your eyes to brighten any redness.
***Tip: Need a mid-day pick me up? Always carry a small tube of moisturizer in your makeup bag. With your ring finger, lightly pat a very small amount of moisturizer into your (already concealed) eyes to freshen any creases or caking that has built up from the day. This helps to spread and smooth the product that is already in place to create a fresh look all over again.
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