5 Steps to Conceal Undereye Circles

Whether you work too much, don’t sleep well at night, are an exhausted mama, or wound up with some less than favorable genes, there’s a very good chance you suffer from undereye circles.

I have been plagued with them my entire life.  Okay, maybe not my entire life, but from about the time I started the crazy adventure of hormones.  Towards the end of elementary school, I remember people coming up to me and asking if I was okay.  Maybe I had some unfortunate illness?  Maybe I was bulimic and needed to seek treatment (I was also excessively thin, worsened by the fact that I was very tall for my age and a late bloomer)?

For me, the dark undereye circles started with the genetic kind.  Then they worsened as I became an insomniac teenager.  And some time after college when I thought I’d finally catch up on sleep, we started a family.  Needless to say, concealer and I go way back.  Waaaaay back.

How to Conceal Undereye Circles Step 1

Lucky for me, studio lighting downplays the darkness ;)  But on the left side of the photo, you get a very good idea of what my circles look like:  more of a brown discoloration than a blue/purple baggy tired look.

There are a few things to consider when choosing an undereye concealer:

  • blue circles are best covered by a peach corrector
  • purple circles are best covered by a yellow corrector
  • yellow also counteracts red, which is common in some genetic discoloration

My circles do have some red toward the inner corners.  Because of my warm skin tone, I’ve never had any luck with peach-toned correctors.  They always make me look ashy and draw more attention to what I’m trying to cover up in the first place.  I opt for yellow tones with a heavy-coverage formula.  I prefer creamy concealers or those than can be found in a jar.  Some of my favorites for my coloring:

Step 1:  Yawn, stretch, assess, reach for concealer.

Step 2:  Using my ring finger, I dot (okay, dab) concealer in a triangle under my eye, then extend it past the outer corner to more resemble a check mark.  This helps brighten the corner of my eye (see how dark it is above?) and makes it appear more lifted.  I do not apply concealer to the lid.  I rely on eyeshadow base and eyeshadow to cover up the darkness.

How to Conceal Undereye Circles Step 2

Step 3:  Using my ring finger, I tap to help blend.  then I lightly roll the tip of my finger to blend the remainder.  Never EVER drag the finger.  Tugging the skin ages eyes faster and the skin on the eyes already ages faster than the rest of the face.  No sense in speeding it up further!

How to Conceal Undereye Circles Step 3

Step 4:  Apply foundation.  I prefer to do this after applying concealer to get a more even color across my entire face.  It also allows me to see if I need foundation as a second layer over my circles.  Again, be careful not to drag that foundation brush over delicate eye skin.

How to Conceal Undereye Circles Step 4

Step 5:  Powder, fill in brows, add a light shimmery eyeshadow, heavy black mascara, and bright blush and lip color.  The whole face will look bright and awake!

How to Conceal Undereye Circles Step 5

Go about your day confidently looking and feeling your best.  You deserve it!

  • Procrast1nato2

    What’s the lip colour you’re wearing? It is so up my alley!

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      I want to say…. Too Faced La Creme Fuchsia Shock. I’m about 95% sure :)

  • http://twitter.com/BeautyReflectTS BeautyReflections

    LOVE this post! Great tips and you look gorgeous!

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      Thanks, dear!

  • themakeupfile

    Fantastic post Alison! I’m still dabbling with concealers so I seriously will keep your color tips in mind since we ALMOST have similar skin tones.

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      I find that a lot of concealers have a very limited shade range so you are probably the same shades that I listed above. However, I am very excited about the new NARS concealers that comes in 10 shades so I can’t guarantee that we’ll match on those :) Do you know your MAC match? What are some other foundation shades you use? I’m curious how close we are :)

      • themakeupfile

        The last time I went to MAC I was matched with NC37 in studio fix fluid and 4.0 in MatchMaster. Concealers are so hard for me as I don’t have dark dark circles but I do want my under eye area to appear brighter. I’m always afraid it’ll look too obvious.

        • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

          You could always try something like Bare Minerals Well Rested or a brightening setting powder. Or try using a lighter foundation on the inside of your face and a darker one on the outside.

  • http://twitter.com/BeautyVSarahS Sarah S.

    Everyone seems to be enjoying telling me they can see my dark circles now I’m a mom -_- thanks, everybody! These are useful tips ;)

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      Hahaha, people say the most rude things to new mothers and always think it’s okay. Even though new moms are amped up on raging hormones… I’ll never figure that one out!

  • priya1991

    wish my eyes looked like that

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      Thanks. makeup application techniques can change quite a bit about the appearance of the eye…making the shape look different, changing the color… are you interested in a specific tutorial?

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