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.
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:
- Laura Geller The Real Deal in Medium
- Tarte Maracuja Creaseless in Medium (used for this post)
- Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength in 02 or 03
- Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up in Sand
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.
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!
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.
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!
Go about your day confidently looking and feeling your best. You deserve it!