Hi, Makeup Geeks!
It can be tough to get enough beauty sleep when our lives are filled with so many fun activities! Don’t you think? I know I hardly ever get the recommended 8 hours of sleep! If you do, then GO GIRL your Makeup Geek fam is proud of you! If you don’t then listen up! I have a 4 step routine to combat dark circles that will make you look like you slept like a baby the night before! Trust me, this works wonders!
Step 1: Conceal
Dark circles tend to be blue or gray in color . To conceal them you need to apply a color that’s opposite on the color wheel, which would be peach or orange. If you have fair skin, choose a light to medium peach color. For medium to dark skin, pick a dark peach or orange color. When choosing a concealer go for a shade that is 1-2 shades darker than your skin color. It’s really important to pick a darker shade, so it actually hides your dark circles. Apply the concealer in an upside down triangle with your ring finger, low enough under the eyes to completely cover the area. Don’t worry about your under eyes looking orange, we will blend it out in the next step.
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer- (Makeup Geek store)
Step 2: Blend
If you don’t wear foundation, choose a concealer that’s the same color as your skin tone and place it on top of the orange concealer you just applied. Blend it out and watch the peach/orange color disappear. For my girls who wear foundation, dot your foundation all over your face and buff it into your skin as usual. Be gentle around your eye area so that you don’t remove the orange concealer that’s underneath. The goal in this step is to blend the concealer and foundation into one.
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation–(Amazon) (eBay)
- Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation–(Amazon) (Sephora)
- Makeup Geek Foundation Stippling Brush–(Makeup Geek Store)
- Beauty Blender Sponge–(Makeup Geek Store)
Step 3 (Optional): Brighten
If you feel like you can still see your dark circles, you may want to brighten your under eyes with a lighter concealer. All you need is a thin consistency concealer like the Maybelline Fit Me or the Revlon Age Defying Concealer. Choose a color that is one shade lighter than your skin tone so it brightens the under eye area. Place a couple dots under your eye and blend it out with a soft dome brush.
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer–(Amazon) (eBay)
- Revlon Age Defying Concealer–(Amazon) (eBay)
- Soft Dome Brush–Makeup Geek Store
Step 4: Set
If you have dry skin, you can skip applying face powder and just use a matte eyeshadow that is two shades lighter than your skin tone. Using the same soft dome brush, apply a thin layer of eyeshadow under your eyes to set the concealer and prevent it from creasing throughout the day. If you like using face powder, use a flat thin sponge and apply a thin layer of powder in your T Zone and under your eyes. My favorite powder right now is the Maybelline Dream Matte, because it’s super smooth and doesn’t cake up!
- Maybelline Dream Matte Powder – (Amazon) (eBay)
- White Lies Eyeshadow (use the color “Beaches and Cream” if you have medium to dark skin) – Makeup Geek Store
- Soft Dome Brush – Makeup Geek Store
I hope this helps you solve the battle with your dark circles! I realize this is a process, but I swear by this method when I need some heavy duty coverage. Give it a try and thanks for reading!