Hi Makeup Geeks!
If you are anything like me, I hardly ever get the 8 hours of recommended sleep (hello coffee and eye concealer!) So to combat my dark circles, I have a 4 step method to hiding them like a pro. You’ll look like you slept like a baby the night before!
Step 1: Conceal
To counteract the blue/gray color under the eyes, you need to use a color opposite on the color wheel which would be orange. If you have fair skin, you’ll want a light to medium peach color. For medium to dark skin, a dark peach or orange color.
I use the Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer and my ring finger to apply a thin coat under the eyes. You need the color of the concealer to be 1-2 shades darker than your skin so it actually hides the dark circles. Apply the concealer low enough under the eyes to completely cover the dark circles (don’t worry about it looking orange, as 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, use a concealer the same color as your skin tone and pat on top of the orange concealer you just applied. This will blend the peach/orange concealer into the skin and make it appear more natural. I always use a foundation, for me I use the Estee Lauder Double Wear or the Cover FX foundation. I use the Makeup Geek Foundation Stippling Brush or a Beauty Blender to apply my foundation all over my face. Be careful around the eyes not to swipe off the orange concealer underneath. The goal is just to blend the concealer into the foundation.
- 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: Brighten
This step is optional, but if you feel you can still see your dark circles, you may want to brighten with a lighter color concealer. All you need is a thin consistency concealer like the Maybelline Fit Me or the Revlon Age Defying. Choose a color that is 1 shade lighter than your skin- this is to brighten under the eyes. Place a couple of dots under your eye and use a soft dome brush to blend softly.
- 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 2 shades lighter than your skin. Using the same soft dome brush, apply a thin layer under the eyes just to set the concealer and prevent it from creasing throughout the day. If you need powder all over the face, use a flat thin sponge and apply a thin layer of powder in the T Zone and under the eyes. My favorite powder right now is the Maybelline Dream Matte as it doesn’t get cakey.
- 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 all with your dark circles! I realize this is a process, but I swear by this method when I need some heavy duty coverage ;)