How to Hide Dark Circles Like a Pro

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)

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.

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.

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.

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 ;)

Much love,

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To be honnest as a makeup artist myself I try to search for years for a drugstore concealer that has a peach tint to it like the eve pearl one and that as a excellent coverage too and to be honnest I did not find anything like the Eve Pearl one. But….The one I could recommand to you that is not a drugstore brand but they have amazing concealer corrector and these are they Yaby cosmetics one. You can used either there liquid corrector in the color apricot it is a salmon color corrector that is liquid it is amazing and it is only 13.55$ less expensive then the eve pearl one. Heres the link to this product: You can also try the corrector concealer also from Yaby that has a creamy texture it is a corrector that is also call Apricot. Here is the link to that product as well and it is only: 4.85$ but you have to know that these are refill that does not come with a palette and the pot are really really small the size on a penny but you need a tiny bite of products so it will last you forever and the coverage is amazing too. It all depend on your type of skin and if you prefer cream or liquid products. I highly recommand you those 2 concealer corrector that are peach tone. But as far a drug store brand I never found yet something AMAZING that covers well and that has peach tone to it. Hope that helps.

Would I still use an orange/peach color if I don’t use liquid foundation? I use bareminerals powder foundation. Right now I am using a yellow corrective concealer before I put on my loose powder. It definitely helps but doesn’t completely cover my dark circles.

Thank you for a video instead of just an explanation. But how the heck do you not smear and wipe away the corrector when you put your foundation on??? I do the same thing, with a similar brush, and I still end up wiping it away and my dark circles pop out again! It’s so frustrating cause mine are DARK.

I recommend two products that help hide the darkness, that I too btw have, I use Benefit’s Earse Paste, ITS AMAZING!! I have had mine for like 2 years, a little goes a long way!!! Also What I use time to time is the Maybelline Tattoo eye shadow in Fierce and tangy, I use a thin layer, but it works when you are using foundation!! Hope it helps!

I love, love, love Orange Masking Creme concealer by Judith August Cosmetics. It’s a 3-color orange/pinky/peach concealer that really covers my dark under eyes. A little goes along way, and they give you a huge concealer jar! I’ve used it for about a month now, and I’ll probably get another 5-6 months out of it. Before buying, I emailed them to see if I could get a sample, and they sent one free! They only specialize in concealers, which is awesome. I’m thinking of trying their acne concealer pencil next!

hi Marlena. My name is wawa and I’m from Malaysia. Just wanted to ask you, you see the thing is in Malaysia, i don’t think they have any concealers in the orange / peach colour. And the product range here is not as much as in the US. So you see, i was wondering, instead of using orange / peach, can we use the concealers like the colours of our skin but only in 2 shades darker? this would be really helpful if you reply. thank you :)