How to Cover Up Dark Circles
Dark Circles under my eyes have always been an issue for me…they’ve been there since my teens, I believe due to me suffering from intermittent bouts of asthma, allergic rhinitis, and insomnia throughout the years, plus my eye-rubbing habit which I’ve tried to get rid of. I’ve kinda learned to live with them, but when I want to look not tired, more awake, and fresh-faced, I need to cover them up effectively. If you also have dark undereye circles and need to cover them up, hopefully you’ll find this how-to to be of some help.
Step 1- Apply a light eye cream on your undereyes.
Get a tiny dot of it, a very small amount, and pat gently onto the skin. Wait 5-10 minutes or until the cream is absorbed, when your skin doesn’t feel too moist anymore. You have to wait until the product gets absorbed because applying concealer on still-moist undereyes might make it slip off the skin. This step is essential because it helps prevent fine lines or any dryness from being further emphasized.
Step 2- Use color corrector.
Including a color corrector into my dark circle-concealing routine changed my life. Well maybe not as dramatic as that, but it made things much easier and it really helps neutralize the darkness under my eyes, without looking unnatural, grayish, or ashy. This step is a must, especially for really dark circles. I’ve only ever used Bobbi Brown’s, I guess I stick to it because it works for me. It’s a little pricey but I think it’s worth it. I know Ben Nye, Cinema Secrets, and MAC also has these.
You have to pick the right shade of color corrector for your skin. According to Bobbi Brown, if your skin is pale or light, you should use pink-based correctors, while if your skin is medium or deep, it’s be better if you use peach-based ones. Put these only on the areas that need it, it doesn’t need to be the whole undereye area. Use a little at a time to prevent caking. Try doing light layers, not getting a whole dollop at once. I like to apply mine with an eye kabuki brush, then blend it by patting lightly with my ring finger.
Step 3- Apply concealer.
On top of the blended color corrector, apply concealer. I personally prefer pigmented liquid ones, because I find that it’s less likely to cake on top of a cream color corrector. I also prefer one with a slight salmon, orange, or peach tinge to it, even though I already have a peach color corrector on underneath. I find that it helps make the concealer look more natural on my undereyes. I like to apply this with a small, precise brush, then blend it with my finger. If after this, your undereyes look a bit oily, very lightly dab it with a thin tissue to get rid of the oil.
Step 4- Set the concealer.
The Philippines is a hot, humid country, and the product settling onto the lines on the undereyes later during the day is simply inevitable. Setting your concealer with translucent powder helps minimize that though. Look for light, translucent or just lightly tinted powder, and not a heavy, pigmented powder, (ex. mineral foundation), because the latter will probably cause caking on the undereyes. If you notice the product on your skin caking later on, dab gently with your finger to help blend it out.
Step 5- Reapply (optional).
It’s up to you if you want to reapply sometime afterwards. I do this if most of my concealer has faded (often due to sweat). If I see that most of the color corrector is still intact, then I just reapply concealer, then set. However if your undereye is a bit moist from sweat and a lot of the corrector and concealer has faded off, I recommend wiping off any remaining product, and redoing everything, if you have the time.
And that’s how I cover up my dark circles! If you have any personal tips, please do share!
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