Ahhhh, the dreaded panda eyes that make you look extremely tired and make you receive unwelcome “are you sick?” questions. Trust me I know the struggle all too well. In fact, my makeup journey started because of my dark circles. They made me so upset and really ruined my confidence in middle school so I grabbed my mom’s concealer (and a green corrector which was a terrible idea) and I discovered the power of makeup. In this post, I’ll teach you how to cover darkness around the eye and will recommend some of my favorite products.
Step 1: Lifting/ Correcting the darkness
This may be the most important step in this whole process. Blue and purple tones under the eye will peak through as an ashy/ grey color if you only apply a light concealer. This is because of the strong cool undertone that needs to be neutralized first.
To neutralize an undertone, you should use a color opposite to the color you wish to neutralize on the color wheel. So, this puts you in the peach (light-medium skin tones) and orange (medium-dark to dark skin tones) area. This doesn’t necessarily mean a corrector; it could be a concealer or foundation with the needed undertone. Only apply the correcting shade to the areas with darkness and use a small amount. This step should be before your foundation if you will be using one.
(My Personal Favorite) Recommended Eye Cream that Corrects: The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment
This treatment/corrector hydrates and plumps while correcting the darkness. I love using this when I’m wearing no makeup or under makeup because it is so easy to apply and looks super natural!
Step 2: Concealing/ Brightening
This is the fun part when all your under eye dreams come true! Use either a medium buildable concealer or a full coverage concealer and only apply a small amount. Be sure not to bring it close to your lower lash line because that’s where concealer tends to crease and that area could easily be covered with some shadow smudged under the eyes. To blend the concealer, use either the warmth of your fingers, a wet beauty sponge, or a fluffy blending brush (think MAC 217 kind of brush). Build up the coverage as much as you like using a small amount at a time. Also, don’t blend your concealer immediately (unless it drys super fast which I don’t recommend anyway) and wait 30-60 seconds because as concealer sets, it gets more pigmented so it will cover more. My favorite concealers to use on myself and on clients are Tarte Shape Tape, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Nars Soft Matte Concealer, Tarte Creaseless Concealer (avoid if you have oily skin), Jouer Essential High Coverage Liquid Concealer, and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.
Step 3: Setting the Under Eyes
If your concealer creases, I recommend setting it for longevity or if you won’t be wearing it for long, just skip setting and make sure to pat out creases once they form.
The easiest way to set the under eyes is to use a translucent setting powder (really small amount, tap off the excess, and use a small fluffy brush to push it into the skin). If you find that this makes the area look a bit ashy, use a powder that adds some extra coverage and has a brightening undertone (yellow for light to medium skin tones and peach for medium-dark to dark skin tones). Apply using the same method you would apply the translucent setting powder.
I truly understand the struggle of under eye darkness more than anything so I hope this helps you! As always, if you have any additional questions or comments please leave them below or shoot me a message.