Let's be honest, dark circles suck. They make you look tired, older, and just overall not put together. But have no fear! I'm here to tell you that there is hope. With the right makeup products and application techniques, you can fake a good night's sleep like it's no big deal. Here's how to cover dark circles with makeup so that you can take on the world (or at least your Zoom meetings) like a boss.
Products You'll Need:
-Concealer (1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone)
-Color Correcting Concealer (in a peachy shade)
Step 1: Apply Color Correcting Concealer
Start by applying a color correcting concealer in a peachy shade (can be light pink up to dark orange depending on the depth of your skin tone or discoloration) to neutralize the blue/purple tones of your under eye circles. Gently blend the product outward with your ring finger or a damp beauty sponge. Be sure not to overdo it, as too much product will crease and settle into fine lines throughout the day.
Step 2: Apply Your Concealer of Choice
Next, choose a concealer that matches your skin tone or is one or two shades lighter and apply it directly over the color correcting concealer. Again, gently blend in a tapping motion with your finger or a damp sponge until the product is well blended. This step is key in ensuring that your dark circles are sufficiently covered without looking cakey or overdone. If you need extra coverage, feel free to go in with a second layer of concealer. Just be sure to let each layer dry before moving on to the next.
Pro Tip: Use a small amount of product and build up coverage as needed rather than going in with too much from the get go. You can always add more if necessary, but it's much harder to fix overly done makeup.
Step 3: Set Your Under Eyes
After you've applied and blended out your concealer, set the area with a translucent powder using a fluffy brush like a larger crease eyeshadow brush. You can also use a power puff. This will help to keep your makeup in place and prevent creasing throughout the day. Once you've set your under eyes, move on to applying your foundation as usual.
Pro Tip: If you have dry undereyes, you can also spray a beauty sponge with setting spray and use that to set the makeup instead.
Step 4: Reapply as Needed
Once you've completed the rest of your makeup routine, take a step back and assess how your under eyes are looking. If they seem a bit dull or like they could use an extra boost of coverage, go in with another light layer of concealer and powder. Remember, less is more when it comes to covering dark circles—you don't want to overdo it! Finish up by spraying your face with a setting spray and voila! You're ready to take on whatever life throws your way (even if that just means binge watching Netflix on the couch).
Pro Tip: If you find that your under eyes are still looking a bit blue/purple after following these steps, try using yellow toned setting powder instead of translucent powder. It'll help cancel out any remaining blues/purples and give you an extra bright eyed boost!
There you have it! Our step-by-step guide on how to cover dark circles with makeup like a pro. Now get out there and rock those Zoom meetings (or Netflix binge sessions) like the boss lady you are! If you need a bit of help, higher one of our Professional Makeup Instructors for a Makeup Shopping Session and One on One Makeup Lesson and we'll help you pick out the perfect products and show you how to apply it.