An easy 3-step makeup tutorial on how to cover dark under circles for brighter eyes.
Whether you’ve spent too many late nights binging on Netflix or been dealt an unlucky hand when it comes to genetics, sometimes we could all use a little help looking a fresher in the morning.
Dark under eye circles can happen to the best of us. And quite frankly, I’m tired of looking tired.
So if you want to know how to cover dark under eye circles, try this simple 3 step routine using eye cream, concealer, and powder.
3 Steps to Brighten Eyes
and Cover Under Eye Circles
Step 1: Prep the under eye area with a moisturizer
While you can use makeup to instantly camouflage darkness, you should start by getting to the root of the problem with a brightening eye cream.
A good eye cream can help depuff and brighten, as well prevent fine lines from forming in the delicate eye area.
The Vasanti Eye Wonder 2.0 is one of my current faves. It helps to brighten the eye area, while depuffing it with a cooling ceramic tip.
Another one of my go-to’s is the Dermalogica Biolumin-C Vitamin C Eye Serum which is a lightweight, antioxidant-rich vitamin C eye serum that brightens, hydrates, and firms.
Step 2: Conceal dark circles with a V-shape application
When it comes to choosing concealers for under eye circles, a common misconception is that you’ll want to pick one shade lighter than your skin. But when it comes to dark circles, you’ll need to counteract the shady undertones. Warmer peach tones counteract brown ones, and yellowish shades nix the look of tired purple skin.
Most concealers dedicated to under eye areas will usually have pigment correcting and light reflecting properties, helping mimics skin tone, without creating an ashy look. You’ll also want to look for a concealer that a lighter formula that will go on smoothly and minimize cakeiness.
When it comes how to cover dark under eye circles, I find applying in a v-shape makes a huge difference! Follow this by blending it into the area with a sponge. I find this application the most effective way to conceal dark circles and brighten the under eye area.
My long time fave is the Jane Iredale Active Light Under-eye Concealer. It comes in an easy to apply twist brush formula that reduce under-eye puffiness as it conceals and brightens dark shadows.
More recently I’ve been using the Vasanti Liquid VO2 Foundation and Concealer in 1 and have been loving it as well. I love how the formula makes my dark circles disappear effortlessly and how it doesn’t cake or settle as the day goes on.
Step 3: Set with a finishing powder
The last step is to set your set your concealer with a powder. A light dusting of powder helps keep your foundation and concealer looking fresh all day.
Plus a setting powder can also act as a light barrier against any pollutants and environmental aggressors.
I apply a generous amount to my under eye area and let it bake for about 5-10 minutes while I do the rest of my eye makeup. Then sweep off the excess with a brush. And voila, brighter eyes that will help you ready to take on your day!
For setting my under eye concealer, the Vasanti Lotus Brightening Powder does and amazing job keeping my makeup in place while brightening and blurring imperfections. It’s specially made for the under eye area and won’t settle in fine lines and create creases.
Another setting powder I love is the Givenchy Prism Libre setting powder. I typically use this one over my entire face as well as under my eyes. It creates the most flawless finish, and has mix of 4 pigments to help balance skin tones.
Let me know if you have any tricks to share on how to conceal dark undereye circles in the comments below!
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