25 May

How To: Concealing Those Pesky Under-Eye Circles

I realized that it has been a while since I’ve done any how-to’s, so get ready to beautify your eyes (stay tuned tomorrow for a how-to on smoky eyes!)

I have battled under-eye circles forEVER, and regardless of how much sleep I get, purple-ish rings have become a permanent fixture on my face.  I can’t believe I’m posting this on here, but I suppose you have to see a before photo in order to see the difference.  Here I am without any makeup:

All I can say is: thank God for concealer!

Here’s how you can fix your own circles:

Step 1: Moisturize.  It’s important that the under-eye area is fully hydrated— this will help the concealer go on smoothly while keeping it from settling into fine lines.  I use Boot’s Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisture.

Step 2: Wait until the moisturizer has fully dried, then use a small concealer brush (it has almost the same feel as a lip brush) to apply an even layer of concealer along the entire under-eye circle.

Step 3: Use a cosmetic sponge to dab the concealer into the skin.  DO NOT rub— this will just wipe it off.  Simply blot until the concealer is fully blended.  (If the blotting does not easily blend the concealer, it means you’re using the wrong shade.)  If you can still see dark circles, repeat steps 2 and 3.

Step 4: Use a foundation brush to blend powder foundation over your concealer.  (I don’t wear foundation on my face, but I never skip this step— it helps to smooth and mattify the creaminess of the concealer.)

Here’s the finished product:

Ta-Da— beautiful eyes, no caffeine necessary!

Do you suffer from under-eye circles?  Do you have any other special tricks for hiding them?  What is your favorite concealer for under your eyes?


{ posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 }


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Comments: {2}

  • Caitlin writes:

    Kim, I’m SO glad you did this post! I’ve suffered from what I call dark eye syndrome my whole life (my mom too!) and I feel like nothing works! I’m excited to try this out! A friend recommended Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector but I’m not sure if I’m really satisfied with it. Can you recommend a good concealer?

  • Kimberly writes:

    @Caitlin- I use Sonia Kashuk’s concealer palette, which you can buy at Target for under $10, I believe. Let me know how this method works for you!

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