How To Conceal Dark Circles With 4 Simple Steps
Did you ever go to an event with perfect makeup but then look in the mirror to see raccoon eyes show up only a few hours later?? We all been there unfortunately. We buy products that don’t stand the test of time sadly. I know for me personally, I found so many concealers out there a waste of money. We all want to know how to conceal our under eye circles completely. Fortunately, I have my 4 step method to share with you.
Noone wants creases from their concealer
If you don’t apply the concealer correctly, you will end up with more prominent looking raccoon eyes. Trust me, I have tried methods out there before only to end up with my dark circles looking WORSE!! You were able to notice the difference between where the concealer was applied versus not, and it just looked unflattering. No worries though, I will share with you my tested tips on how to perfect your concealer application no matter how bad those under eye circles may be.
Step 1: Find a nice eye cream/balm
The first step before applying concealer is to use a hydrating eye cream or eye gel under your eyes. The under eye area is very delicate and typically drier than other areas of the face, therefore, it’s crucial to hydrate that area well. I recommend using your ring finger to gently pat the primer all around your eyes in a light tapping motion.
The first eye balm I recommend is Tula’s probiotic Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm. This balm cools, hydrates, and helps brighten the look of dark circles. I love that it contains caffeine and provides a cooling effect to wake up my tired eyes.
The second eye cream I like is Cerave’s Under Eye Cream with Niacinamide. This eye cream serves as an under eye hydrator with ceramides and niacinamide to brighten and moisturize the under-eye area. Using this cream to act as a base for your concealer. I use mine daily and it helps promote the longevity of my concealee. It also helps minimize the appearance of fine lines with the help of hyaluronic acid.
Shop Tula’s Eye Brightening Balm HERE.
Shop Cerave Eye Cream HERE
Step 2: Apply your concealer over your foundation (not the other way around).
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The second step is to apply the concealer over your foundation, not the other way around. It’s very crucial to apply makeup from the thinnest base to thickest in order to prevent cakey concealer and promote the longevity of your makeup.
I highly recommend Tarte Shape Tape to conceal the most intense under eye bags/circles because the coverage is amazing. I honestly could not live without this specific concealer. I tried every concealer out there, and I always return back to Tarte’s Shape Tape simply for the fact that it makes the skin look completely flawless.
This concealer hides everything from acne scars to dark circles with very little product needed. Just make sure you are properly hydrating the eye since this concealer is matte. You want to avoid looking cakey.
The best way to apply concealer is in a “V” shape. This shape immediately creates a non surgical face-lift. The concealer will highlight the upper portion of your face beneath your eye drawing the focus upward.
SHOP Tarte Shape Tape Concealer HERE
Step 3: Set your concealer with a setting powder.
The third step is to set the concealer so it lasts all day and doesn’t smudge. Any pressed or loose powder will work. Just be sure you make sure you don’t get ones that leave a ghostly white cast or you will have an awful flashback in your pictures. No one wants that!!
I use a damp beauty blender and dip it in a loose etting powder. From there, I dab it gently under my eyes so I don’t transfer the concealer out of place. An affordable powder to set the under eye area is Maybelline’s Fit me Matte Powder. It is a matte setting powder but not drying or too flat. It has a tint to it so you don’t get a white cast like some setting powders leave behind.
If you lookiung for a prestige setting powder, Try my go to loose setting Powder by Laura Mercier HERE
STEP 4: Set your foundation and concealer with setting spray
The final step is to use a setting spray to lock that makeup into place. For this, I recommend Urban decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This spray helps your makeup look flawless for up to 8 hours! I also love to set the makeup with setting spray because it takes away the “powdery” effect that loose powders tend to create.
Now that you followed these four steps, your under eye circles should be concealed for 6-10 hours guaranteed! No more raccoon eyes. I also include in the photo above my top 4 drugstore concealers for different skin types/concerns and what problem they help to correct!
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