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. 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 favorite tips on how to perfect your concealer application. P.S. I always used this technique when I was a makeup artist ☺️.

conceal dark circles in 4 easy steps

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 is Tula’s probiotic Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm. This balm cools, hydrates, and helps brighten the appearance of dark circles since it contains caffeine. It also provides a cooling effect to wake up tired eyes/puffiness.

The second eye cream is afforable which is Paula’s Choice Vitamin C Eye Boost Cream. This eye cream serves as an under eye hydrator with vitamin C and peptides to help brighten and prevent aging aournd the under-eye area. I use this cream to act as a base for your concealer. I use mine daily, and it helps promote the longevity of my concealer. It also helps hydrate the eye area since it contains hyaluronic acid.


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Step 2: Apply your concealer over your foundation (not the other way around).

How to apply concealer

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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 almost every dark spot 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.

Tarte Shape tape concelaer

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

OR For and Afffordable Setting Powder Try: Maybelline Loose Setting Powder .


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 hours! I also love to set the makeup with setting spray because it takes away the “powdery” effect that loose powders tend to create.

SHOP: Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray HERE

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How to conceal dark circles.

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