Concealing undereye circles is important if you want to hide your lack of sleep, even out your natural pigmentation or achieve that Kim Kardashian highlighted undereye area that makes you appear fresh and awake.
Undereye circles happen. Fact. Fear not, I’m going to let you in on a few tricks to conceal undereye circles and fool everyone into thinking you’ve had 8+ hours sleep!
Concealers vary in tone, coverage, texture and formula. This is for a few reasons – personal preference, colour correction, different skin types and where and what you want to conceal. For example, a liquid concealer with light coverage isn’t going to conceal a tattoo the way a cream, highly pigmented, waterproof cream concealer would.
The skin on the inner most corner of my eyes are a darker pigment, it almost looks like a shadow and I’m forever concealing the area with a colour corrector to neutralize the unwanted dark tone. I use a peach coloured corrector in the shade Bisque from Bobbi Brown then apply my usual concealer over the top so it doesn’t look crazy. You can apply the same technique to hide undereye circles.
Apply a colour corrector directly on the undereye circles after applying your base (foundation, BB cream, tinted moisturiser) such as the (1) Bobbi Brown Corrector. This step isn’t entirely necessary but for particularly pigmented circles it certainly helps.
Blend out with a brush or pat with a damp sponge like the (3) Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge.
Apply a concealer in an upside down triangle shape which is 2 to 3 times lighter than your skin tone if you’re going for a highlighted, awake undereye area, or a concealer that is your skin tone if you’re not a fan of the brighter under eye area look. I would recommend (2) NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (I use the shade Custard) or Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer.
Blend, blend, blend the area you applied the concealer with the same brush or sponge you used to blend the corrector. You want to ensure that your undereye circles are concealed – if you can still see some discolouration poking through apply another thin layer of concealer and build the coverage to your desired level.
To ensure your concealer doesn’t crease or settle into fine lines around your eye area and lasts throughout the day – you need to set your under eye area with a powder. I personally like to use a brightening setting powder such as the (4) Ben Nye Bella Luxury Banana Powder, which is a yellow powder. Kim Kardashian uses this same powder to achieve that bright under eye look. If it’s good enough for Queen Kim it’s good enough for Miss Fancye! Apply your powder with a damp sponge or a brush by tapping it onto the concealed area.
Do you see the craziness depicted below!? That’s a technique called ‘baking.’ Drag queens have been using this technique for eternity – it’s only recently the masses have realised how great this technique is for brightening up the undereye area and banishing undereye circles.
Check out MUA Tati baking her face below:
To bake you need a loose powder in a lighter tone than your skin colour with brightening qualities. With a brush or damp sponge pack on the loose powder over the concealed area – and I mean pack it on! Don’t worry you won’t be leaving it like that. Let it set for 5 – 20 minutes, finish doing your makeup, catch up on social media or browse through a magazine while you wait.
The logic behind baking is that the powder will have time to warm up to your skin and blend with the wetness of the concealer and lock in. When the time is up, take a large fluffy brush and dust the excess powder away. You should be left with a bright undereye area free of circles! Now twirl girl! Yass!
I don’t bake on an everyday basis because of the time needed to do it and it’s a pretty dramatic highlighting makeup effect – but it’s definitely an effective way to ensure you look awake all day and your makeup doesn’t melt in the heat or under lighting.
Drugstore Concealers To Mask Undereye Circles
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (Available in the UK at Boots)
High End Concealers To Mask Undereye Circles
- M.A.C. Studio Finish Concealer (my HG)
- Bobbi Brown Corrector
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Available at Mecca Maxima)
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (Available at Mecca Maxima)
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about these concealing techniques to banish your undereye circles. How do you conceal yours? Let me know in the comments below!