This is the third and final step of my guide to getting rid of dark circles: how to hide your circles while they’re disappearing from your lovely face!
So hopefully you have already read the first part of the guide. If not, I highly suggest you read Dark Circles – Gone for Good! Part I first, as it will explain how to get rid of circles without having to disguise them everyday.
PICKING A QUALITY CONCEALER
This really depends on your preferences. I like cream concealers because they’re easy to apply and they just glide nicely over the delicate skin of the under eye area. I have also just started using mineral powder to conceal the area and I actually like it just as well. Lately, if I’ve skimped on proper sleep or green veggies and need a little coverage for my bluish-purple circles, I’ll use Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation mineral makeup in Neutral 01 ($1.50 for a generous sample, $20 full-size) and follow it up with a light dusting of their Satin Finishing Powder in Yuki ($1 for a sample size, $15 full-size). I’ve also tried using 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Concealers in Creme and White Peach ($20 and $21) underneath the mineral powders, and that works well — I found that I get less creasing that way (I tend to smile a lot, and I’m not going to stop just so I get less concealer creases haha).
I recommend you look up some quality, natural concealers from 100% Pure, Alima, nveyECO, Dr. Hauschka, Living Nature, Suki, or The All Natural Face (I can’t wait to try some her of stuff). That’s the first step, because getting a concealer that will conceal effectively and not dump a bunch of junk chemicals into your blood is very important. When selecting a color, go for the best match to your skin tone, or one shade lighter (I like to go right with my skin tone, since my experience is that the lighter colors always make it obvious you’re wearing make-up…it can even look like a reverse racoon).
Bear in mind you also want to select a color that will cancel out that of your circles. So, if yours are blue or purple like mine, use a yellow-toned concealer. If your circles are brown or yellow, use a peach-tinted concealer. Your other option is to use a color correcting (also called “color balancing”) powder or cream underneath your regular skin-toned concealer. This works great as well, and many of the companies I listed above offer color correcting cosmetics. (And if you have any product suggestions, leave a comment, I’d love to know about it!)
STEP-BY-STEP CONCEALING FOR YOUR UNDER-EYE CIRCLES
Step 1. Apply a quality eye cream with your ring finger or a soft brush (I love 100% Pure and Talulah eye creams, and sometimes I’ll use plain ole’ jojoba oil). Be gentle! Let it sit for 5–10 minutes so it absorbs properly.
Step 2. Using a concealer brush (I use Alima and Sigma brushes), apply your color correcter over your circles. Don’t forget the inside corner of your eye. Skip this step if you’re using a yellow– or peach-tinted concealer.
Step 3. Using a concealer brush, apply your cream or powder concealer, drawing an upside-down triangle under each eye. Fill in the triangle with concealer. Remember to get the inside corner of your eyes as well. See the picture above for clarification on this Triangle Method.
Step 4. Use a wedge sponge or a clean brush to blend out the edges of the concealer. If your coverage gets cakey, put a tiny bit of your eye cream on a cotton swab (q-tip) and dab it onto the cakey part.
Step 5. If your under-eye area has a deeper line (appears sunken in), apply a highlighting powder or fluid over the area to bring in some light.
Step 6. To set your concealer, apply a layer of mineral powder over the top. I use a finishing powder, as I mentioned above.
OPTIONAL STEP. If you like wearing eyeshadow, there are some colors that will further help to keep attention away from your under-eyes. Use a gold, gold-flecked, gold-brown, or rich brown color on your lids if you have blue or purple circles. For yellow and brown circles, go for taupe. As a general rule, use a shimmery shadow on your lid. Use a white eyeshadow, white eyeliner pencil, shimmer powder, or highlighting liquid right on the inside corner of both eyes. If you’re comfortable lining your waterline, do so with a white eyeliner pencil to help further brighten your eyes and draw attention away from any darkness underneath.
And you’re all done!