I'm going to show you how I cover my dark circles and under eye bags. It takes a little practice and you can alter it to your needs by applying more or less product. Some of the products I use for this process are on the higher end side, but this can totally be achieved by using drugstore products. I don't do this exact routine every day because it takes some time. But if I want to feel my best and not look like I was punched in my eyes, then this is my routine!
- eye cream or eye gel
- pinky/peachy/salmon/orange/red toned concealer/color corrector
- concealer one-two shades lighter than your skin tone
- concealer brush or finger
- the lightest concealer you can find, or three shades lighter than your skin tone
- damp beauty blender or makeup sponge
- tapered powder brush
- small precision brush or lip brush
- translucent or yellow setting powder
- Very lightly apply a very thin layer of eye cream all around your eye area. Be sure not to apply too much or you will crease.
- Apply a thin layer of the salmon/peachy/orange concealer in just the area where it's blue/grey with your ring finger. This cancels out the darkness. If you don't have darkness, just puffy eyes, you can skip this step.
- Apply the concealer one-two shades lighter in a V or triangle shape underneath the eyes with a concealer brush or your finger.
- Blend with a dampened Beauty Blender or dampened sponge. Be sure to dab, not rub. Try the keep the concealer in that triangle area. Don't blend all over your face.
- Get a tiny amount of the lightest concealer on the back of your hand. Tilt your chin down, making your bags look exaggerated. With a small precision brush or lip brush apply it just in the bottom of the bag crease, or directly into the shadow of the bag. Be careful not to over apply this, it will do the opposite effect. If you don't have bags or puffiness you can skip this step.
- Dab and blend with your ring finger or very carefully with the beauty blender. Take your time doing this. You want to keep this concealer just in the crease.
- Once blended, apply a small amount of powder with the tapered brush. Make sure to not squint or smile when doing this. If there are creases when you are setting with powder, then there will be creases under your eyes for the finished look.
Some tips when using this technique for extreme dark circles and bags:
- Take your time and don't rush. If you only have five minutes to do your makeup, then don't try it quite yet!
- Use the correct color corrector. If you have fair skin, use a light pink or light peach shade. If you are medium toned, use a salmon shaded concealer. If you are deeper toned, use an orange or red color corrector.
- Apply a little powder at first, then add another light layer until it is completely set. If you add too much right away, it can crease!
- Do your concealer after you apply your eye makeup. That way, if you have any eyeshadow fallout, you can easily clean it up with a makeup wipe without destroying your perfect under eye concealer.
I know for some this may be a lot of makeup and steps, just to cover up your under eyes, but it works like nothing else! I mean, if you can fake a good nights sleep and healthy eating, then, why not?! You can reserve this technique when you have a fun night out or an occasion such as a wedding. It's not something I do every day, either. But if I want to look and feel on point, this is my go to, without fail process. It gives me that fresh, awake and "I live a stress free life" look. So, now you know the secret of how those celebs and models always look so well rested. And if you see me and I look fresh and well rested, chances are I took the time to go this technique.
I made a little video to go with this post. It's definitely not perfect (far from it). But it's my first video and it shows you the gist of how I conceal my under eye baggage. Don't be too harsh on my video skills...it's a work in progress!
Products I used for this technique are listed below: