Dark circles can be caused by several things: lack of sleep, heredity, sun exposure, bad diet, fatigue and stress. Whatever the cause, they make you look tired, dull and unattractive. But with the right products and application, you can easily conceal them and brighten up your face. Here’s how:
1. Choose The Right Concealer
First of all, it’s really important that we choose the right concealer for the job. Opt for one that is one shade lighter than your skintone. Don’t go lighter than that or, instead than concealing the dark under eye area, you’ll accentuate it! In addition, you should choose a concealer with either peachy or yellow undertones as these shades work well at counteracting the purplish and bluish undertones of dark circles. My favourite concealer to hide dark circles is Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. It’s expensive but it does the job really well and you only need very little for each application so it will last for ages.
2. Moisturize the eye area
Concealers tend to have a heavier texture than foundation as they have to completely hide any imperfections you may have. To make application easier, allowing the concealer to glide on smoother, and avoid a cakey appearance, apply a drop of moisturizer on the under eye area and wait until it is fully absorbed (should take less than a minute) before putting on the concealer.
3. Apply concealer
Once you’ve applied foundation, it’s time for concealer (some people prefer to apply concealer before foundation, which is ok too but I prefer to apply it after it). Place a few dots of concealer (be careful not to apply too much, less is more when it comes to concealer) on your under eye area, starting from the inner corner and following your orbital bone. Using your ring finger or a concealer brush, blend gently. Set it with translucent powder.
4. The triangle method
The classic method explained above works well at concealing dark circles, but it’s not my favourite one. The technique I usually use is called “the triangle method”. Basically, you apply concealer under your eye, down your nose and up to the outer corner of the eye again, creating a triangular shape, as illustrated in the photo above. Blend well. This will brighten up the face and give a more natural result.