After countless backstage interviews with the beauty industry’s top makeup artists, I’ve witnessed the pros turn the most haggard, over-worked model into a bright ray of sunshine in no time. Clearly I’m no model, but as a writer/editor with a bazillion meetings, shoots, and deadlines, the sleep gods aren’t always in my favor, which leads to the dreaded dark circles.
Jessica K. from NYC has the same concern, asking, "How can I cover up my under-eye circles with makeup?"
Over the years, I've swiped some pointers from the pros to help conceal the dark bags under my eyes. Now you too can ditch the baggage with these eye-brightening tips, ahead.
A kick-butt eye moisturizer is key. You don’t want your makeup caking into dry, cracked creases. Darphin Dark Circles Relief and De-Puffing Eye Serum gets a gold star for its ability to tackle a variety of issues effectively. I recommended this to a co-worker and she’s been a loyalist ever since.
Darphin Dark Circles Relief and De-Puffing Eye Serum, $76, available at Darphin.
Laziness made me anti-primer for years because I felt like the two-second application process would somehow cut into my sleep time, but I eventually drank the primer Kool-Aid. It works wonders. I don’t like MAC Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer for its ‘prepping’ or ‘setting’ abilities, but because it makes my eyes a bit more radiant — I need all the iridescent, illuminating, light-reflecting help I can get.
MAC Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye, $30, available at MAC.
The concealer-before-foundation debate rages on. I’ve seen makeup artists do it both ways, so it’s up to you. Choose a concealer with a yellow base and a shade lighter than your foundation to help balance the purple-blue color of the dark circles. If your circles need a little extra TLC, go two shades lighter than your foundation. Lightly dab with fingertips or a small brush so you don’t get reverse raccoon eyes. We’ve all seen the celebrities with eyes that appear to be 14 shades lighter than their face.
I’ve also used my foundation as my concealer. Using a makeup sponge, put a little on your dark circles (layer as much as you need without overdoing it), let it set and then apply the foundation to the rest of your face. And because I hate the stifling temperatures and obscene amounts of sweat that comes with summer, a spritz of Urban Decay’s Chill Makeup Setting Spray keeps it all in place.
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