Tip #3: Brighten, THEN Conceal Undereye Circles
Let’s get real: Undereye circles can be so hard to deal with. Especially for those of us with hereditary circles – no matter how much sleep we get, we wake up to moody crescents – or who are prone to hyperpigmentation when even the slightest eye rub makes the darkness more intense. If you’re tired of hearing the dreadful, not to mention unsolicited “you look tired” comment from well-meaning friends and family, you know the struggle is real. Enter colour corrector and concealer to help lighten the load.
Colour correcting is different from concealing. It combines art and science to neutralize dark circles. A little colour theory 101: In order to cancel out one colour, you have to cover it with the opposite colour on the colour wheel. Since dark circles have blue tones, you want to find the colour opposite blue on the colour wheel, which is orange or peach.
Dab a peach-toned Colour Corrector
right where you want it, then gently blend using a Cream Color Brush
or the pointed end of a damp Blending Sponge
for precise application and to prevent tugging on your delicate skin. Start with three to five dots, and then if you need to add more, do that. Adding product is a lot easier than removing it. Let the corrector dry for a few seconds before moving to the next step.
Now we need to match the undereye area to the rest of your skin. Add a layer of Perfecting Concealer
in your shade, or for a brightened effect, try a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. Use gentle sweeping motions with the flat side of the brush or your ring finger to blend everything out. Why use your ring finger? Because it’s your weakest finger, it will keep you from applying too much pressure. Don’t rub, as that can remove product. Add another layer of product, if needed. And try this concealer tip: Start where your dark circle begins, at the inner corner, then travel outward adding a light layer of concealer wherever the darkness continues. You might also want to dab a bit at the outer corner to brighten and visually lift the area. Then blend, blend, blend!