One of the most frequent questions I’m asked on Snapchat (so over Twitter 😂) is how to cover under eye circles properly. It’s one of the harder tricks to learn when you’re first starting makeup, because it takes time and some good products to conquer them. Throughout the years, I’ve been able to read lots of books and watch a ton of Youtube videos on how to cover up some dark circles on my eyes, and I’ve found some pretty great tricks to help you guys! I’ve been using the same technique for about a year, and now it’s my time to share with you (I know, you can hardly contain your excitement).
TIPS AND TRICKS:::
• Color correcting has become increasingly popular lately (if you aren’t sure what that is, check out this post). Use a dark salmon or red/pink shade, and apply under your eyes. I apply some every time before concealer, and it’s actually what makes my eyes look brighter.
• A heavy under eye concealer is a must for covering your circles. My all-time favorite is itCosmetic’s Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer. You only need a super tiny amount, and it lasts a really long time. Not to mention it’s insanely thick and works miracles!
• Use a moisturizer under your eyes (try to add it 10-20 minutes before your makeup) if you tend to get dry there. This helps keep the product on longer and won’t dry out your skin!
• If you are color correcting under your eyes, be sure to use a medium to heavy foundation. Otherwise, you’re CC will show through (eek!).
• Grab a concealer brush or BeautyBlender and some under eye concealer so your under eyes don’t crease while applying.
HOW TO APPLY:::
1. Start by using some moisturizer under your eyes. I like to apply some about 15 minutes before I start my makeup so it can sink in and won’t interfere with my makeup.
2. Swish a small amount of corrector under your eyes. You don’t need to apply to your entire eye area, just on the dark circles. If you apply to much, it can look cake-y and show through your foundation!
3. Using a concealer brush (or BeautyBlender), blend in your corrector into your skin. To make it look blended in, try to spread the corrector all over your under eye area (in a triangle shape).
4. Apply your foundation all over your face and neck (if you wanna). I always use a wet BeautyBlender, but you can also use a brush or just your hands 🙂
5. Next, apply some under eye concealer as you usually do. I prefer to blend it in a triangle shape with the tip of a BeautyBlender.
6. Finish off with some powder. If you want to keep your makeup even more in place, you can add some finishing spray for ultimate setting powers 👌🏽
Color Correcting: I’ve been using the Tarte CC for about 3 months and it’s really great for fair skin. Since it’s summer, I’ve started to get really tan so it doesn’t work quite as well. I love the MJ stick CC, it’s really easy to use and comes with a ton of great colors!
Foundation: I’ve been switching between MJ’s foundation, a heavier, full coverage and the Tarte foundation, a lighter coverage and all-natural. They’re both really great and staying in place and have a matte finish.
Under Eye Concealer: I have all of these concealers, but my favorite will always be itCosmetics. If I’m going for a more natural look, I’ll definitly use another concealer since the ITC can be too thick for an easy look. ITC will always be my go to for a heavier makeup look. It stays in place, has amazing coverage, and is only $25.
Finishing Powder + Spray: I just started using a finishing spray for my makeup, and it really helps keep my makeup in place. SO impressive! I love ones that have a matte finish, since I’m more into matte than glossy/dewy. The NYX I shared below is great for the price and the UD All-Nighter is perfect for a long night.
Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, NYX Matte Finishing Spray, NYX HD Finishing Powder, Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Setting Powder, Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder
What are some of your tricks to cover up your circles? Share below! Thanks for reading 🙂