If you’re tired of dark circles staring back at you when you look in the mirror every morning, you certainly aren’t alone. Under-eye shadows can happen to the best of us. Whether they materialized from a night of overindulgence, seasonal allergies, or sleep deprivation, making them disappear involves the same correct and conceal strategy.
If dark eyes are dragging you down, you’ll need to know a few handy tricks to combat those pesky shadows. Take a gander at these five tips:
1. First foundation, then concealer
If you apply your foundation first, you'll find that you won’t need to use as much concealer. If you use concealer first, however, you'll most likely remove most of it while applying your foundation!
2. Color with caution
Choosing a concealer with an undertone color that’s opposite of your dark discoloration is a must. Dark circles tend to be blue or gray in color, so for most women, concealer undertones will be in the orange family. Using a peach, coral, or salmon pigmented tube of Gallany’s Light Diffusing Serum concealer will help fix up your color.
Always avoid using a yellow-toned concealer. Combining the yellow with the blue/green/black traces under your eye will leave you with grey raccoon circles! Not sure how to choose between a dark and light shade?
- Go lighter when there are deep lines under your eye. Lighter colors open up your eyes and bring them forward.
Go darker when puffiness is present. For puffy eyes, use a darker colored concealer. Dark shades help to recess, giving the appearance of deeper or less puffy skin. A darker color concealer will pull the puffiness back from your face, making it appear even with the rest of your skin
3. Form a triangle
The most flattering way to apply concealer under the eye is to draw a triangle with the point stretching toward your cheek. This shape conceals shadowy circles and instantly creates a face-lifting illusion. Think of it as holding a flashlight against your cheek, shining the perfect amount of light right underneath your eye and drawing the focus upward.
4. Be gentle!
Whether you rely on your fingers, blending brush, or a makeup sponge, using a light touch will make all the difference. If you only have your fingers to work with, try using your ring finder to bond the concealer with your skin. Since it’s the weakest of your fingers, it has the least likely chance of screwing up!
Gently use the tip of your concealer brush to smear a subtle amount under the eye. Applying too much concealer will create a cake-like effect once it’s time to blend. Restraint is the name of the game when applying concealer beneath the eye. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up accentuating the darkness instead of hiding it.
5. Blot away excess product
After applying your concealer, blot the entire area with a thin tissue to keep the product from settling in the creases of your eyes. To make sure your concealer stays exactly where you’ve placed it, use a setting powder to lock it in place.