The Trick To *Really* Covering Your Dark Circles
Posted on July 14 2021
Dark circles happen to the best of us. They seem to magically materialize from sleep deprivation, seasonal allergies, or following a late night out—but making them disappear isn’t always so easy. How do you fake brighter eyes? Turns out, there’s a trick that really can make your dark circles disappear—and many of us are probably skipping it.
Step 1: Prime
Start by applying your favorite face primer to smooth your complexion, prep your skin for makeup, and even out and blur the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and deep pores. This will also help the rest of your makeup last longer.
Step 2: Color Correct
The trick to *really* covering your dark circles? Color corrector. If you’ve never used it before, think back to the color wheel you learned about in high school art class—colors that are opposite each other on the wheel cancel each other out. This matters when it comes to covering dark circles because you can use a color corrector to neutralize the purple, blue or red shades under your eyes. If your under eye area tends to be more purplish-blue use our yellow Wake Me Up formula and if your under eye area tends to be more reddish use our green Bye Bye Redness formula. Simply dot it on underneath your eyes and blend it in using your fingertip or a makeup sponge.
Step 3: Conceal
Now it’s time to reach for your concealer. Select a shade or two lighter than your skin tone to most effectively counteract darkness, and dot it under your eye working downwards to create an inverted triangle where the lowest point hits the top of your cheek. Blend it softly with your finger or favorite makeup brush. This technique creates an all-over brightening effect, gives the illusion that your face is lifted, and better disguises any sign of darkness rather than just targeting the circles themselves.
Step 4: Set
After applying the rest of your makeup, set it with a powder or spray to keep it in place all day long. We love to use our Sea Mineral Hydra Mist or Mosaic Illuminator as the final step in our routine—for more info on which one you should use, check out this post.
Another tip? Work to correct your dark circles from the inside out by using our Renewing Eye Cream on a daily basis—the formula contains seaweed, chamomile, multiple vitamins, botanical extracts, and herbs to add moisture and help reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles under your eyes.