One of the most common problems for women and one of the questions I get asked most as a makeup artist is – how can I cover my dark under eye circles? Unless you’re lucky enough not to suffer from some sort of hyperpigmentation under the eyes, it’s something a lot of us struggle with. Particularly if, like me, you have young children!
Although, contrary to popular belief, dark circles are not always caused by lack of sleep. In many cases they are hereditary however, diet can also play a part including a lack of Vitamin K – commonly found in leafy greens such as kale and spinach. All in all it’s important to ensure you’re eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep – easier said than done.
Even though it’s a problem a lot of us suffer with, it’s not something that can’t be helped with some clever makeup application and the right products.
Here are some of my top tips for covering those unsightly circles to create a ‘wide awake’ look –
- Choose the right colour – you should use a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone and has more of a yellow base. If you’re unsure, get a colour match at a makeup counter.
- Choose the right concealer – Using a cream concealer works best (I love Estee Lauder’s Double Wear concealer), but choose one that is light and won’t crack or crease into fine lines around the eyes. Use either your fingers or a concealer brush to apply however, you only need a small amount so use it sparingly.
- Apply your concealer in the right place – this seem obvious – you apply it directly under your eyes right? Well, not exactly. You should only apply concealer where your dark circles actually are – typically a semi-circle from the interior of the eye down towards the cheek. Apply it after your foundation and eye makeup.
If you’d like a more visual lesson in how to conceal, please contact me regarding a makeup lesson where you can learn more top tips.
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