Dark circle cover up

How to Conceal Under-Eye Circles

Follow These Steps

  1. Prepare the skin with an eye cream
    Put a drop of eye cream on the tip of your ring finger and dab it lightly along the under-eye area, starting with the inner corner and working outward. Repeat with other eye.
    Tip: Eye cream plumps the skin, thereby making the veins underneath a little less visible. Choose one with light-reflecting pigments to further brighten the area, and a gentle skin-lightening ingredient, such as vitamin K. If dark circles are due to sun damage, an eye cream with alpha hydroxy acid will help lighten the unwanted pigment. If your circles are very dark, see a dermatologist to ask about a prescription cream containing the lightening agent hydroquinone.
  2. Apply the concealer
    Choose concealer with a yellow undertone to neutralize the purple color of the dark circles. Using a thin makeup brush and starting at the inner corner of the eye, where circles are darkest, gently dot the concealer along the under-eye area. Repeat with the other eye.
    Tip: Don’t substitute foundation for concealer. Foundation can dry out the delicate skin under the eyes, accentuating fine lines.
  3. Dab the concealer to blend
    Let the concealer sit on your skin for a few moments—the warmth of your body will soften it and make it easier to work with. Then, using your ring finger, tap the concealer gently into the skin to blend. Avoid pulling or tugging the skin.
  4. Apply a powder
    Using a puff, dab a little translucent powder over the concealer to help hold the look all day, prevent shininess, and keep the concealer from slipping into wrinkles and creases.

How to Conceal Under Eye Circles

One of the biggest problems that women face when getting ready for the day is how to hide dark circles under their eyes. Dark circles can be attributed to many causes such as allergies, heredity, and not enough sleep.

The majority of women apply a flesh colored concealer under their eyes, or just an extra amount of foundation. Following this routine however, can leave you with a cakey look making the fine lines or wrinkles more noticeable.

Using the correct type of products, knowing how they work and how they should be applied will tremendously aid you in concealing your under eye circles.



  • Beauty Blender Sponge (Makeup Geek Store)
  • MUG Foundation Stippling Brush (Makeup Geek Store)
  • NYX Small Powder Puff (Makeup Geek Store)


I don’t think we can stress to you enough how very important this step is not only in covering your dark circles, but in your overall foundation routine as well. Primers work wonders by helping any concealer or foundation to adhere to your skin and keep them from settling into fine lines and wrinkles. If you are uncertain about which primer to use or what kind is good for your skin type, please check out “Top 5 Face Primers”.
To apply, use your clean ring finger and gently pat out a pea sized amount of primer under each eye. The ring finger has the lightest touch and will keep you from pulling too hard on the area. Your goal is to apply a smooth, thin layer.


Concealer is the most effective tool for hiding dark under-eye circles. There is much debate as to which color of concealer works best for cancelling out those unsightly circles. If your circles are more blue-tinged, use a yellow based concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone. This color masks the blue discoloration and brightens the skin. If you have more brown colored circles, then use a peach or orange based concealer- 80% of all women fall under this category.
You want to use a concealer with a gel like base to avoid it caking up under the eyes. Bobbi Brown Correctors and Eve Pearl Salmon Concealers are my favorites. Using your ring finger, pat on a thin layer of concealer, paying close attention to the innermost corners, where many of us have dark shadows. Keep patting and gently swiping until you have a smooth even layer over your dark circles.


The next obvious step to concealing your under eye circles is to apply your foundation. Make sure the color matches your skin to where it will blend well down the neck line for a flawless finish. Place several dots of your foundation on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin area. Using a Beauty Blender or a stippling brush, smooth out your foundation to create a smooth finish. Make sure to get under the eye area covering the concealer, but be careful not to blend too harshly as it can wipe away the concealer you just applied.
Setting the Concealer
This is a very important step as it makes your concealer and foundation last much longer and not crease or fade throughout the day. Use a finely milled powder like Palladio Rice Powder, Benefit Powderflage, or NARS Loose powder. Using a small powder puff like NYX’s will prevent the powder from caking up and making the “problem” area more noticeable. Use the smallest amount of powder and gently pat under the eyes and onto the rest of the face.

That’s all there is to it! Now your face is ready for the rest of your fabulous makeup. Concealing dark under eye circles is such a daunting task, but with these helpful tips your eyes will be looking fabulous in no time.

It might sound like a crazed act of desperation, but red lipstick really can help conceal under-eye circles—if you know what you’re doing.

Think you’ve tried everything to conceal your dark under-eye circles? Consider the latest beauty craze: applying red lipstick under the eyes to colour-correct dark circles. As scary as it sounds, some beauty bloggers swear by the technique.

So does it work? That depends on the hue of your dark circles, not to mention your skill with applying cosmetics. If you’re a beginner or a bit beauty-challenged, red makeup around the eyes might make you look like a zombie at worst… or Helena in Orphan Black at best.

Still, everyone with dark under-eye circles knows they’re painfully stubborn and hard to conceal, so red lipstick is worth a try.

Understanding the Red Lipstick Trick

Red lipstick won’t conceal your under-eye circles. Instead, this trick neutralises the blue-green hues of most under-eye circles to make covering them easier. You’ll still need a good concealer, a steady blending hand, and a foundation that doesn’t settle into lines.

Red lipstick won’t work for everyone, though. Some people have reddish circles under their eyes, especially during allergy season. If your circles look more red than blue, or if you struggle with redness on your eyelids or around your eyes, the red lipstick trick probably won’t work for you.

Choosing the Right Formula

As with all things cosmetic, the key to success is choosing the right formula for your needs. Consider the following:

Matte lipsticks will settle into fine lines and wrinkles, potentially making you look tired. Because these formulas dry quickly, they’re also more difficult to blend.

High-gloss lipsticks may smear all over the place, making blending nearly impossible or creating a hyper-greasy look.

Cream lipsticks work for most people, but you’ll need to experiment. Benefit Benebalm is a great choice, because its sheer pigments makes it easier to apply and blend. If your skin is oily, you’ll want a slightly drier formulation, and you may need to use primer before you begin.

Applying Red Lipstick as a Concealer (Without Looking Bloody)

You’ve selected your lipstick and decided to take the plunge. Now what?

Red lipstick as a colour-corrector is a decidedly advanced technique, so give yourself plenty of time. Don’t be surprised if you need a few do-overs before you get it right. To master the technique:

  1. Clean the area under your eyes and apply a moisturising eye cream. Give the cream 5 to 10 minutes to fully absorb.
  2. Apply a primer to correct skin texture and tone. BECCA Eye Priming Perfector fills in wrinkles and lines while offering subtle colour-correction.
  3. Dab on red lipstick with your fingers or a beauty brush. The dark area should be completely covered, but there’s no need for multiple layers. Err on the side of a light shade of red, rather than going for full-on crimson.
  4. Blend, blend, and blend some more. The area should look pink when you’re finished, and there should be no visible clumps or globs.
  5. Apply your favourite under-eye concealer. Cream formulas tend to offer better coverage and blend better with lipstick. Since you’ll need to conceal the redness, you may need to switch to a formula with higher coverage. Try the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit.
  6. Finish with your favourite foundation. To avoid smearing your expert concealing, dab foundation under your eyes rather than aggressively blending it in.

It sounds like the set-up for a prank, but beauty expert Deepica Mutyala swears by the trick of putting red lipstick on your eyes to cover dark circles. Her YouTube tutorial has ignited a viral beauty sensation just weeks after she posted it in early January. Within a month, it’s been watched nearly 4 million times.

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So, how does it work?

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Dark circles are usually blue or green in tone. If you look at a primary color wheel, the exact opposite of those colors are oranges and reds. Applying a bright red color underneath your eyes actually neutralizes the color you’re hoping to cover. (Hint: You can apply the same technique to red or splotchy areas by using a green-ish color.)

But can this really work for my skin tone?

The best part is, this idea works for any and all skin colors! The only aspect it effects is what lipstick shade you may choose If you have fair skin, try a peach hue. If you’re tan or dark like Mutyala, an orange-y red will work best. The finish on the lipstick is up to you, but if you have especially dry skin you may want to use a moisturized lipstick.

Would you put red lipstick on your eyes?Deepica Mutyala / YouTube

How can I test it out?

Rule number one is to start in a small section and see if it makes a difference. Once you’ve chosen the correct shade and finish for your skin type, dab the lipstick around your eyes or on any discolored areas using an eye-shadow brush. Warning: This is where you look a little crazy!

Let it set for a minute, then gently apply concealer over the red areas with a makeup sponge. And there you have it, no more see-through concealer!

Last, but not least: Would you dare try it for yourself?

Mutyala admits that this is an advanced technique and one she learned from professional makeup artists, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment.

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Dark circles. We’ve all had them at some point. And we’ve all tried to cover them up. Concealer works, but sometimes that unslightly greenish/blue hue is still visible despite our best efforts.

Like a lot of women, beauty vlogger Deepica Mutyala, has tried to figure out the best way to cover up her dark circles. And recently, she stumbled upon a not-so-new (apparently, pageant contestants and drag queens have been using it for years) yet totally genius tip that promises to even out the skin color under your eyes. Hint: It involves using red or orange lipstick.


It looks super scary when you’re putting the lipstick on, but it actually makes a lot of sense. On the color wheel, red and orange are directly across from blue and green so they cancel each other out. Translation: When you dab on that red or orange lipstick, it neutralizes the green or blue color under your eyes, making it less visible.

Want to try it out? Simply dab a clean makeup brush into your lipstick and start applying the color under your eyes. Mutyala, who admits to using much more than you probably need, suggests playing around until you find the coverage that works for you. When you’re done, apply your favorite concealer and beauty blender to seal it in.

Still not convinced? Watch Mutyala’s transformation below:

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How to Hide Dark Circles Like a Pro

Hi, Makeup Geeks!

It can be tough to get enough beauty sleep when our lives are filled with so many fun activities! Don’t you think? I know I hardly ever get the recommended 8 hours of sleep! If you do, then GO GIRL your Makeup Geek fam is proud of you! If you don’t then listen up! I have a 4 step routine to combat dark circles that will make you look like you slept like a baby the night before! Trust me, this works wonders!


Dark circles tend to be blue or gray in color . To conceal them you need to apply a color that’s opposite on the color wheel, which would be peach or orange. If you have fair skin, choose a light to medium peach color. For medium to dark skin, pick a dark peach or orange color. When choosing a concealer go for a shade that is 1-2 shades darker than your skin color. It’s really important to pick a darker shade, so it actually hides your dark circles. Apply the concealer in an upside down triangle with your ring finger, low enough under the eyes to completely cover the area. Don’t worry about your under eyes looking orange, we will blend it out in the next step.

I use:

Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer- (Makeup Geek store)

Step 2: Blend

If you don’t wear foundation, choose a concealer that’s the same color as your skin tone and place it on top of the orange concealer you just applied. Blend it out and watch the peach/orange color disappear. For my girls who wear foundation, dot your foundation all over your face and buff it into your skin as usual. Be gentle around your eye area so that you don’t remove the orange concealer that’s underneath. The goal in this step is to blend the concealer and foundation into one.

I use:

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation–(Amazon) (eBay)
  • Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation–(Amazon) (Sephora)
  • Makeup Geek Foundation Stippling Brush–(Makeup Geek Store)
  • Beauty Blender Sponge–(Makeup Geek Store)


If you feel like you can still see your dark circles, you may want to brighten your under eyes with a lighter concealer. All you need is a thin consistency concealer like the Maybelline Fit Me or the Revlon Age Defying Concealer. Choose a color that is one shade lighter than your skin tone so it brightens the under eye area. Place a couple dots under your eye and blend it out with a soft dome brush.

I use:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer–(Amazon) (eBay)
  • Revlon Age Defying Concealer–(Amazon) (eBay)
  • Soft Dome Brush–Makeup Geek Store


If you have dry skin, you can skip applying face powder and just use a matte eyeshadow that is two shades lighter than your skin tone. Using the same soft dome brush, apply a thin layer of eyeshadow under your eyes to set the concealer and prevent it from creasing throughout the day. If you like using face powder, use a flat thin sponge and apply a thin layer of powder in your T Zone and under your eyes. My favorite powder right now is the Maybelline Dream Matte, because it’s super smooth and doesn’t cake up!

I use:

  • Maybelline Dream Matte Powder – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • White Lies Eyeshadow (use the color “Beaches and Cream” if you have medium to dark skin) – Makeup Geek Store
  • Soft Dome Brush – Makeup Geek Store

I hope this helps you solve the battle with your dark circles! I realize this is a process, but I swear by this method when I need some heavy duty coverage. Give it a try and thanks for reading!

Think you’ve tried it all? Maybe you’re just not using the right approach to conceal your dark under-eye circles. Here are five makeup tricks that really work.

Dark circles are talented little beasts. They have an uncanny knack for peeking out from even the heaviest foundation. And even when they appear invisible at home, they may turn into giant black marks under the unforgiving fluorescent lights at your office.

You don’t have to resign yourself to an appearance marred by dark circles, though. Five simple rules can help you achieve flawless coverage every time.

1. Address Puffiness First

Dark circles and puffiness often go hand in hand, especially if your circles are due to allergies or ageing, thinning skin. You might not be able to address swelling every day, but for special occasions, try applying ice to the area for 10 to 20 minutes.

For a skin-quenching treat, freeze a few cucumber slices. Cut them in half, applying one half to each lower eyelid. For an even more alert look, take a quick snooze and apply a whole cucumber slice to each closed lid.

2. Keep Your Makeup in Place

Concealer tends to move around as the day wears on. Rubbing your eyes, oily skin, and even excessive dryness can all wreak havoc on your concealer.

To lock your concealer down for the day, use a primer made specifically for the eye area, such as Laura Mercier Eye Canvas. If your skin is oily, you can set your concealer with loose powder. To prevent caking, simply dip a makeup sponge in water, then dab on a small quantity of loose powder.

3. Use Colour Correctors

If your concealer isn’t working, there may be a simple explanation. Too much discolouration makes your concealer look darker than the rest of your face, even with full coverage.

Colour correctors balance out your skin’s pigment, creating a fresh palette. The right colour corrector depends on the colour of your circles, which may change over time:

  • To counteract red hues, use a green colour corrector.
  • To neutralise purplish-blue under-eye circles, try a reddish colour corrector, such as Becca Backlight Colour Correcting Creme in Papaya. Yellow concealers also work well for this purpose, so experiment and see which option works best for your circles.
  • If the area under your eyes looks dull and pasty, but not discoloured, try a purple colour corrector to liven up your complexion.

4. Select the Right Concealer

Under-eye concealers should be a full shade lighter than your skin tone or foundation. Lighter colours reflect light, helping to awaken and enliven tired-looking eyes and correct for the dark hues of under-eye circles.

Steer clear of concealers designed for the face, and never use an acne-treatment concealer, which can dry and irritate sensitive skin around the eyes. Cream concealers such as Jane Iredale Circle\Delete offer the most coverage, but these formulas can be a bit heavy on oily skin.

If you have oily or combination skin, prevent the area under your eyes from becoming greasy and your makeup from melting away by using a good primer and setting your concealer.

5. Master the Art of Concealer Application

You might have heard that you should apply concealer first and then use foundation to blend the look. But you’ll get better, smoother coverage if you apply products in this order: colour correctors first, then foundation, then concealer.

Use your fingers, a concealer brush, or a beauty sponge to gently tap—not rub—concealer on, since an aggressive touch can irritate the delicate eye area. If the area looks discoloured or too light, you may have applied too much. Simply dab off any excess with a makeup sponge, and then blend the look to perfection.

Finally, if you have bags under your eyes, applying a light concealer to the entire area may accentuate the puffiness. Try brushing concealer along the line under the bag only. This helps visually flatten the area, and foundation may be the only other coverage you need.

So, you didn’t sleep a wink last night. Not only are you probably most definitely utterly exhausted, but there’s a 99 percent chance sleep deprivation’s most telltale sign is written all over your face — or at least under your eyes: deep, dark circles. And while genetic disposition could be to blame, sometimes the bluish rings below your eyes are brought on by — gasp — your everyday activities, like the aforementioned loss of Zzzs and dehydration. But you’re tired and have dark circles, so we’ll cut to what you really want to know: How do you cover them up? Luckily, the good people at Reddit are here for you with their own tried-and-true tricks to conceal dark circles. Here, we’ve rounded up the best (and straight-up wackiest) of the bunch.

Opt for a lightweight concealer.

“I think a lighter-weight concealer that doesn’t completely cover but still tones it down while looking more natural is the best balance. The thicker concealers just always stand out and really take away some dimension from the face.” —CrystalElyse

Try a color corrector.

“Some are born with them and some fine lines like me. Peach correction color and concealer is all that helps for me. Thing is, without makeup on at all I look fine and don’t look my age, but if I’m doing foundation it brings them out into the spotlight.” —PlumsweetSoda

Apply a smidge of foundation.

“I’ve tried all sorts of combinations of color correctors, concealers, and powders, but now I just wear a light layer of foundation on them. They show through very obviously, but don’t look cakey, superdry, or settle into my lines like the other options. I might look into some dewy peach-toned concealer options, though.”—allwordsaredust

Use eyeshadow under your eyes.

“I use a ColourPop orange eyeshadow, then concealer on my blue-vein circles. It seems to help. (I haven’t yet found a better orange color-correcting product!) A Super Shock in the color I Spy is not a very bright orange and it works on my fair skin.” —strawberryee

Accentuate those rings.

“I intentionally make mine darker. I use a little bit of the mauve color and taupe color from my Lorac Pro Palette and exaggerate them a little. I think it just makes me look better. But I totally understand why other people are not fans.” —LunchboxMcSnack

Wear glitter. Yes, really.

“Sometimes I will enhance my under-eye circles with glitter. Literally, just completely cover the dark circles with glitter. I use the Wet n Wild Glitter Color Icon Glitter Singles. I have every color and have already had to replace my gold one because I love it so much. People seem to not like it because they want it to go on like a normal eye shadow. It’s more like a gel. I love it because I’ll use it as fake freckles for my under-eye area. Sometimes I’ll use the gold one as a highlighter.” —willworkforchange

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Embrace them.

“My eyes sit really high on my face and although they’re wide (from corner to cornea), they aren’t very big (from waterline to lash line). Sure my dark circles are dark, but they make my eyes look big as hell and give me that “dark” vibe I really like. I love ’em; more people should definitely not feel self-conscious because of them.” —Solitaire_Mafia

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