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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Right Way to Apply Undereye Concealer

If you suffer from dark circles under your eyes like I do, there are a few things you can try. You can drink a lot of water, elevate your head when you sleep, get more rest, eat healthier, put tea bags or a cold compress over your eyes or try to reduce stress. Just Google this topic and you’re sure to find dozens of natural remedies.

The list goes on. Sometimes though, dark undereye circles are a result of genetics or another condition. It might be something you just can’t control. If you’ve tried everything and you can’t get rid of the darkness under your eyes, it’s time to invest in a great concealer and learn the right way to apply it.

You’ll need a good creamy liquid concealer in a shade just lighter than your skin tone. After you’ve applied your foundation, start at the inner corner of your eye and draw a line straight down with your concealer stopping at the bottom of your nose. From the bottom of the line you just drew, extend the line out toward the outer corner of your eye. Connect the two lines you drew to form a triangle, then fill in the triangle with concealer. You should have something that looks like this:

Yes, it looks ridiculous, but you’ll thank me when you’re done! The reason for drawing on a triangle is to make sure your concealer and foundation blend together. Most women don’t usually use a foundation and concealer that match exactly and the dark circles under your eyes make the skin appear a different color than the rest of your face. You want to make sure that you’re blending all your makeup together so your face is one color!

From here, you have a couple of options to blend out the concealer. My favorite way is using a damp makeup wedge. Wet the sponge, squeeze out the water and gently bounce it off your skin to smooth in the concealer. Gently blend the edges down and out and up toward your eye. Once you’re finished, use a fluffy brush to apply powder to set everything. Make sure you don’t apply the powder using strokes or a buffing motion; just press the powder on top so you don’t move any of the concealer.

Got any tips for covering up dark circles? Share in the comments!

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