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How to Conceal Dark Under Eye Circles

Thursday, September 06, 2012

As the beauty expert here at e.l.f., I get asked at least once a week how to conceal dark under eye circles so I figured I'd write a blog post about it. Dark circles are not as tricky as they seem. Most of us have blue/ purple tones under our eyes that make us look exhausted. Some people can get away with just using concealer, but for those of us with deep dark circles, we need something stronger!

Using a Corrector: Color correctors are a godsend when it comes to under eye circles. Using a yellow/orange based corrector will help counteract the blue/purple circles (based on Color Theory.) Correctors should be used BEFORE concealer as you don't want to walk around with orange and yellow under your eyes (try our Cover Everything Concealer in 'Corrective Yellow' or our Corrective Concealer.)

Using a Concealer: The next step to concealing under eye circles would be concealer! Duh. I recommend using a creamy, but pigmented concealer for under eye circles as this will look the most natural without looking cakey and dry (try our Cover Everything Concealer, Tone Correcting Concealer or our Complete Coverage Concealer). Something to keep in mind- DO NOT use an acne fighting concealer as the acne fighting ingredients can irritate the delicate under eye area. Go for a shade of concealer one shade lighter than your natural skin tone as this will brighten your face and under eye area without looking too obvious.

How to Avoid Looking Like a Raccoon: Where you apply the product is just as important as the products your using! The corrector should be placed only on the blue/purple spots and should be applied using a tapping motion with your finger. The concealer on the other hand can be used as a face brightener as well if used correctly. Apply concealer over the corrector under the eyes and down the sides of the nose and form a triangle and blend well! Again, only go for a concealer one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. Too light of a concealer will look obvious and crazy. For expert concealing, try our Flawless Concealer Brush.

To set all of your hard work into place, apply our HD Undereye Setting Powder. This light-diffusing powder helps further hide dark circles for a flawless, long lasting look!

What questions do you guys have about concealing under eye circles?

-Patti, contributing elfette

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Caateryna wrote:
1) 9/7/2012 9:43:45 AM
I always keep my eye cream in the fridge! It has a wonderful cooling effect!
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Sarah CDT wrote:
2) 9/7/2012 9:45:08 AM
I have dark circles and light skin no matter how much sleep I get. A yellow corrector is the only thing that truly works to cover them up! I've read, and believe, dark circles are mainly hereditary. Thanks mom!
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WhitNic wrote:
3) 9/7/2012 9:50:08 AM
I hate my under eye circles! I use the corrective yellow concealer, then apply my foundation, and then I apply concealer one shade lighter than my skin tone. I apply the concealer under my eyes, and down the side of my nose to create like a triangle shape of concealer. Blend well, and then my powder to set it all.
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morgn wrote:
4) 9/7/2012 9:50:24 AM
One of the best things I can recommend is to make sure you are drinking enough water daily. When I am properly hydrated I notice not just an improvement under my eyes but my skin in general. Also, a good nights sleep!
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babything30 wrote:
5) 9/7/2012 9:50:31 AM
I use an eye cream at night to help with the dryness i get from the concealers...i guess its time to try something new!
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annoasis wrote:
6) 9/7/2012 9:50:47 AM
I find concealers always settle into my fine lines...Is there any way of preventing this?
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KristieDukes wrote:
7) 9/7/2012 9:51:36 AM
Thanks for this blog topic! I've been looking for a way to conceal my dark eye circles!
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Under Eye Circles wrote:
8) 9/7/2012 9:51:56 AM
I have been trying for years to correct my under eye circles. I've used every shade of yellow and green I could find. A couple of tricks I've finally found that work. First I use a facial cloth cleanser that has cucumber in it. Very cooling on the eyes and seems to help. I read somewhere to try pink to cover under eye circles and finally my circles are gone. If you have tried the green and yellow without results it's time to try pink. Worked for me..........good luck.
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Em095 wrote:
9) 9/7/2012 9:56:45 AM
I try to always splash my face with cold water in the morning to look refreshed!
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MandyP wrote:
10) 9/7/2012 9:59:37 AM
I have suffered from dark circles for years. To help manage them I make sure to drink plenty of water. Under eye creams have never seemed to work so ive been applying a small amount of coco butter lotion under my eyes. So far it has seemed to work better then any under eye treatment ive ever used and far cheaper. After the lotion sets in I dab on my concealer.
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LisaLu wrote:
11) 9/7/2012 9:59:45 AM
The only thing that works for me is concealer.
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Kristi A. wrote:
12) 9/7/2012 10:03:00 AM
I have awful black circles and bags under my eyes. The only thing I found that works is a creamy yellow concealer. I apply it liberally, set it with powder and it does wonders. It helps to find a creamy concealer versus a thick and cakey one.
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SweetieAngel wrote:
13) 9/7/2012 10:03:34 AM
I usually just use concealer instead. I prefer more of a simple, clear, light-weight feel, even when wearing makeup. :)
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Lacquered-up wrote:
14) 9/7/2012 10:07:21 AM
I always dab a little white shimmer powder in the corners of my helps to brighten them up and look more open! I have small eyes, so when I am sleepy, this helps a lot!
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JessicaZ wrote:
15) 9/7/2012 10:07:31 AM
I use tea bags on my eyes for 5 minutes if i look tired. I also like to wash my face in the morning so my skin looks better and more awake!
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thisistas wrote:
16) 9/7/2012 10:09:10 AM
totally trying this out! thank youu!
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chochoney wrote:
17) 9/7/2012 10:10:32 AM
I drink plenty of water, use a color stick underneath my eye and dust on a very light blush. It illuminates your entire face.
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Pinky wrote:
18) 9/7/2012 10:15:13 AM
I want to try a yellow corrective powder under my eyes. I really hope elf comes out with a smaller package of the hd powder
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ahilario80 wrote:
19) 9/7/2012 10:16:34 AM
I have chronic, deep under eye circles (thanks Dad!). On days where the circles look bad, I use an under eye cream that will tighten and help brighten the area. I currently use Clinique's concealer, which is great but still does not fully hide the circles. I think I may purchase and try out ELF's corrector and concealer, so I can save $20! It sounds like this combo may do the trick.
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Lucretia wrote:
20) 9/7/2012 10:17:30 AM
I use fresh lemon juice and rub it under my eyes! It helps to naturally lighten skin and create a more even tone!
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poppyboo4 wrote:
21) 9/7/2012 10:18:13 AM
Thanks! Now I have to practice this tip!
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Kilgrim wrote:
22) 9/7/2012 10:25:15 AM
I have to disagree with the second part of the advice here, I always go for a shade DARKER than my normal concealer, then set with e.l.f's under eye setting powder mentioned above(that stuff does WONDERS). Using a lighter concealer highlights under your eyes, and highlights the fact you're trying to conceal something. Its like putting a spotlight on them. Whereas using something with a darker orangier tone will nix the blue-ish hue (see colour wheel). Then blend out into whatever you may use for the rest of your face. This will result in an even colour through-out. Specifically I use two elf all over colour sticks (I'm fairly fair :D) Honey for the eyes, and Light Beige for the rest.
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scarlettbelle wrote:
23) 9/7/2012 10:26:35 AM
i have real trouble with dark circles, but i recently ordered the cover everything concealer and am loving it! it makes a huge difference to those circles... thanks!!
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isadorable wrote:
24) 9/7/2012 10:31:00 AM
I've been using dog's fair/glow concealer under powder foundation, and it works great!
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sparkleluvr wrote:
25) 9/7/2012 10:31:16 AM
I usually don't have too much trouble with dark under eye circles, but when I do I find using a concealer with a little luminosity really helps! :-)
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Talar883 wrote:
26) 9/7/2012 10:37:14 AM
I'm always plagued with that caked on look... how do I avoid that?
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me. wrote:
27) 9/7/2012 1:52:05 PM
I always put eye shadow primer on my circles before applying concealer. It works like a charm and leaves my undereye smooth.
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28) 9/7/2012 5:58:27 PM
Why am I not ever 1 of the first 25? It seems to be the same ones over and over. No sense in even commenting anymore or even trying.
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