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How to Cover Up Dark, Undereye Circles

Try this 5-step system to mask the darkness under your eyes

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People often ask me if there's a way they can fix their dark, under-eye circles. Unfortunately, there's no way to permanently get rid of them. But the good news is you can cover them up if you follow these 5 steps.

Step 1: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

At night, use a thick cream formulated for under the eye. During the day, apply a lighter cream before you apply makeup. This will help your corrector and concealer glide on more smoothly.

Vitamin K eye creams such as Vita-K Solution gel or Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue can help strengthen capillary walls so dark circles and veins become less visible.

Step 2: Apply a Corrector

For women suffering from dark circles under their eyes, a simple concealer isn't going to work alone. Under-eye correctors are formulated for dark circles found under the eyes. They work by counteracting the purplish or blue circles under the eyes and they come in pink and peach shades.

I've seen great results from Bobbi Brown's correctors, which provide extra coverage and are formulated to be used under concealer. They come in Bisque shade, which is ideal for most skin tones, and Peach, which is best for olive and dark skin tones. I love that there are only two shades, making this an easy product to color match and therefore easy to buy online without having to traipse into a store to test. Buy it online for $22.

To apply, simply pat in corrector with the pad of your middle finger. For best results, apply on a clean face using either a concealer brush or the pad of your middle finger. Dot the corrector at the corner of each inner eye and continue to "paint" the corrector under the eyes close to the lashes. 

Step 3: Apply a Concealer

After your corrector is applied, you'll want to use a yellow-based concealer. Dot the concealer under the eyes and use the "pat method" to press the product into the skin. When choosing a concealer, I recommend a shade lighter than your skin tone. If your circles are very dark, you can go 2 shades lighter. Make sure to blend well so you don't get a raccoon look.

See my list of Top 12 Concealers.

Step 4: Foundation Time

Now you can apply your foundation to your face, hitting the areas that need it most. No need to cover the entire face in foundation.

Step 5: Set Makeup With a Yellow-Based Powder

Use a yellow-based powder to set your makeup. If you have super fair skin, use a white powder to set the concealer.

See my list of the best concealers.

If All Else Fails, Consider Laser Treatments

If you have a chronic case of under-eye circles, you could contact a doctor about lasers. Lasers can thicken the skin by increasing collagen production, so you are less likely to see veins, according to Los Angeles facialist Kate Somerville in InStyle magazine.

There are basically 3 types of undereye circles. Find out what they are and if you can fix them in my article, What Causes Undereye Circles?

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