If you’re like the rest of us, you probably have some bad days when the thin skin under your eyes looks dark and tired. Even supermodel Cindy Crawford has bad mornings and once famously said, “Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.” So if you wake up to dark under-eye circles that make you look tired, older and unattractive, there are concealers in a wide variety of colors and textures to mask them. Hiding those dark circles won’t cost you an arm or a leg either, given there are excellent products that sell for under $10 — so isn’t it worth the small investment to make your eye area look good? Here are some tips to help you select and apply concealer products that will lift and brighten your face:
Use creamy products like Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer because the area under your eye doesn’t produce oil.
Be careful about the color you choose. If you choose a shade that’s too light, it will exaggerate your shadows and make you look like something is being covered up, so choose a shade that is just one or two shades lighter than your skin color and always avoid white and very light tones.
If your skin is pale or a very light-toned color, choose a bisque or a light pink shade such as the “fair” or “buff” shades of Neutrogena’s 3-in-1 Concealer For Eyes. The product also contains a broad spectrum SPF 20, is safe for contact lens wearers and it sells for $8.26 at Walmart. Almay’s Wake-up undereye concealer will reduce the appearance of dark circle and puffiness and the concealer has a natural finish. Almay’s products are always hypoallergenic, sensitizer-free, photosensitizer-free and fragrance-free in case you have sensitive skin. CVS sells Almay’s Wake-up undereye concealer for $9.49.
If you have darker skin, choose a yellow-based concealer like Physician’s Formula Concealer Twins®2-in-1 Correct & Cover Cream Concealer. The yellow will counteract the blue in dark under-eye circles. ULTA Beauty sells the product for just $4.79. Cover Girl’s Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer has a lightweight formula for all day coverage and it won’t clog pores. The product retails for $7.99 at Walgreens.
Apply your under-eye concealer AFTER you have applied the rest of your eye makeup to prevent the concealer from picking up any fallen makeup.
Use a sponge, fingertip or flat synthetic-bristled concealer brush to apply concealer.
Warm the concealer on the back of your hand before you apply it.
Dab a small amount of concealer to the center of your under-eye area and then, using small strokes, move from the center to the inner corner of your eye, then back to the center and, finally, to the outer corner of your eye.
Keep sheer — if you apply too much concealer you’ll make your eyes look smaller and the under-eye circles appear worse.
Once you’ve applied the concealer, brush pressed or loose powder to your under-eye area to set the concealer in place. Then gently use a sponge to sweep the extra powder off of your face.