Makeup hacks to conceal dark circles

Up your concealer game with these tips that will have you looking fresh and flawless.

Prepping is key
When it comes to achieving a flawless finish, prepping your skin is the first and most crucial step. The skin under your eyes is very delicate, so you need to give it a little extra TLC. Apply a lightweight eye cream that absorbs quickly into the skin. Wait for it to completely absorb into the skin before applying any makeup. Next up is a primer that provides a smooth base for the makeup. A primer will also prevent makeup from flaking or creasing and keep it in place for a longer time. Choose one that’s especially formulated for the eye area.

Learn how to colour correct
In order to hide those dark circles you need to add colour correctors to your beauty arsenal. Colour correction is based on the concept of the colour wheel. Colours on the opposite side of the wheel are supposed to cancel each other out. For example, red or orange colour correctors can help mask dark circles with blue or green undertones. Colour correction should be done before applying a foundation and concealer. Apply it sparingly over the area you wish to cover. Don’t cake it on, as you’ll be applying more products on top.

Select the right formula
Concealers are available in different formulations, so pick one that’s best for your skin type. If you have dry skin, opt for cream-based or liquid concealers so as to minimise flakiness at the end of the day. If you have oily or normal skin, you could try powder-based concealers, as these will give you a clean matte finish.

Get the colour right
With dark circles, it’s important to understand your skin tone and undertone. Try out concealers in different colours and in different lighting. Opt for two pigmented concealers—one that matches your skin tone perfectly, and one that is a shade lighter. This way you have products to conceal and brighten your complexion.

Draw an upside-down triangle
The under eye area looks like semi-circle, so it’s only natural you’ll want to stick to that shape when applying a concealer. Don’t. Apply your colour corrector and concealer in the shape of an upside-down triangle, with the point resting on your cheek. This shape will not only conceal the dark circle, but also give the illusion of lifting your face.
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Be gentle
Pat, don’t rub is your mantra when in comes to makeup. Be gentle with your touch when applying products. Dab tiny dots and blend the product in lightly, so as to not tug at the skin. Patting is more effecting instead of sweeping motions with a brush of beauty blender. Sweeping or rubbing can leave streaks and cause the products to settle in the fine lines. Patting gives you fuller coverage and a smoother finish.

Set with powder
Dust some loose powder in the under eye area to set your makeup. This will make it last longer and brighten the area. You can use a translucent powder if you’re looking for a natural finish or opt for a coloured powder to enhance the coverage. However, you might want to skip the powder if you have very dry skin, as it could end up looking cakey or dry.