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Tips For Concealing Under-Eye Circles

Help a Reader Out With Dark Undereye Circles

In the Bella Community's Problem Solved group, reader IHEARTGGFASHION had a question about concealing dark circles. Think we can help her out? She says:

No matter what I try, I can never seem to mask my dark under-eye circles. And wearing eye makeup is the most frustrating thing of all. I can never wear dark colors or my face looks sort of dirty, but I can't wear light colors, either. And heaven forbid I try to wear liner or shadow on the lower lid. They all seem to make the dark circles seem more prominent. I need makeup tips for my light skin tone and Asian features. Please help!

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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Hm, what works fairly well for me (though I love to try new natural concealers; up next: the one by Vapour which looks insanely promising.) Currently I lightly apply 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream and let it soak in; then I begin to pat on 100% Pure Peach Brightening Concealer until circles begin to fade. I use an eyeshadow brush to sweep on a tiny bit of powder to set the concealer; I warm the pads of my fingers together and gently press them against the outer edge of the eye to rid any possible caking. I apply a little v-shape amount of champagne-tone light shimmer shadow into the inner corner of my eyes to give an "oomph." That is all but I find it works quite well.
JenniferIsabella JenniferIsabella 7 years
I'm Chinese and Vietnamese and I have HORRIBLE bags and dark circles under my eyes. I find that they get A LOT worse when I don't get enough sleep so 8+ hours of sleep a night does wonders. I also realized that my dark circles get A LOT darker after I go on a tropical vacation and during the summer when I tan, so to prevent my dark circles from getting darker, I use a TON of sun screen around my eyes. When I say a ton, I mean A TON. I pile it on and reapply very very often. I also like to set my facial sunscreen with a little bit of Bare Minerals foundation so everything stays in place for a little while longer. Every day, I also use the NARS duo concealer. The two shades are perfect for covering up my dark circles. As for puffiness, I like using an eye gel with caffeine like the one from REN (I got it as as sample from Sephora and eventually bought the actual product). I used to use the eye-roller gel from Garnier and that was good too, although it kind of made the skin around my eyes tingle when I put it on. It made my skin look a little tighter and less puffy under my eyes. I hope this helps!
angrypwincess angrypwincess 7 years
well....itz a quite common prob among us...especially itz really awful for galz...well i have use a lot of thiz to cover up my dark circles...home remedies,concealerz etc... they worked but not according to my want...i'm sure you havta luk after ur diet bcoz an appropriate and a balanced diet can cur dark circles to some extend and when u take lot of "fruits" and "vegetable" em sure ur dark circles will be cured...and when they will be cured n still u feel like u do have dark circles,then try olive oil..and the procedure is tht heat olive oil but not too much heat it "very little"...then use ur ring finger n massage under ur dark circles...doing thiz u'll surely get rid off ur dark circles :)....hope u'll act upon it :) thnx and yeah one thing more...after doin all thiz when it comes to make-up....choose 2 tubes of which is lighter then ur dark circles n one which is light then ur putting theze both u'll surely get bright eyes :) thnxxxx
Torance Torance 7 years
I began to have this same problem. My very favorite product is Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Creme. It really helps get rid of the dark circles. I had almost immediate improvement. Also, my favorite concealer is Coastal Scents. If you get the correcting quad, you can use the yellowish color. And last, I think MichellePhan on YouTube might have the same type of skin as you, and she talks a lot about how she conceals her under eye circles so maybe watching her videos could help. I hope all of our comments have helped!
Bebett Bebett 7 years
I have dark circles under the eyes due to allergies. One day, I went over to Sephora to try different concealers. I liked Benefit's Boi-ing, too, but found that Laura Mercier's Secret Concealer and setting it with Translucent Setting Powder worked better for me. They have an Undercover Pot that has both products plus the Secret Camouflage. I suggest that you do the same ... try different products until you find the one the works best.
cleo777 cleo777 7 years
Vitamin K is a must!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Wait I'm fourth to mention it..then Fourth!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Third the Benefit's Boi-ing! It rocks!
brilliance13 brilliance13 7 years
I am Chinese and recommend Benefit's boiing in 01 or 02. I use a blend of it daily and definitely try vit K.
dashak dashak 7 years
I'm Korean and I recommend Benefit Bo-ing or the concealer I've been using lately, Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in ivory, which has proven to be a pretty good under eye concealer.
caraboo10 caraboo10 7 years
Tinted moisturizer with SPF + stick foundation + powder. And always wear sunglasses outdoors!
Jettneko Jettneko 7 years
About the Almay Bright Eyes Base + Concealer, I meant to say "even IF it doesn't get rid of the circles, it's a great eye primer for your eyeshadow". I'd accidentally left out that "if", and it sounded like I was discounting the concealer's ability to cover up circles. :P
Jettneko Jettneko 7 years
First of all, how old are you? It's a known fact that as many women get older, the skin under the eye gets thinner and therefore, the capillaries in the skin show more. Sunning yourself too much, drinking too much, not getting enough sleep, consuming too much sodium (salt) and smoking (at all) will only make matters worse. Your problem may also be genetic or allergies (but only your dr may know for sure). If nothing else seems to work, you could talk to a dermatologist about plumping up the area under the eyes, with injections of off-label fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm, to get rid of the shadow under the eye. It's become a popular alternative for people who want little downtime. But there are risks: allergic reactions, bruising, swelling and nodule formation. Some people have bumps and lumps that don't go away for weeks, sometimes almost a year. But for those who've tried everything else w/o success, this is the best/only option & worth the risk. Personally, I'm a chicken when it comes to surgery, so I try to use alternative methods. To lighten naturally, you could try thin slices of cucumber, or teabags (squeezed out and cool). Because I'm poor, I'm currently using Claudia Stevens Dark Circle Eye Treatment ($4.99) at night and sometimes before makeup & I've seen some improvement. Then I found Almay Bright Eyes Eye Base + Concealer ($5-6) works really well for me (even it doesn't get rid of the circles it's a great eye primer for your eyeshadow). I've been told recently to look for lotions with vitamin K and the natural skin-lighteners kojic acid and licorice extract, so once I finish with my Claudia Stevens, I'll start looking for that (CS doesn't have any of that in it).
Marian55 Marian55 7 years
I'm very interested in your comments as I have the same problem. I am often told how to counteract blue or purple undereye circles with salmon but my undereye discoloration is brown. I have never heard anyone discuss how to conceal brown tones, yet I see many people with brown undereye circles. Also, any powder used to set the concealer always emphasizes lines under the eyes, giving a very crepey appearance that is as undesirable as the brown circles. Help!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Depending on what's causing your dark circles, they may not be treatable. Different things can cause them. Hyperpigmentation could be causing them and it can be treated with hydroquinone. However, for a lot of people, dark undereye circles are caused by broken capillaries and cannot really be treated; if that's the case, you have to stick with trying to minimize the puffiness (which will make the darkness less noticeable) and concealing well. I'm not saying you shouldn't try to treat them, but it can be frustrating to try every single treatment available and have no luck. If that happens, know that you're not alone! Dark circles are untreatable for a lot of people.
0037sammie 0037sammie 7 years
You could try a corrector under concealer- a peach shade corrector will get rid of any blue/purple shadows and putting concealer on top makes sure the dark circles are well and truly covered. As someone mentioned above YSLs touche eclat is also good- the peach colour and light reflecting factor in it help reduce the appearance of dark circles. HTH x
orbit87 orbit87 7 years
Dark Circles are kinda tricky to conceal. Benifit Bo-ing is great as well as their Erase Paste. Kat Von D's Tattoo Concealer is also amazing at covering anything and everything! Thats just concealing and covering the problem though. I would reccomend a treatment option too. Philosophy Dark Shadows is great for lightening and brightening under eye circles. There are so many different treatment options. There's definetly one out there that right for you!!
hisoka27 hisoka27 7 years
Often times the darkness is a blue-toned and therefore is best to counteract it with a salmon colored concealer. the sonia kashuk hidden agenda palette is great and inexpensive for what it does. also sometimes if you've done and tried everything and your dark circles still don't go this may be due to your eyes bulging out enough to create shadows in this case there's really nothing you can do but live with it or go to a plastic surgeon, yeah I have this problem and decided to live with it.
Trebbles Trebbles 7 years
oh its called Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfecter
Trebbles Trebbles 7 years
Maybelline makes a great product that works really well for me its got one side that has an eye brightening liquid and the other side has concealer, it instantly makes my eyes look awake and gets rid of the dark circles. and always set your concealer with powder or else the dark circles come back during the day. Also when trying to wear dark colors, using a lighter color to highlight the brow bone, inner tear duct and the lower lashline really helps. Stay away from a shimmery highlight, as it may be too dramatic.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I have really bad dark undereye circles as well. The best combination I've found is Make Up For Ever Full Cover to conceal and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat to brighten. Neither product is cheap, but they both work well.
SFCA SFCA 7 years
I really like Benefit's Boi-ing #3. I think it does a pretty nice job of evening out my undereye circles.
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