Here's How to Finally Cover Up Those Under-Eye Circles Correctly

We all deal with dark under-eye circles. Whether they're caused by poor diet, lack of sleep, or genes, there's no denying that dark circles are just a part of life. And while there are plenty of methods that can help reduce their appearance — everything from eye masks to dietary changes — the most consistent and reliable way to achieve a flawless complexion every single time is with good old concealer.

However, simply applying the product to your face isn't enough for the bright-eyed look; if you want perfect coverage that instantly brings life to your face, there are specific tips you should be incorporating into your makeup routine. Keep reading for four tricks that will change the way you apply concealer once and for all.

1. Go for products with rich pigment, not heavy texture

When picking the right concealer, look for a hydrating, lightweight formula with a rich pigment level. Pigment provides full coverage without being too heavy, which means a little goes a long way. While we'd usually recommend selecting a concealer that's one shade lighter than your skin tone, choosing a 2-in-1 foundation and concealer product, like the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer, will allow you to skip the guess work.

2. Apply the product in an inverted triangle beneath the eye

Instead of applying concealer in a crescent shape that mirrors the shape of your bottom lid, try applying it in an upside-down triangle, with the base of the triangle beneath your lid and the point of the triangle ending around midcheek. This way, the focus is drawn upward toward your eye, which in turn lifts the entire face.

3. Use your ring finger to blend

The pressure from your ring finger offers a lighter touch than your index and middle fingers but more control than your pinky, making it perfect for tapping the product onto the delicate skin around your eyes without tugging and pulling. Plus, unlike brushes or beauty blenders, your finger will warm up the product on your skin for a smooth, cake-free finish. With the slow drying formula of the concealer, you'll really have time to work it into hard-to-reach crevices.

4. Don't forget to cover the outer corner of your eyes, too

Whether there are shadows or creases, extending your concealer to this often-overlooked area can make a big difference in helping to lift and brighten your eyes.

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