How To Cover Up Under Eye Circles, Puffiness and Bags with Concealer

Cynthia Bailey, MD|March 30, 2015

  Untitled-10 Even if you have healthy, beautiful skin you can have under eye problems.  Dark circles, bags and puffiness can be genetic.   They also happen if you're tired, have been sick or your body is just a little 'under the weather'.   Most people try to use a makeup that's the same color as their skin tone but that doesn't work very well as you may have noticed. To convincingly blend the under eye complexion flaws, you need to look really closely and figure out what color they are and where the high and low areas are.  Look for:

  1. A shadow caused below a puffy area or naturally recessed eyes.  This is often viable at the very  bottom of the under eye area right at the bone of your eye socket.
  2. Red or purple color in the lower eyelid from circulation and your capillaries that are close to the surface of the thin under eye skin
  3. Hyper-pigmentation.  This is a darker brown coloring than your skin tone and it's often genetic.  

Once you've figured out what coloring is causing the visible circles under your eyes, you'll need to find the right techniques to camouflage them.Here are 2 steps on how to cover up under eye circles: the first is to counter the existing color problem, and the second will be to apply makeup to blend the area with your natural skin tone. Step 1.  Countering the under eye color problem:

  • If you have a shadow below a puffy area or deeply recessed eyes, apply concealer that is a shade or two lighter than your skin tone.  This will bring up the color so that the fold does not look so deep.
  • If your main color problem is lower lid redness, apply green cover makeup.  Green color is created by wavelengths of light that are the opposite side of the color wheel to red and these wavelengths will cancel out the red waves.
  • If your main color problem is purple, apply yellow concealer.  Again, purple is opposite to yellow on the color wheel and the waves cancel each other. 
  • If your main color problem is hyper-pigmentation then use a concealer that is two shades or so lighter than your natural skin color.

Step 2.  Apply makeup that is your true skin tone over your entire face including your eye area concealer.   That's it!   This two step process is easy to work into any makeup routine. It's simply a matter of finding the right makeup colors to counteract and then blend.

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