There are some days that I get plenty of rest but still receive comments from friends that I look tired. And I wonder… What could be the cause? Doing a little research (and a lot of staring into the mirror) I realised… A-HA! It must be the dark circles under my eyes. They make my eyes look dull and droopy. I’ve tried various methods to conceal and lighten these under eye dark circles to no avail, and eventually realized that dark circles aren’t just caused by the lack of sleep. Other causes of dark eye circles include stress, aging, loss of collagen, nasal congestion and pigmentation irregularities.
However, in recent months, I’ve been to a couple of new makeup launches and shoots where make up artist, Larry Yeo, worked his magic on me. It seemed that no matter what product he used, he always managed to chase them blue-ish circles away. I was amazed and wondered what his secret was. So, instead of trying to smuggle him home with me to consistently ensure I had a gate-keeper of the dark (circle) realm, I got the make up guru to share how to conceal under eye dark rings using some of my current go-to products.
My current favourite products are:
1. Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation in O-03
2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium GINGER
3. LA Girl PRO Concealer HD Concealer in Pure Beige and Medium Bisque
Step 1 – Apply liquid foundation
Larry recommends applying a thin layer of liquid foundation first. I like the new Lancome Mat Miracle liquid foundation because it is extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear. On top of that, the Satin Light Creator gives a radiant glow even with minimal foundation.
I dab the Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid foundation all over my face, like I would applying foundation, and this time remember to also apply it under the eyes.
Step 2 – Apply NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger
The next step is to lighten the dark areas. Larry recommends applying a peach based concealer (NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium GINGER) over the grey areas.
I apply the concealer just on the perimeter of the dark circle and lightly blend it with a concealer brush.
By this step you can already start to see the difference between the two eyes.
Step 3 – Apply a mix of LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer
These concealers are great for those on a budget. Going at USD$2.50 a tube, I got two colors: the Pure Beige to brighten and the Medium Bisque as a color corrector. I would have never thought of it myself, but the expert, Larry, taught me to mix an equal amount of the LA Girl PRO Conceal HD Concealer in Pure Beige and Medium Bisque to achieve fuller coverage of the under eye circles.
With the new mixture, gently dab from the lower lash line towards the cheek bone. Cover the entire under eye area with this concealer. Be careful not to smudge the previous concealer – in this case the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – at the edges.
Remember, the skin under the eye is the thinnest part of your face and should be handled with care. Avoid over-tugging and pulling as this causes fine lines.
Step 4 – Powder with loose powder
Lastly, to finish, cover the entire under eye area with loose powder.
Brighter under eye that puts the focus on your pretty peepers!
Here’s a side by side comparison of the difference….
My eyes look brighter and less tired! No photoshop required. Yipeeee! I DID IT!
Thank you Larry Yeo for the tips!
I hope this tutorial was useful for you. How do you girls conceal your dark eye circles? What products do you use?