How To Conceal Dark Circles With 3 Simple Steps

Did you ever go to an event with perfect makeup but then look in the mirror to see raccoon eyes show up only a few hours later?? We all been there unfortunately. We buy products that don’t stand the test of time sadly. I know for me personally, I found so many concealers out there a waste of money. We all want to know how to conceal our under eye circles completely. Fortunately, I have my 3 step method to share with you. If you don’t apply the concealer correctly, you will end up with more prominent looking raccoon eyes. Trust me, I have tried methods out there before only to end up with my dark circles looking WORSE!! You were able to notice the difference between where the concealer was applied versus not, and it just looked unflattering. No worries though, I will share with you my tested tips on how to perfect your concealer application no matter how bad those under eye circles may be.

Step 1: Find a nice eye primer

The first step before applying concealer is to use base under your eyes that is moisturizing. This will help prevent the concealer from settling into the fines and wrinkles under your eyes. The under eye area is very delicate and typically drier than other areas of the face, therefore, it’s crucial to hydrate that area well. I recommend using a ring finger to gently pat the primer all around your eyes in a light tapping motion. A primer I recommend is Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Photo Finish Eye Primer.


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Step 2: Apply your concealer over your foundation (not the other way around).


How to apply concealer

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The second step is to apply the concealer over your foundation, not the other way around. It’s very crucial to apply makeup from the thinnest base to thickest in order to prevent cakey concealer and promote the longevity of your makeup. I highly recommend Tarte Shape Tape to conceal the most intense under eye bags/circles because the coverage is amazing. I honestly could not live without this specific concealer. I tried every concealer out there, and I always return back to Tarte’s Shape Tape simply for the fact that it makes the skin look completely flawless. This concealer hides everything from acne scares to dark circles with very little product needed. The best way to apply concealer is in a “V” shape. This shape immediately creates a non surgical face-lift. The concealer will highlight the upper portion of your face beneath your eye drawing the focus upward.

Tarte Shape tape concelaer

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Step 3: Set your concealer with a setting powder.

The last step is to set the concealer so it lasts all day and doesn’t smudge. Any pressed or loose powder will work. Just be sure you make sure you don’t get ones that leave a ghostly white cast or you will have an awful flashback in your pictures. No one wants that!!  I use a damp beauty blender and dip it in my Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder. From there, I dab it gently under my eyes so I don’t transfer the concealer out of place. Another alternative to set the under eye area is Maybelline’s Fit me Matte Powder.

SHOP Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder HERE

Now that you followed these three steps, your under eye circles should be concealed for 6-10 hours guaranteed! No more raccoon eyes. I also include in the photo above my top 4 drugstore concealers for different skin types/concerns and what problem they help to correct!

Did you find these steps helpful? Let me know down in the comments section!

Concealers for different skin types

Concealers for different skin types

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, Smashbox eye primer, and Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder can readily be found HERE!

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