Dark circles are like billboards on our face that tell everyone we didn't get enough sleep the night prior. But for some of us, dark circles are unavoidable regardless of how much shut-eye we get.
While it often seems like they're practically indestructible and nothing can hide them, we're happy to report it can be done. And we're even happier to report that they can be covered without breaking the bank. Celebrity makeup artist Jessica Scantlin let us in on some amazing tips that will hide any traces of pesky, dark under-eye problems.
“To hide dark circles, first look if you have a bluish undertone. If so, you want to use more of a yellow-based concealer. If your undertone is darker and browner, then use orange,” says Scantlin. She loves Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Fierce and Tangy and Maybelline Corrector Concealer ($6).
Don't have a special color-correcting concealer on hand? Scantlin says lipstick will do just fine: “If you have a semi-sheer orange lipstick, you can double it as a corrector. Just make sure to blend it in well with your normal concealer.”
Speaking of your normal concealer, don't go casting that to the side just yet. If you have a trusty formula that covers well, using it in conjunction with color correctors will yield the best results. Says Scantlin, "Make sure it's creamy to blend well under the eyes. If it's too dry, it can make you look older. Once you have applied a sheer layer of the yellow or orange, use your regular concealer over it to buff it in."
Especially for your dark circles that are the result of sleepless nights, Scantlin swears by this trick for awakening your complexion: "Drawing concealer out to your hairline in an upward motion really helps lift your face and is honestly an instant face-lift," says Scantlin. Use these trusty wedge sponges to blend everything up and out.
Lastly, Scantlin says to use translucent powder to set your entire look. This will help keep your concealer in place to cut down on sliding and creasing.
While concealer and makeup are only a temporary fix, we love this eye brightener from Olay. It fights seven signs of aging, like fine lines, dullness, puffiness, and, of course, dark circles to help liven up the under-eye area. Apply daily to see gradual yet amazing results.
Another great fix for dark circles is this eye cream full of light-reflecting minerals to help brighten the area while it goes to work.
What have you found works best for dark circles? Tell us in the comments!
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