This quick and easy 3-step process will brighten up the face and make the eyes look more awake!
Do you wake up early every morning for work looking exhausted? And have those awful bags under your eyes that are heavy and dark circles that make it seem as if you haven’t slept in years?
If so, we have the answer to help make you look fresh and awake! A makeup artist from Reddit is here to save the day with her step-by-step instructions of how to properly cover up your dark under-eye circles.
Step 1: Apply A Primer
Use any primer that will not crease. The makeup artists’ top picks are either the Too Faced Shadow Insurance or the Urban Decay Primer Potion.
When you use a primer, you’re preventing the actual concealer from seeping into your fine lines and basically disappearing throughout the day. And it makes sure to hold the concealer in place!
All you have to do is gently tap the primer onto the under-eye area where you will be applying your concealer.
Step 2: Using Concealer
So you can go two ways with this — use either a cream-based concealer or a liquid-based concealer.
Cream-based: The makeup artist says that her favorite concealer is the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer duo. Her reason being: “It provides a salmon toned concealer that will counteract the blueness of the area, and a brightening shade that you apply after.” She applies it after she has done her eye makeup, using her finger to dip into both the salmon and brightening colors. Once finished with concealer, she applies her foundation with a damp beauty blender. If there is any excess from the foundation, she applies it right over her under-eyes.
Another cream-based concealer that she recommends is the Tarte Colored Clay CC Concealer
Liquid-based: I personally find that the Tarte Shape Tape works best for my under-eyes. I just like how it brightens up my face and gives my eyes a good enough glow where I look refreshed as opposed to looking like a zombie at work.
Personally, I apply my eye makeup first then I put on my foundation. Once the foundation is on, that’s when I apply the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.
Other recommendations from the makeup artist are Maybelline Age Eraser in Brightening or MAC Pro Longwear Concealer.
Step 3: Setting It All In Place
Letting the concealer sink in for about a minute or two is important before locking it into place with a setting powder. Using a beauty blender with the powder can help to even out the surface and get the most coverage.
And the makeup artist advises that you should use a shade lighter than your normal color (or translucent powder).
A great translucent powder is the NYX Professional Makeup HD Studio Finishing Powder that leaves the skin looking smooth and luminous.
But if you are wanting a more high coverage powder, then I recommend using one of my favorites: MAKEUP REVOLUTION Luxury Banana Powder. This product is amazing and makes my under-eye area look flawless! And it stays on all day! So once my concealer is applied, I dip my beauty blender into the banana powder and lightly blend it in over the concealer and my under-eyes are good to go!
Additional Alternatives From Drugstore Brands:
Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Conceal