How to Cover Dark Circles Under Eyes like a Pro

Sometimes you can do everything right, but when you wake up and look in the mirror dark circles are staring you down. The only thing you can do at this point is to learn how to cover them correctly. Here we will learn how to camouflage your dark circles, and you can educate your clients!

How to Cover Dark Circles Under Eyes like a Pro

Before we get into how to cover your dark circles with makeup, we are going to review some easy alternative methods.

Your skin truly is a reflection of your overall health. The way you eat not only affects your weight and how you feel, but there are several ways your diet affects your skin. Eating a healthy diet is an ‘inside-out’ approach to having radiant skin.

Dark circles could be a result of anxiety, lack of sleep, or stress, but also a result of adrenal exhaustion, which can be caused by your diet. An excess of caffeine, sugar, or not eating enough can cause stress in your adrenal glands.

The adrenal glands are located near your kidneys and help your body control blood sugar, blood pressure, burn fat, and protein. It also serves as a sensor for illness or injury.

Another cause for dark circles can be a food allergy or sensitivity, so be sure to check with your doctor if your symptoms continue.

How to Use Makeup to Cover Up Dark Under Eye Circles

Keeping your dark circles under wraps after your late-night Netflix binge does not have to be a constant battle.

1. Prep Your Skin Before Application

The first step to keeping your makeup looking flawless all-day is, of course, skincare. The skin under your eyes is very delicate and prone to dehydration. To maintain ideal hydration levels prep your skin with an eye cream.

Use each night before bed and 15 minutes before applying makeup. During the spring and summer use a lightweight hydrating eye cream and when the temperatures drop switch your nightly cream to a heavier version. Be sure to use a light moisturizer in the mornings before applying makeup.

2. Apply Concealer After Foundation

Several of us learned to apply concealer before foundation, but the foundation will provide extra coverage, and your clients will require less concealer.

3. Tone and Color of Concealer

Use a concealer with the opposite color of the discoloration. For most women that will be a concealer with a peach or salmon undertone. Steer clear of yellow-toned concealers. The yellow tent combined with the blue/purple tone of the skin will leave most women with a grey cast.

4. Tone Down Puffiness

Use a darker-toned concealer when puffiness is present. The darker color will make the area appear deeper or smaller. The darker shade will help to pull the puffiness back and make the skin look even.

5. Application

When applying your concealer think of your eyes as the sun and lightly paint concealer sun rays under your eyes. Then use your ring finger or blending sponge to gently blend and smooth out the dashes in taps to avoid an unattractive streaky effect.

If you suffer from oily skin like me, you probably find your concealer hanging on for dear life by midday (or in my case mid-morning), try setting the concealer with a touch of loose translucent powder. Alternatively, try applying eyeshadow primer before applying your concealer.

To The Fabulous Ladies of MK:

Your clients consider you their personal guiding light into the convoluted world of makeup. Impress even your long-time makeup wearers with these nifty tricks and be sure to read our past UnitWise beauty blogs for more tools of the trade.

*Content found in the UnitWise blog is for informational purposes only. UnitWise is an independent business with no affiliation to Mary Kay®.


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