Take these top tips from a celebrity makeup artist to instantly brighten your eyes.

By Krista Bennett DeMaio
Updated September 21, 2020
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For anyone with dark circles under their eyes, you already know that it can be a complicated issue to tackle. There are a few reasons for darker under eyes, including leaking blood vessels, poor circulation, genetics, allergies, lack of sleep, and hyperpigmentation. And because there are so many possibilities for having dark circles, it can be difficult to know how to combat them. But there is a solution that's easy, quick, and almost everyone can benefit from, and that's makeup. (Well, concealer, specifically.) Even if you're not a pro with products, don't worry because you definitely don't have to be. Here are a few tips on how to cover up the dark area under your eyes with the right product for you.

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Pick the Right Formula

First, you'll need to pick your product. Nail the right color, texture, and type with these pro tricks.

  • Make it for your eyes only. All concealer is not created equal. You don't want to use the same cover-up on both under eyes and blemishes, says celebrity makeup artist Luis Casco. The concealer you use under your eyes should be about half a shade lighter than your skin tone to have a brightening effect, he says. Use a too light shade on other facial flaws, and you could make them stand out more.
  • Texture matters. For delicate under-eye skin, you want a concealer that's creamy, soft, and lightweight says Casco. Unless your under-eye skin is extremely oily, drier concealers can look cakey on thin under-eye skin, and they're harder to blend, he explains. Try Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer ($31, Sephora), a two-in-one product available in 40 shades.
  • Keep it simple. Walk down the concealer aisle, and you'll spot many color-correcting formulas in shades of green or yellow. And while they do work to counteract certain unwanted tones in your skin, they're not always user-friendly, says Casco. They're especially tricky for the novice. If you want to give one a go, try a yellow-based cover-up, which counteracts blue and purple tones such as the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30, Ulta). The key is to apply the smallest amount possible, blend well, and then pat your foundation on top, Casco explains.

Conceal Correctly

Now that you have your perfect formula, you're ready to apply. Follow Casco's step-by-step tricks:

  • Location, location, location: Starting at the inner corner of the eye—usually the darkest spot—apply your concealer in a V-shape.
  • Blend lightly: Using a feathering motion, gently blend with your ring finger.
  • Seal the deal: Set the concealer in place with a dusting of translucent powder.
  • Banish bags: Got puffy under-eyes? Use another concealer that's two shades lighter than your skin tone. Brush it along the little crease the bag creates. It optically erases the line, making the bag look less obvious.

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