Beauty 911: How to Get Rid of Dark Eye Circles

Filed under “most annoying beauty issues” (right next to smudged manicures and visible pores) is the ever-frustrating matter of dark eye circles. While it’s best to consider the root of the issue—dehydration, allergies, or lack of sleep are just a few culprits—for a long-term solution, sometimes a girl needs a quick fix. For an expert take on how to get rid of dark eye circles in a snap, I caught up with the über talented professional makeup artist Ashley Rebecca for her step-by-step solution…

1. Prep
Before you reach for you concealer, take a second to prep your skin. “You should always start with a good eye cream to hydrate, preferably one that has a brightening component to it as well to add instant radiance to the skin,” Ashley Rebecca suggests.

If you’re dealing with dark circles and puffy eyes, “the quickest and most efficient way to get rid of under-eye puffiness is to use a cooling gel eye serum and apply liberally first thing in the morning. This will help shrink the puffiness down to almost nothing before applying your cream and concealer.”

2. Choose the Right Product
If you’re battling seriously dark circles, consider color-correcting concealers. “They can really come in handy for helping to diffuse dark circles and bruising under the eye area. Depending on the skin tone, you can use a few different shades. My go-to colors are pink correctors for fair skin, and peach tone correctors for medium to dark skin. Most people are intimidated by using these colors, but when blended with your every day concealer you can’t see the pink tones or peach and they really work,” Ashley Rebecca says.

“I constantly use Giorgio Armani Master Corrector, and I am obsessed with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I have all of the shades, and a little bit goes a long way,” she suggests.

Also, be sure to choose the right shade for your skin tone. “Most people think the lighter the shade of concealer, the brighter it will look under the eyes, but applying a much lighter shade of concealer than your skin tone can actually backfire and cause the skin to look ashy versus natural. You want to go a smidge lighter on the concealer tone for under the eyes, but make sure it still blends with your natural skin tone, so when it’s blended it looks seamless.”

3. Apply Like a Pro
Then, after your cream has set, Ashley recommends to go ahead and apply your corrector and concealer, lightly blending until you get the desired coverage you want. “You can use a foundation brush, beauty blender sponge, or your fingers to blend concealer under the eyes.”

Finally, remember that a little goes a long way. Ashley explains, “When concealer starts to cake or looks heavy under the eyes it can actually make you look more tired, and becomes noticeable. Blending little by little is best, until you get just the right amount of coverage.”

See ya later, dark circles!

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xo Jessica
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  • Hortencia Valerio

    I have a question . Why does make up disappear? I use well known Products , In the evening I wash my face every night.i have dark circles under my eyes, and also I have lupus. Please can you help.

  • Batul Patel

    Wow ! it’s a really a wealth of information on dark circles under the eyes as nowadays most girls and even boys have this issue. Will surely try out the cooling gel eye serum and also the color correcting concealers! Since late nights have become a habit this is the only other option to stay afloat!
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