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Five Tricks to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Dark circles under your eyes can make you look more tired and older than you actually are. While extra sleep and drinking more water can help, some people are just predisposed to under-eye darkness. Try these fast fixes for getting rid of those icky dark circles.

When it comes to dark under-eye circles, the dark knight rises pretty much every day for me. Of course sleep and hydration can improve darkness somewhat, but did you know that dark circles are hereditary too? As you age, the skin below your eye thins and dark circles become more prominent. But don't be discouraged. With color correction and concealing, you can make dark circles a distant memory. Try these five steps (and helpful products!) to erase dark circles under the eyes.

Cover Dark Circles Step 1


1. It's important to hydrate and prime the under-eye area first. Concealer will appear cakey and artificial on dry skin. I really love Smashbox Hydrating Under Eye Primer because it has a subtle illuminating quality to it. Pat on gently as you would an eye cream.


Cover Dark Circles Step 2


2. Now use a color corrector to cancel out the initial darkness so your concealer doesn't have to work so hard. I'm using NARS Concealer in Pear because my under-eye darkness is more purple/red. If you have more bluish under-eye circles, Benefit Erase Paste will be your saving grace. Erase Paste has a stickier texture to it, so apply it very sparingly. Apply in a fanned-out shape in the triangular area below your eye.


Cover Dark Circles Step 3


3. Next, we get to the concealing! A cream concealer works best, melting into the under-eye area. I love Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer. I've never had creasing with this. Instead of just applying to the half moon below your eye, brighten up the entire area under the eye by applying it in a fan shape. This will light up your face and eliminate the reverse racoon-eye look.


Cover Dark Circles Step 4


4. You'll want to set all your hard work with powder. I am using the yellow-toned Ben Nye's Banana Powder but any translucent powder works fine.


Cover Dark Circles Step 5


5. For a beautiful finishing touch, highlight the orbital bone, the c-shaped area around the eye socket, with a powder highlighter. If you have yellow undertones, try NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross, or if you're more pink, Stila All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten.

And there you have it: five steps to banishing under-eye dark circles for good. Below is a video showing all of these steps in action, so check it out!


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Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

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