My under-eye circles have always been a huge problem for me and one of my biggest insecurities. Ever since I was a young teen, I’ve always struggled with them. They’re so dark and brown, it makes the rest of my face look more jaundiced than it normally is and for the longest time, I felt like I couldn’t go out without makeup due to my dark circles. Now that I’m older, I’ve learned to live with them. They’re hereditary (thanks, dad) so I’m stuck with them for life but through many trials and many errors, I feel like I have finally figured out a way to make them disappear whenever I feel like it.
The greatest thing about my method is that it is both easy and effective, the second greatest thing is that it contains almost no high-end products and the one high-end product it does include can easily be substituted for something more budget-friendly.
1. The first thing I usually do is prep my eye by using an eye cream or eye gel. Any one will do, it usually works as a primer for your under-eyes and makes makeup easier to apply.
Despite my skins oily disposition, my under-eyes tend to be dehydrated so I usually apply an eye cream 20 minutes or so before I start my makeup, along with my normal moisturizer.
2. Next I take my LA Girl Pro HD concealer in “Yellow Corrector” and apply a generous amount. I then take my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and blend it all out.
My undertone is quite yellow so it tends to blend right into my skin. The yellow cancels out the brown in my skin, so I also take whatever product is left on my sponge and also apply it on my eyelids to cancel out whatever natural brown pigmentation I have there.
3. I add a few strokes of my Maybelline Fit me concealer in the shade “20” and use the same Real Techniques sponge to blend it out. This further highlights and conceals.
4. Now it’s time to bake. Due to both the lines under my eyes and the folds on my eyelids, any concealer I apply tends to crease like crazy and simply setting it doesn’t really work, at least not if I want it to stay in place all day. Baking is the only thing that has ever worked for me. Yes, it can add a lot of texture but I think that depends mainly on the products you use. If you use a very heavy concealer and then add a thick powder on top, it can look very cakey. However, due to my skin prep before and the products I use being light and liquidy, I don’t experience that at all.
I am currently using MAC’s prime + prime transparent finish powder. I take a generous amount of it and pack it on my whole area including my eyelids (oily eyelids are the bane of my existence). I leave it on for a couple of minutes and then I make sure I properly dust off all of the excess with any type of powder/kabuki brush. I do not brush it off with a brush that has more powder on it like I’ve noticed some other bloggers do, I’ve tried that before and it just made it look very heavy.
If you notice while you’re baking that the lines under your eyes seem to be more pronounced, do not panic. Once you properly dust off the excess, they will disappear.
So, that’s the end of the tutorial. Despite my skin’s oily and creasy disposition, this method usually makes my under-eye makeup, and any eyeshadow look I do, last 8/9 hours. I wouldn’t recommend this method to anyone with normal-dry skin but it should work great for anyone with oily/combo skin. And if you do try this method out, let me know how it goes!