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I could use some tips on this too; I don’t have blue circles, but I do have dark circles, and deeply set eyes, I think, and when I put on foundation my dark circles seem more pronounced. But I feel like I can’t get concealer or foundation right on my undereye area to make it look okay. Help!

I have the same problem. Whenever I apply concealer on my dark circles, they don’t disappear, but turn grayish instead. I’m about to give up trying to hide them. πŸ™

I’ve never tried it myself, but I’ve heard MAC Paint Pots (in Painterly, Soft Ochre, and the like) work well under concealer to help neutralize the darkness. Enkore actually has a YouTube video on this. HTH

You need either a pinkish/peach (lighter skin) corrector or orange (darker skin OR darker discoloration on lighter skin. My favs: Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in Orange – arguably one the best products they’ve ever produced. Also, I find Eve Pearl’s salmon concealers to be perfect in color, but I really only recommend them for dry skin. I can only use mine when my eyes are dry from Retin A.

Same problem as you, actually. What works best for me is to dab some orange-toned concealer just on the border of the deep-set area and then dab gently until the concealer disappears, taking care not to spread it too much. Using a thin synthetic shader brush is the key– I don’t get as nice an effect when I directly deposit the concealer with a blender or my finger. It really has to be a brush so that I can follow the sunken half-moon shape. HTH

Maybe you can try a highlighter instead. YSL touche eclait, Clinique Airbrush, or Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch might help. Don’t put it all the way to the lower lash line because then it will make you look tired and puffy.

i have a similar problem and i have been having luck with Armini’s mistero colour corrector. i would usually be a 2 in colour but opted for the 3 as it had a bit more orange to it and the consistance is wot i really like as its very thin and works well withlines. i then put on my normal foundation and on days i feel i need a bit more i pop on mac studio fix plus powder with a damp fluffy brush. just a little. this so far has been working for me x

I’ve had very dark circles ever since I was a teenager, both beneath my eyes and extending into the hollows of my deepset and hooded eyes. At twenty-six, I have gone through five stages of aesthetic grief and finally landed on acceptance of their permanence. This being said, I do have a fairly regular routine that I follow that I find seriously reduces the look of them:

1. I use a heavy-duty makeup remover around the eyes, both at night when I’m removing my makeup and right before I start doing it in the morning. The reason for this is because I often find that mascara and eyeliner can often linger on my lashes without me realizing it, settling into the area beneath my eyes when I shower, which worsens the look of them.

2. Next, I take a medium to full coverage liquid concealer and spread over the eyelid, brow bone, and into the corners around it. I then set this area with powder. This an important step to increasing the lasting power of the concealer, especially on those of us with hooded eyes where creasing is inevitable. I also find using a pressed powder can increase opacity of the overall coverage.

If I’m wearing eye makeup, this is the stage when I put it on. Step #3 is the biggest and most time-consuming step for me, and I don’t want to repeat the routine due to eyeshadow fallout.

3. After that’s done, I then deal with my undereye area. Full coverage concealer here, usually a cream base. If I’ve slept poorly or the blue is really noticeable, I’ll double-up with a cream concealer first and a medium-coverage liquid concealer over top of it. (People with aged skin or natural lines under their eyes may want to turn to higher end products to avoid creasing in the lines.) I often use my fingers for this step because I find it helps warm the cream concealer and spreads it easier, but if it’s a potted concealer, then I’ll use a concealer brush to apply it around the under eyes area, then the MAC 217 to blend and smooth it out. Finally, I set this area with powder, usually one with a yellow tinge to it, as it helps to diffuse the look of the blue. (Bobbi Brown’s correcter is great.)

4. I apply my foundation. When I do my cheek area, I sometimes sweep it slightly over the under eye area for added coverage. If it’s a humid day, I’ll then touch up against under the eyes with powder.

5. Optional step, particularly for people whose dark circles are limited to the under eye area. If I’m using a subtle highlighter on my face, I’ll sometimes sweep a touch of it on the brow bone and inner corner to brighten up the eye. I try to avoid using a stronger highlighter here, especially because I have hooded eyes. Too much shine on the brow bone distracts from the face.

And that’s the whole of it! If it sounds like a lot, it is. πŸ˜› It’s probably the step that takes up the most time when I apply makeup.

Cleanser: Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover. I also like Lancome’s makeup remover, but that’s significantly pricier. Don’t be afraid to rub it in a little, since waterproof mascara can take some work to get off. If I had heavy eyeliner on, I’ll also dip a Q-tip into the bottle and run it over my waterline and lashline to make sure all of it is off.


For the lids of my eyes and brow, I use either Maybelline FitMe concealer or L’Oreal True Match concealer. I prefer the latter slightly, since it has better coverage and lasts longer. The pressed powder I use is a mineral powder from Maybelline, but really any pressed powder will work. I have a Wet ‘n’ Wild one that I keep at work that works just as well. The key is that it has to be skin-shaded, not translucent like some setting powders.

For under eye concealers, I like Bobbi Brown’s concealer/corrector duo. If you already have a full coverage have a full coverage concealer that you like, the brand does sell the correcting powder separately. Other high end brands I’ve seen recommended are Tarte and MUFE, but I’ve yet to try either of them. A cheaper dupe for the cream concealer would be the concealer sticks by Palladio, which have a yellow tint to them, and then I go over it again with Maybelline FitMe liquid concealer in a shade matching my skin tone. The downside to both of these products is that I do occasionally have product settling into the lines beneath my eyes, especially when it’s humid out, but then I also have deeper fine lines than most women my age due to the shape of my eye. For this reason, I often take the pressed powder I used on my brow and lid to sort of set it better, even if I’ve used BB’s corrector powder already.

As for my foundation, I’m currently using Maybelline FitME.

I don’t typically have dark circles, but when I do, I use a yellow-based concealer to offset the darkness. bareMinerals makes a fabulous powder one called Well Rested that can be used alone or layered over a cream or liquid under eye concealer and it doesn’t crease.

I use like 4 different concealers, then set them with Ben Nye Banana powder to mattify them and to prevent them from looking cakey.

After many years, I still haven’t figured out a foolproof makeup method for covering dark circles. While mine are definitely affected by how well rested/well nourished I am, the biggest cause of my dark circles seems to be that my skin is so fair and so thin around my eyes and you can see practically right through it! Ugh.

Right now I use Revlon PhotoReady concealer stick, but it’s not the best option – that much I know. I use it because it’s easy and quick. I do find the creamy, stick concealers are the most opaque. I did just buy a Clinique All About Eyes concealer, so we’ll see how that goes.

I’ve been using Clinique’s All About Eyes Cream Concealer in Light Neutral for years. It does a decent job and doesn’t settle into lines/wrinkles. I layer Ooh La Lift, Benefit, over it after setting it with powder. However, I’m still looking for my Holy Grail of concealers, my dark circles are quite severe.

I don’t really bother, to be honest. Mine are not very dark but I’m the same as Meg, my skin’s so fair and transparent that a bit of darkness is bound to show through, but I actually think dark circles can be kind of attractive. At least I like the ones I have, in any case, and that sort of disheveled rock-chick look works for me.

Use eye cream. Do not use face cream for eye cream. It will make your eyes puffy. I started on Clarins eye balm etc in my teen and Clarins variation eye cream. Now I am using Sisley. I bought Dior Snow to lighten the brown spots etc. I know you stated that eye cream doesnt work for you, Christine, in the past, but you do alot of review and applications. I suggest finding eye cream that works for you. Sleep and water is good. But I also try not to tug my eyes for applications. I avoid application on the waterline, mascara, false lashes and the whole nine yards and if necessary only on special basis. I even stopped using contacts 15 years ago. There is nothing wrong with all of the above, but you are tugging on the delicate eye area. Just look at the formerly Kate Middleton aka Duchess of Cambridge. She likes her dark eyeliner and look at her bags and circles on her eyes. Same as her sister.

In terms of hiding, the only thing that has worked for me is Bobbi Brown Corrector. It completely eliminates my incredibly purple dark circles. It also is just one simple step added to my routine.

I have a concealer “regimen” that works well for me, but my best tip is to use a white undereye moisturizer before beginning (or something like Clinique’s All About Eyes). It will reduce swelling if you have it, but for many women the discoloration is due to your veins, not from a lack of sleep. The moisturizer underneath the concealer will help reflect light and brighten the area. It’s subtle, but I’ve been without an undereye moisturizer for a week now and my routine is really missing it. I feel like my concealer is going on scalier now, too.

I agree about moisturizing under the eyes. Clinique’s All About Eyes is the only one that really works for me, and I’ve tried a lot. I ran out a few months ago and replaced it with something else, but it doesn’t work for me. I’ve even been omitting concealer lately because it’s been looking all flaky and cakey without my Clinique on underneath.

Hi Maureen & Becky…I’ve been testing different eye moisturizers for both day & night. I’ve heard great things about Clinique for moisturizing but do either of you know if it is good for anti-aging issues? I failed to change my products as the years went by so I have some catch up to do in the eye & neck areas. Thanks for any input!

I’ve had dark circles since middle school and I have yet to find a single product that does the job of covering them up. To counteract the purplish-blue tones, I apply a yellow concealer first (Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick) and then a skintone matching concealer on top of it (Amazing Cosmetics Concealer). Then I’ll follow with my usual foundation routine. I’ve always used my fingers, but in the past year I’ve been using the beautyblender sponge to blend out the product instead. The pointed end is awesome for the under-eye area!

I’ve always had a dark under-eye area, but recently they’ve become MUCH worse! I have sinus issues, which means I have puffiness under my dark circles, which makes them more pronounced. One of the best tricks I’ve learned is not to over apply concealer on the area – it doesn’t mask them, it actually makes them more noticeable. Other than that I’m still figuring it out! I want to try layering a light reflecting product like Touche Eclat with my concealer to see if that makes a difference.

I’m lucky I’ve managed to find a really quick and simple combination that covers any under-eye issues.
I moisturise/prime as usual, then go in under the eyes with Illamasqua’s cream concealer. Normally I focus this layer on the inner corners and blend out along my lower lid. I love this concealer because it layers without caking as long as you press/blend with a fingertip. Then I apply foundation as usual, including covering the whole eye area very lightly (I’m using Rimmel’s new Match Perfection at the moment). After my foundation has settled, I run a dense fluffy brush very lightly under my eyes to blend out any creasing, etc. and apply a second very light layer of concealer if necessary (just enough to blend out any stubborn dark areas). I then finish my whole face with a dusting of Essence’s matte loose powder.

If I’m not doing a full-face of make up, I’ll use concealer on its own and still finish all over with powder.

Hard Candy glamoflauge covers everything but I prefer something a bit more creamy so I now use Catrice camouflage cream concealer.
Preventing dark circles is a tricky one for me since I battle with mental illness which affect my sleeping patterns.

I have very fair skin and especially under my eyes it tends to be so transparent that veins shine through. I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes and even on my eyelids, also as a child. I don’t like to use too heavy concealers but I’ve found that a good moisturiser does help.

I usually wear glasses, so these conceal my dark circles as well. I’ve tried toying with colour correctors but haven’t quite worked that out yet…I keep practising…it’s an ongoing “battle” but since I have generally very good skin, I’m not too bothered.

My under eye circles are extremely blue toned and I have a pale skin with a neutral to warm undertone. I tend to cover my face and eyes in foundation then I use Illamasqua’s Cream Shadow in Crumble on my same foundation brush and push it into the skin all around the eyes. For me it neutralises the blue and brightens my face. The only thing I have found that works to hide them. You really need a peach or orange tone to hide bluish circles.

Sleep is great, but also not always realistic. I read that you can mix a few drops of each honey and lemon juice and put it under your eyes – the vitamin c in the lemon juice brightens, and the honey nourishes and provides antioxidants. I have yet to try it, but will soon…

As for concealer, I think it’s counterintuitive, but the Armani Maestro concealer is the BEST for my undereye area. I use Cle de Peau on blemishes, etc., but the texture and coverage of the Armani one is AMAZING on undereyes – plus it contains ingredients to help diminish dark circles. And a tiny, tiny bit goes a long way, so it lasts forever (good, because it’s $40). I’m in love.

Hi Ellen…I’ve never heard of the lemon/honey idea. Do you know how long you leave it on? I’m probably missing something, it seems like the honey would be sticky and require extra washing to get off which could possibly tug/irritate the eye area, maybe the lemon breaks that down. If you try it soon, would you post your opinion? Thanks for the tip.

Won’t lemon juice sting your eyes and make them irritated? Maybe try a vit c serum plus manuka honey?

For my dark circles, I have found nothing to prevent them unfortunately. So, my only option is to cover them up. I use La Mer concealer, expensive I know, but it lasts a long time and doesn’t take much to hide my circles, plus it’s pretty long lasting.

Just discovered Dermablend concealer which is every bit as good as my Cle de Peau concealer but $50 cheaper and not nearly as drying as OCC. OCC is great for me in the summer, but too drying for winter. After loving OCC concealer a bunch at the beginning, I find I really do not care for the OCC packaging as it lends itself to drying. I have to frequently scrape off a thin layer at the top of the product, otherwise using a concealer brush, the product will not pick up or budge from the pan. FYI for those with similar skin tones: Dermablend Beige is a ringer for CDP’s Ochre.

Also recently caught a video using Bobbi Brown’s corrector used as a concealer/highlight under the eye..the trick picking the right colour so you do not get raccoon eyes and sweeping the product on with a duo fibre blender sparingly and sweeping outwards to cheekbones. I’m going to give that a go and see what happens as I also struggles with under eye darkness due to illness and medications.

I use a bit of a drugstore liquid concealer that I’ve had for YEARS. It’s so old that the name has worn off. =P I think it’s Maybelline, but the name is completely off. And that’s pretty much it. They’re not too bad. It’s really just noticeable when I wear dark makeup.

I have bad dark circles and very transparent skin, so there’s nothing I can do to prevent them, but I’ve learned a few tricks that help me cover them up.

1. I know a lot of people say to use yellow to colour correct, but I find that pink works a lot better on my pale skin. Yellow, even pale yellow, just seems too dark or something.

2. I usually use a liquid concealer, because I find they set better than a cream concealer. I dab on the liquid and then let it dry for a minute or two before I blend it in. This seems to help it go on more opaque. (My favourite concealer is the Diorskin Nude Moisturizing Concealer, as the finish is very natural looking. I like the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer to blend it.)

3. Lastly, I use a little bit of highlighter on bone right below my eye socket.

I had dark circles under my eyes since toddlerhood on. Actually, since getting into beauty/skincare, they’ve gone from dark blue/purple to a light reddish purple that is hardly noticeable anymore. The credit for this, I think, goes to the application of eye cream – not the eye cream itself but the act of massaging it in, which really helps to keep the area a bit more toned and the blood circulating. My main issue now is puffiness, which tends to cause a shadow under the eyebags themselves. I like a brightening cream followed by a bit of Erasepaste in the shadowy areas. That plus my glasses usually equals much less noticeable undereye circles.

My circles aren’t blue. They are red. I have hereditary circles and extremely fair skin. I use an eye cream with retinol in it to help minimize the intensity of them. I use a pink based corrector (ie Bobbi Brown corrector in light bisque or the pink from the new MAC concealer palette) and just use it in the darkest areas. I then follow with a heavy duty concealer. I have found a few good ones for that though they are all rather dark for me. Bourjois healthy mix concealer, MAC Studio finish (I can to use the NW10 from the palette), and amazing cosmetics are all good ones. I have not tried Cle de Peau or any of the other high end well known ones because they are all way way too dark.

My main tips would be:
1) Use a corrector. While the extra step may add to your morning routine, they really do make a difference.
2) Use a small amount. You can always build in areas where you need it, but if you cake on the concealer then it will draw more attention to what you are trying to cover.
3) Make sure it is a good match to your skin. While a lighter concealer may brighten under your eyes, if it is too light then you will just have a reverse raccoon effect.
4) Use your finger to blend and a fluffy brush to apply. The brush will help to keep down the amount you apply and the warmth from your finger will heat up the concealer and help it blend.
5) Pat your concealer, do not wipe. Pushing pigment into the skin helps to increase the amount of coverage. If you wipe then you are just taking off what you just worked to put on.

Hi Julia B…I’m in the build up phase of RX Retinol for the face but the type I have is not for use around eyes, mouth (nasal membranes) or neck. Do you mind sharing which Retinol product you use under the eyes? Is it RX? Do you have sensitive eyes? Mine are very sensitive and I hope to find a good product that won’t irritate my eyes. Thanks!

I have used ROC retinol and am currently using the Neutrogena one. They do have a ROC retinol one for sensitive eyes/skin that you could try out.

I’ve used Neutrogena for years, I love it but time seems to be catching up with me so I was looking for something more intensive. Never tried ROC so I’ll check it out. Thanks!

I’ve suffered the wrath of dark circles for about 9 years now! After a lot of trial and error i think i have a pretty good makeup routine in place to conceal them to a degree (without it looking like i have reverse raccoon eyes).. I start by applying a brightening eye cream like the ‘Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector’ or the ‘Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream’. This by itself makes my eyes look less tired. Then I apply a pink or peach toned corrector like the Bobbi brown corrector or the MUFE HD concealer with a pink base – right from the inside corner of the eye going outward. Lastly (this is a step i do if i am going out or need an extra ‘pick me up’)I apply a little swipe of my YSL Touche Eclat just in the inner corners of my eye and a little in the hollows right under my eye. I then set with any loose powder. The key is to use less product and smooth it outward or gently pat the product in so that all this product doesn’t end up looking cakey. Hope this helps!

My HG is the combination products that includes a corrector and concealer.
GA has a peach coloured corrector that is IT! Not heavy, liquid-y in texture and a LiTTLe goes a looong way. Pat it on the dark areas (PATTiNG is KeY!). This product is genius!!!
Then i PAT a concealer on top. My favs are either Cle de Peau or OCC.
Set with a little powder and voila, a good nights sleep-looking eyes!!

Probably Giorgio Armani in this contect. Also sometimes people use “GA” as an abbreviation for glycolic acid.

Because senior year is really catching up with me, I barely get any sleep and I have bags/dark purple circles under my eyes ALL the time, and they appear extremely harsh because I am ridiculously pale (NC 10-15). I use Benefit Lemon-Aid to cover the circles, and to I layer Revlon Photoready concealer over it to brighten my eyes, and that combination works like a DREAM for me. I have really clear skin so that, generally, is the only reason I use concealer and I swear by those two. I apply them after primer and foundation, and set with Mac MSF Natural. Stays put all day and helps me look sooo much more awake!

I’ve got fair skin that is quite thin around the eyes so, my circles are bluish purple and have had them for as long as I can remember. I don’t bother to conceal and opt for a brightening corrector instead. Too much product under the eyes is aging (at least on me).

My favorite is Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener in Light Bisque. I have the older version in the twist up tube so, I can’t say if the new packaging also means a new formulation. But, the light peachy-pinkness of this brightener does a great job of camouflaging my circles without looking too made up. If I’m taking photos or going to a wedding or event, I’ll use a tiny bit of Cle de Peau on the very darkest parts and then use the Brightener over that.

Although this will make some cringe, my favorite way to cover my dark circles is using MAC Studio Fix Powder… It is a pretty full coverage powder foundation and I find that it covers them perfectly. Luckily mine aren’t too severe so I know this won’t work for everyone. The best part about using SFP is that it doesn’t settle in fine lines – it floats above them. I’ve tried about 10 different concealers this past year, both high and low end and nothing works as good as this! I like to use the little pad that comes with the compact because it lays down the most product.

Typically if I am using regular concealer I can cover the circles without any problem using these steps:

1. Make sure NOT to apply foundation to undereye area because this will cause creasing.

2. Apply Maybelline Fit Me concealer in a thin layer with my ring finger under the eye. (This concealer is the same color as my skin so it is dark enough to cover the circles)

3. Pat a small amount of Maybelline Age Rewind concealer over that in a lighter shade than my skin to give me a slight undereye highlight, and blend with my ring finger again. Make sure both layers are the least amount of product needed to prevent creasing.

4. Set IMMEDIATELY. I use a precise powder brush that I purchased at Target, very inexpensive.

My undereye circles are purple/red, not so much blue, and I find a peachy corrector works not bad on them. I use Coastal scents eye bright or a peachy powder foundation applied carefully on only the spots that need correcting. On a good day I’ll use Bourjois Healthy mix Illuminating brush concealer under eye and set with a yellow based powder.

It’s HUGE to make sure my under eyes are well moisturized on a daily basis or I find that makes them look much worse. (My 2 year old doesn’t help either LOL). I can’t use a lot of thick concealers because I am a bit dry/crepey under the eyes and thick concealers tend to be drier and settle on those imperfections.

I always feel like they are never completely gone though, I can still see them. I just accept that’s the best it’s gonna get!

My undereye circles aren’t that bad, but I do notice a difference between the days when I don’t use eye cream and when I do. I love the subtle bright eyes look so I use Mac’s Prep and Prime Highlighter in Light Boost and it looks so good!

I have chronic under-eye bags and circles; no matter how much sleep I get I always look tired (we’re talking deep purple and pink shadows). I use Rimmel’s Match Perfection concealer (the one in the squeeze tube) and that evens things out and looks really natural. Sometimes when I want a little more brightness I top it with Revlon’s under-eye concealer (the one in the click pen) and that looks really nice. It’s really hard to find concealers that work for me because a lot just look really unnatural, don’t blend right, crease like crazy or look really dry and cakey. So far the Rimmel and the Revlon concealers are the best ones I’ve found. The Tarte under-eye concealer in the purple tube is pretty nice too. It’s very hydrating.

I’ve had dark circles under my eyes for many years and have tried a lot of different things, but I think I’m always going to have to deal with them- as an earlier poster said, you have to go through all the stages and finally accept them sometimes.

That said, there are a few thins I can recommend based on my experiences, professional and personal:

1. There are two types of under-eye circles: hereditary and environmental. If a lot of people in your family have them, chances are they’re hereditary and there’s really not much that you can do. You can minimize them, but chances are they’ll always be there to some degree. Environmental (or “acquired”) dark circles are ones that can be dealt with more easily.

2. Vitamin K treatments work- provided they’re properly formulated- but a lot of people have reactions to them at first. It’s better to start really slowly with these. It’s probably worth investing in a higher-end product with this sort of thing.

3. Dark circles are actually caused by blood pooling in the veins and blood vessels below the thin skin in that area, so things that help circulation will help minimize them. Taking an Omega-3 supplement or Ginkgo (be careful with those, because cheap ones tend to have a lot of stuff in them you don’t need or want) will help.

4. Likewise, treatments that help conditions like varicose veins can be helpful, although not all of them have ingredients you want around your eyes. (This is where the old story about putting Preparation H on your eyes to relieve fatigue comes from.) If you want something gentler, you can choose a product formulated for sensitive skin, or find a natural product with horse chestnut extract, which will help strengthen vein walls. A lot of these treatments have alcohol in them, so make sure that you combine with a moisturizer.

5. DON’T RUB YOUR EYES. This damages the already thin skin under the eyes and brings veins and blood vessels even closer to the surface. If you have an allergy that requires the use of a cortisone cream, use as little of it as possible. Cortisone thins the skin even more.

6. Skin lightening products like hydroquinone or kojic acid can have an effect, but they’re not recommended for eyes. Treatments with Vitamin C can help a bit, although ascorbic acid can also be an irritant. Rose Hip oil (buy pure/ organic, it’s not expensive) is probably your best bet among general skin brighteners.

7. Creams with caffeine in them reduce puffiness, but they can also help a little with dark circles, since caffeine stimulates circulation.

Hope some of those tips are helpful!

I have very dark hereditary circles, which means that no matter how much sleep or eye cream I use I always have them. I make sure to keep the area hydrated with eye cream morning and night. After my eye cream has set a bit, I put a silicone based primer over the area, which helps prevent the area from looking cake-y since I need a lot of concealer to cover my circles. I have also found that for very dark circles, layering concealers is key. I first put on a light, thin concealer, such as maybelline dark circle eraser or clinique airbrush. This lightweight concealer helps to diminish a lot of the darkness and allows me to not have to put a heavy concealer on as much of the area. Then I follow with a heavier concealer, such as amazing cosmetics or benefit erase paste. Finally, I set it all with MUFE HD powder to prevent creasing and make the area matte. This may seem ridiculous to some of you but this is the best way I have found to combat the horrendous dark circles I have been “blessed” with.

I use a peachy cream based concealer first (usually Benefit Erase Paste) to cancel out the blue circles. I then use MAC Full Coverage foundation in a V shape to conceal. I apply my foundation and use Nars setting powder over it all.

It is really hard to hide dark circles and I hope I can reduce mine so it will be less obvious. I tried many concealers but I prefer natural products. Are there any good natural products or other techniques to prevent it? Rest is really good but sometimes, you are too busy to do even that.

Due to the lack of pigmentation of my skin (yes pale) my skin under my eye is translucent so I always has blue circles there even on a good day. I use a peach colour corrector first. Current one I’m using is eve Pearls (but like to get one that is long wearing). I apply this thinly and buff it out on the edges. Then I would go over it with a flesh tone concealer to bring my skin back to a normal shade.

I actual want to order MaqPro palettes over the summer to try out they wax based foundation and correctors.

I drink plenty of water and I swear by Bobbi Brown’s concealer. I apply after foundation. I don’t use the setting powder. I sometimes use Bare E’s Well Rested.

I have very fair skin, so I’ve always had blue under eye circles. Right now I’m using YSL Anti-Cernes Multi-Action Concealer. I use my ring finger to work it into the skin. I let it sit for 5 minutes, and then I take a dot of Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch concealer (#2) an put it on the bluest spots. It is light reflective, so it does a good job of brightening that area. Together it seems to work well. I sometimes use a pale vanilla eyeshadow (not shimmery) that matches my skin tone to set it. When I’m lazy I just use my normal powder.

I have huge, sunken dark circles that are there forever, and have nothing to do with how much sleep I get!
I use a thin layer of concealer or light foundation followed by my TM/BB cream mixture, then a layer of powder to set everything.
My current concealer products are a L’Oreal Quick Stick in FAIR in my gym bag and a sample of Graftobian foundation in INGENUE at home. I also like IT Cosmetics Undereye Concealer in Medium…a little goes a long way and I’m lucky enough to match the color, which is very limited.

I try not to lighten too much, because my worst nightmare is to leave the house with “reverse raccoon eyes!!”

I’ve had insomnia for the past 3 years and I too have suffered with dark circles all along. I tried all sorts of concealers and correctors – heavy duty, colorstay…you name it, I’ve tried but never got the results I was after. UNTIL…I’ve discovered my now holy grail product: Giorgio Armani Master Corrector.

I couldn’t brag about this product enough. It comes in 2 shades, Pink and Orange. I use the Orange as I have yellow undertones in my skin. It’s very light in consistency but it absorbs into the skin and almost stains over the dark circles so it doesn’t move (or give that cakey heavy look). I couldn’t believe the coverage when I first tried it, I had to go look at it in different lights just to make sure. You can then apply your foundation and if you want, your normal color concealer over it. It’s a small tube with a fine brush applicator; it’s so pigmented, you really only need a tiny amount so it’s good value for the money you pay.

I hope this will be of help to some of you cos I know first hand how dark circles can affect the overall look of the face and how hard they can be to conceal.

I ordered the Giorgio Armani Master Corrector yesterday πŸ™‚ Pray it does the trick, I’m that girl that looks ill or like I have two black eyes if I don’t wear makeup.

Glad I took the time to read all the comments, I also ordered the Bobbi Brown peach corrector and am looking at the Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Powder. Products I never knew existed!!

I have CDP but I am going to try layering Guerlain precious light (highlighting pen) over it to distract from the darkness. I actually got a very small amount of filler (1/4 syringe total of Juvederm) last year and that totally took care of the darkness but has sadly faded and I think I may have to to do it again if the highlighting pen doesn’t cut it.

I’m very interested in your Juvederm treatment. Was it at a regular dermatoligist office, or med spa? What exactly is it called? Just under-eye injections?

It was at my dermatologist’s office. She did the injections herself. I forgot what it is called (tear trough??) but she injected a small amount near/below the inner corner of each eye and a bit under the mid-point of my eye. She used a combined total of 1/4 of a syringe (I had paid for 1/2 but it wasn’t necessary and we both agreed to use less rather than more). I bled a teeny bit and had bruising for about 2 weeks. After that, it just looked like I had gotten enough sleep. The filler basically prevented the darkness from showing through my thin skin.

My dark circles are pretty hereditary, so aside from trying to moisturize it as much as I can (I have dry skin), I’ve always had a constant battle trying to cover them up. Right now the routine that I have to combat those bad boys are:

1.) Moisturize my eye very well using Bobbi Brown EXTRA Repair Eye Cream and I let it sink in for about a minute or so
2.) Use a peach tone corrector to combat my dark blues and purples. I either use Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer or BENEFIT’s Erase Paste only where there are dark circles
3. Cover that up with a concealer using the triangle method so I can highlight and brighten at the same time. I use MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer two shades lighter than my skin tone.
4. Set with Banana Ben Nye Powder or any loose transluscent powder. I’ve also used MAC’s prep & prime and MUFE’s HD powder to set.

This is what works for me right now and have proven to be effective. I also have creases around my under eye and this has been the best method for me without the concealer settling into them and my fine lines.

I have the mufe camouflage palette in the lighter shade, which comes with a green and a peach corrector. I just use a little bit of the peach color and so far I like the results much better than any other concealers. I have used mac’s select moisture cover in the past, and I haaaaaaaaate the tones that they come in. I have an olive complexion, so they give me a pink tinted concealer to counteract the blue under my eyes, but it just ends up looking like an ashy mess because the pink tone in the concealer is already somewhat cool. The way to go is getting something peach or orange to counteract the blue under your eye.

Right now I am loving the Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brighteners. The colors are really effective at neutralizing that deep purple-ish discoloration that is common with women that have deeper, yellow and olive skintones wihtout creating that grey ashy cast. Works great on my clients and I love using it on myself, too. I am a NC35 and use Light to Medium Peach. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

I have permanent dark circles that get worse when I pull all-nighters, which, as a college student, is an unfortunately common practice for me. They’re not terribly dark, but always noticeable.
No matter how expensive or revered the product may be, concealers and foundation have a tendency to congregate in creases when used under the eye leaving the rest of the under-eye area with minimal/sheer coverage. I’m not sure why but it does and the contrast between the shades in the creases and the rest of the under eye causes most of the darkness to come through and be more prominent. Generally, using a very fluid/liquid-y (not thick, almost the consistency of water) type of product specifically for dark circles (even some foundations) will minimize the buildup in the creases. I prefer the products that are made specifically for it dark circles.
I also use primer below the eye and set with the same power I use on my face. From there it’s just a matter of having the right color to offset the darkness, so even though you’re not caking on a shield of concealer the right tone of makeup with the consistency of water will work beautifully.

Personally I don’t have any circles but since I work as a MUA for different shootings, the girls for whom I do their make up have usually deep dark circles. The only concelear which I always use is Benefit BOING. It’s great cause it covers COMPLETELY dark circles of different colour and brighten the eyes! To have a completely rested face, I always use an enlightening which gives a sense of freshness!

Just use a good concelear, my dark circles are hereditary so there really isnΒ΄t anything I can do to prevent them I allways have them.

I have really bad dark circles. I like to dot my foundation all over my face. (I leave it there for a minute) the I then spray my beauty blender with my setting spray. Then dip my sponge into my bisque concealer by Bobbi Brown and place on my dark circles. Last step is to blend the foundation out and make sure the bisque is very blended out into it. This is lately the only thing that’s been hiding my dark circles. (I use the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation)

– Sunscreen under your eyes, as often as every two hours! This makes my hereditary dark circles lighter (not entirely lightened, of course, but there was definite improvement. Whenever I stop doing this, they get slightly darker =(
– I haven’t tried this yet, but apparently sliced potatoes after they’re soaked in olive oil put over your eyes helps reduce hereditary dark circles (perhaps potatoes are high in Vitamin K?)

– Eye cream with sunscreen then primer, then corrector (Eve Pearl or Bobbi Brown), then a concealer with brightening properties (NARS creamy concealer or Chanel Correction Perfection). Everything turns grey on me but these never fail, don’t require powder on top to prevent creasing, and don’t flash back in photos =)

I’m shocked no one’s mentioned any of my favorites yet! For covering up my really, really deep/dark bluish-purple circles, the new Covergirl/Olay Simply Ageless Eye Corrector is AWESOME! I tend to lean towards higher-end brands when it comes to base makeup (concealers, foundations, etc), but this stuff is seriously just as good as products that cost 2 or 3x as much. I also love Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer for combating blueness (is that a word??), although it is a bit pricier than the CG. The CG is more of a yellow while the LM is peach, so depending on whether your circles lean more blue or purple, one or the other might be better (peach for blue circles; yellow for purple). After using either one of these corrector-type products, I like to follow up with a light, liquidy skin-colored concealer and/or brightener…right now my favorite is Maybelline’s DreamLumi Highlighting Concealer (an awesome dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat…I’ve tried them side-by-side).
P.S. Thanks for posting this question…this is seriously the most exasperating part of my routine and I’m always looking for better (read: quicker) solutions:)

I use my Graftobian concealer wheel. I try to match the neutralzing color to my client’s undereye. For dark undereye circles, I never use concealer. If any bagginess is present, I use highlighting to counter this.

Mine are hereditary, so they’re never going away. I had horrible dark circles even as a toddler, but at least my glasses cover them up now.

I am turning 40 this week and I don’t really have any dark under-eye circles. I have been using eye cream every night for ages. At the moment I am using one from Lancome but normally I use Clarins. I also use an eye mask from Sisley every once in a while which is absolutely amazing (and costs a fortune).
As for make up, the only thing I use under eye is bare minerals stroke of light. It would probably not hide dark circles but I have none and I use it to add some luminosity.

I have darkish/dry undereyes and I’ve found a routine that works really great for me.

1. Prime with Tarte’s “brightening” primer (brown tube I believe)
2. Dot erase paste underneath, paying close attention to right near the lashline and blend it in a V shape. I also like to drag it up where my inner corner of my eye is to increase the brightening effect when I use eyeshadow

3. Use MAC’s Select Cover-up concealer in NC30 I use it around the place where the dark circles end and the cheeks begin to kind of hide that line and brighten it up.

4. I set it with either an HD powder by ELF or MAC MSF Natural, depending on the weather and whether I’m being photographed.

I find that when I go to the gym or am at work, this is the only thing that doesn’t sweat off my face. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

Benefit Erase Paste, applied just in the dark areas, then Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in the sort of triangle shape. Usually, this doesn’t cover them entirely (for reference, I’ve had people ask me how I got two black eyes when not wearing makeup, that’s how bad they are). If really going all out, I add more concealer and powder foundation, and just a tiny bit of highlighting just above the bone.

my makeup guru friends suggested I try a peach colored color corrector under the concealer and it worked great.

also MAC makes an eye cream with caffeine which is great for puffiness. So I use L’Oreal true match concealer in a peachy shade first and then top with MUFE in a color closer to my skin color. I used to use a concealer color which was too light, which tends to make the problem worse instead of better.

I have fair skin (NW20) and my blue veins also show through the thin skin under my eyes. I had my make-up done by a big name make-up artist for my engagement photos and picked up a very useful trick for hiding any less than ideal tones on my face: peach cancels out blue/green and yellow cancels out red. I cover them every day with the peachy shade in Paula Dorf’s Special Camouflage. The yellow shade is perfect for hiding blemishes. The concealer is light, blends beautifully with my foundation, and lasts all day.

This is something i have experimented with for years as I have dark circles. Mine aren’t discoloured or anything, I think its a result of my bone structure creating a “hollow”. This is my fool proof routine on making them disappear!
1) Moisturize the area really well and prime!
2)Apply foundation to the entire face and under eye area
3)Apply semi full coverage concealer that has a smooth consistency under the eyes and blend down slightly to the tops of the cheeks. My concealer colour matches my foundation. I NEVER go lighter. (MAC pro longwear concealer).
4) Let the concealer set, (I do my eyebrows in this time) then apply a very sheer slightly illuminating setting powder to the area. Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio in “The Illuminators” is perfect. I use a silica powder to set the rest of my face.

Shiseido White Lucent eye cream.

Salmon concealer, followed by a little dab of pale yellow beeswax based (so it sets) concealer mixed with a little neutral pearly luminizing liquid, patted on with a flat, rounded synthetic bristle brush. Powder lightly, use a gentle finger tip to smudge away any little creases.
I have never bothered with Touche Eclat or Dior Flash or one of those ridiculously overpriced clicky pen/brush concealery things designed for (supposedly) such things.

Brown, purple or olive eyeliner on the lower lash line, rather than charcoal or black, and I never bother with mascara on my bottom lashes.

I use a foaming cleanser that removes ALL my makeup (even long last eyeliner!) in one go, I never bother with a separate eye makeup remover that requires cotton wool pads, pulling, soaking, dabbing or wiping the eye area.

Or a really glam pair of huge sunglasses and a bold lip. πŸ™‚

Hi Rose,

I use either Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Face Cleanser, which smells divine and works like an absolute charm on makeup, even though it is “supposed” to be for men πŸ˜‰ or Shiseido, either the Benefiance Extra Creamy or White Lucent Cleansing Foam.

You do have to gently work the lather around the eye area fairly well (make sure your face is wet first, otherwise it is too thick to spread through your lashes properly) but these do the trick for me.

These are all very gentle and do not dry out my skin (there are Dior and Estee Lauder cleansers I have previosuly tried that also remove all makeup but strip my skin too much) so I hope one of them works for you.


I have very, very dark purple under-eye circles that are hereditary, so no matter how much I sleep, they’re still there. My skin is pretty transparent too and very pale, about NC5, so that doesn’t help either!
After years of trying different products and techniques, what I do now seems to work best:
Eye make-up goes first. When I’m done, I swipe a cotton bud around the under-eye area to get rid of any powder fallout. Then, I apply a heavy coverage liquid concealer in a orange peachy tone, I use Missha The Style Under Eye Brightener in #1. Since the tone isn’t light enough to match my natural skintone I can’t overapply, but it does color correct most of the purple in my under-eye circles. Then, I take a little bit of my foundation (I use a Korean bb cream mixed with Face Atelier foundation in Zero Minus/White to lighten it) and apply 3 dots of it from the inner corner out. I find that if I just apply most of the concealer on one area, I end up dragging the product, and the finish isn’t as perfect. I then blend the dots by patting the product until it blends onto the skin. I repeat with as many thin layers as I need until I get the coverage I want, and then set with a loose powder with a little bit of luminosity to it, because transparent powders actually make the area look dull. I like the Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Powder, it definitely makes my concealer last longer and not crease!

i have (genetic) dark pigmentation around my eyes, & i always use a good eye cream first, which prevents creasing and helps makeup blend better. (i like origins ginzing) then i use bobbi brown peach corrector which gets rid of purple-blue tones, and follow with some mac studio finish concealer, which completely erases them. then i apply a very small amount of loose powder with a blending brush, to set.

I have deep-set eyes plus the usual suspects of aging, allergies, etc. I get what I call “zombie circles.” I just googled the stuff I use so I could use the right name for it and lo and behold it doesn’t seem to exist any more! I am distressed. Anyway, I think it is (or was) a blue-tinted Laura Mercier concealer. Blue, I know, but it works for me. Then whatever concealer I’m feeling (CG/Olay, Amazing Cosmetics, Benefit Boing) topped off by just a wash of whatever foundation/bb cream I’ve got on the rest of my face. And underneath it all Kate Somerville Cytocell dark circle cream. It’s not perfect but at least I don’t look like the walking dead.

i recommend benefit’s eye cream it’s potent. I have terribly dark undereye circles, and this eyecream has helped to improve the undereye area. Hope it helps!

I’ve had to live with hereditary dark undereye circles my whole life. My suggestions:
–Lots of water, lots of sleep, etc won’t work for you. Get over it πŸ™‚
–Unless you’re in your 20s, spend money on good concealer. It’s like good brushes – you’ll see the difference.
–Road-test alot of them. You’d be surprised at how different products work on you (or don’t). Found out I needed dense color, non-greasy to look the most natural.
–And road-test techniques. The dab-just-on-the-half-moon doesn’t work for me. I found a makeup artist’s website where he advocated going almost to cheekbones and out toward temples, which looks best on me.
–And don’t just rely on your makeup mirror. What looked great in that mirror barely covered things when I saw my reflection in the bathroom, closet full-length mirror, etc. I started wearing more than I thought necessary but (at least for me) it takes more.

I find that with my allergies and naturally pale skin I have major eye circles most of the time. Add in lack of sleep and I tend to look like a zombie. I actually prefer to use a physical sunscreen for the face (like the Clarins one) to lighten the whole thing than I use TheBalm TimeBalm concealer in lighter than light over top. The sunscreen helps lighten overall slightly and makes the concealer apply just a tad better as my undereyes can be slightly dry at times. TimeBalm lasts all day for me and doesn’t make my undereyes so opaque that they look strange on my face. πŸ™‚

I use a champagne illuminator under the eye first (like hi-beam) with a dab of eye cream, let that set, and then I use Bobbi Brown Peach corrector, and then a concealer that matches my skin tone (nothing too light). Right now I am loving the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealers!!! I use Ginger which is just slightly lighter than my NC35/40 skintone right now and that stuff is MAGIC, I tell you. The BB corrector is great too! Obviously set with a powder as soon as you are done so it stays in place. Love the LM translucent loose!

I’ve been using Hard Candy’s “Eye’m Tired” under eye rollerball thing which is supposed to de-puff and color-correct under eyes and I actually found it to have made a huge difference on my dark circles. It is cheap (around [email protected] Walmart) so I really recommend it.

Also, the best under eye concealer I’ve ever used is by Mary Kay. I think it works so well because it isn’t super thick and is yellow-toned so it conceals and corrects and doesn’t set into lines.

Brightening products like High Beam can help get rid of the darkness too.

I’ve had natural dark circles my whole life (ever since I was a kid.. Can you believe it?). I’ve had friends ask me if I had gotten into a fight or punched in the eye recently, or others who suggest I’m anemic/low iron (which my blood tests say otherwise). The only thing that’s worked for me so far is the Bobbi Brown Corrector. I use the color Light Peach and it’s just a one-step done kinda product! For extra coverage on really bad days, I’ll layer my regular concealer over top. It’s a pricey product, but for what it’s worth, I don’t mind the splurge. I’d love to try others, but I don’t think there are many products out there marketed as “correctors”.

I’m a MAC NW 25 for most of the year for reference πŸ™‚

Good topic. I struggled with dark circles for a long time too. Funnily enough the only thing that really worked to ‘lift’ that area was a green colour corrector. Sounds odd right? Works for me! I think mine may be more of a dark red/purpleness. So to anyone trying to cover them up, try ANY colour to neautralise it then a good concealer over.

I remember a long time ago (and someone else has commented this too!) I went to the MAC counter and asked about covering them. Later on I went back saying it didn’t move all day and the other lady insisted that Painterly paint pot couldn’t have been used underneath as it is an eyeshadow. Even though the first lady didn’t touch my lids! Works like a charm =D

Clinique all about eyes, anything with vitamin K, cold cucumbers on the eyes, and preparation H for swelling. I have five kids, a husband, I blog, and I get about 3 hours of sleep a day. I still look 12 under the eyes trust me LOL!

There is a greek pharmaceutical brand called Frezyderm and I swear by their products. Their Eye Balm is a perfect remedy for under eye circles and puffiness. I don’t use it often, but after prolonged periods of bad sleeping habits and/or general tiredness it always does the trick! I think it’s a shame it’s not more widely known!

I used to go through elaborate rigmarole involving primer, corrector, concealer, and highlighting powder to set, but I actually discovered that Acure’s night cream is the best dark circle reducer I’ve ever used not too long ago. I’ve reduced my routine down to concealer, and sometimes skip that.

Really, just the night cream? I looked it up on drugstore.com and it didn’t say anything about dark circles, so thought I’d make sure with you before I throw yet another $20 bill at my dark circles. Ugh.

I use an orange/yellow corrector from Laura mercier under concealer, and on really bad days MUFE flash in coral instead. This knocks out the hereditary darkness beneath my eyes that isn’t cut with concealer or highlighter alone, which makes concealing a breeze πŸ™‚ Took me a while to find something that works, but worth it as it makes a huge difference!

Diet wise I try to stay hydrated and eat clean, which helps me feel better but has no significant effect on my under eyes. I’ve also yet to find a decent eye cream to reduce darkness… hylexin was a bust, as was the much hyped origins cream.

MAC color correctors have worked for me. I use the orange corrector on my dark lines followed by the yellow corrector in a triangular shape. Gently blend, blend, blend with my warm finger. A eureka moment for me. Ironically a MUFE friend taught me the trick. I use MUFE pro powder foundation to set. I’m happy…..for now.

I use EstΓ©e Lauder ‘Double Wear’ Maximum Cover Camouflage in ‘Very Light’ and mix it with Bobbi Brown’s Eye cream. It’s pricey, but you only need the tiniest amount.

I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes and I find a neutralizer is necessary-after my bb cream I apply Physicians formula yellow concealer and blend-then I follow up with Elf’s cream concealer–then I lightly dust on elf’s undereye brightener–that combo does the trick for me since the neutralizer eliminates the need for heavy thick concealer, which can look unnatural

I have a lot of dar circles, and i find that one of the most under-rates concealers is Inglot Under Eye. For my skintone, its the perfect kind of yellow to balance out my dark circles. Also- for those who find applying concealers a pain because of streakiness or build up..use a damp brush and then apply. Makes a world of a difference

My Giorgio armani corrector in #1 is what ive found to be the best corrector that hides my dark under eye circles. I used to use the bobbi brown corrector but I found it doesnt last that long and didnt cover up my dark circles that well.

I don’t naturally have dark circles under my eyes but I do get them when I lack sleep.

I once read a long time ago that Kyle Minogue massages her under eyes to stimulate bloodflow to the area and increase circulation. I’ve been following the advice for about 10 years and do not have wrinkles or saggy skin under my eyes. I think as long as you are not pulling at the skin in your eyes you can massage the undereyes to get rid of dark circles.

I’ve also used benefit’s oo la lift, which I feel helps in actually getting rid of the dark circles and not just covering them up.

Drink plenty of water!

Power naps (10-20 minutes) do wonders!

Hope this helps!

Makeup usually makes my dark circles worse. They aren’t blue, more like reddish right in the inner corner and then the rest is this weird grey-brown kinda colour. So far the best thing I’ve found is that neutrogena brightening concealer with the brush applicator. I don’t remember the name, sorry. But my circles are still visible, I just look a little more awake/less sick.

I have had dark circles on my eyes for years. I recently discovered I have an allergy to milk. My under eye area has lightened up so much since avoiding all milk. To be clear, I had darkness under my eyes and on the lid, it looked like I was healing from being hit! I really like Kat Von D’s eye primer in skin for the lid darkness. I never found anything that worked well for under the eye. With creamier formulas, I had too much creasing and thinner formulas just would not cover. Peach color correctors really didn’t help hide the darkness, but they didn’t leave my under eye area with a gray cast like skin toned shades can. I am so pleased that my eyes are lightening up, hope this helps!

I noticed that my dark circles intensify if I use too much eye cream… Might sound odd, but when I use a tiny amount or skip the eye cream completely, I find myself with less bluish pigmentation in the morning.
Also, what seems to have helped a lot is drinking a smoothie Bobbie Brown talked about on a Dr. Oz show: organic banana, organic frozen cherries, chocolate protein powder, dark cocoa powder, coconut milk, kale (I use spinach instead), chia seeds and I also add blueberries. I have this every morning for breakfast. It’s not only delicious, but extremely healthy.
As for hiding them, my HG combination of Bobbie Brown corrector (in use Light Bisque; I tried the Armani master corrector in shade 1, but I didn’t like it at all, it was way too pink and it created an almost too highlighted look under my eyes), Tarte maracuja oil concealer (Light) and Bare Minerals Summer Bisque. That works for me better than anything else I’ve tried.

I learned to use theater makeup for my AWFUL undereye circles. I was a dancer and for our competitions and shows my dance instructor introduced us to Ben Nye! I used the Ben Nye Total Conceal All Wheel in SK-200 and set it with Ben Nye Visage Poudre Luxury Powder in Banana Powder. I have been using it since I was 11 (for dance) and now as an adult us it everyday. I have to use my finger with the concealer though because I really think it is like heat activated or something because when I use a brush it looks weird. It has been harder to get my hands on the Visage Powder thanks to Kim fricking Kardashian. Now everyone is running out to get it -_-

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