What's your step-by-step process for concealing under-eye discoloration or darkness?

This is something I often don’t bother to do! When I remember to do it, then I apply MAC Fast Response Eye Cream first, then use a thin layer of a cream concealer (like NARS Soft Matte) diffused with a small, fluffy brush (like Real Techniques Setting Brush) and then pat on setting powder with a small, flat brush (like Wayne Goss The Air Brush).

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Wednesday Avatar

Thin layer of Ole Henriksen wrinkle blur bakuchiol eye cream

Super thin layer of either:
Winter= Tatcha the pearl tinted eye illuminating treatment (cannot get the light version of this anymore on Sephora.. guessing it might be discontinued.. ugh)
Summer = colorescience total eye

Then depending on level of dryness in area I add a tiny tiny smidge in trouble areas (the still slightly darkened areas I can see when I tilt my head down) of either Nars soft matte or Giorgio Armani power fabric concealer.

Fan brush in a touch of Laura Gellar powder the fair brightening version.

Overall I find less is more and I have to be super careful to not overapply which exacerbates.

Brian Avatar

On days Im not wearing any other makeup I use the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector by itself in a thin layer. On days I’m wearing more I use a thin layer of a high pigment concealer like the nyx Bare With Me or the Creamy version of Tarte Shape Tape with a little bit of the Becca over it. Powder does not like my face so I rarely set and try to stick to very thin layers of products with a lot of impact so I don’t have to worry about creasing.

Lesley Avatar

It is a process. I use a peach color corrector, currently the Danessa Myricks click pen n the lighter peach shade, mixed with Covergirl It’s Lit because the Danessa is slightly dark for me. Then I use Tarte Creaseless Concealer (old formula) in light neutral. Then I set it with Danessa Myricks Evolution Powder. I am sure I could simplify this but I am trying to use up products I already own.

Ana Maria Avatar

Although I am ‘blessed’ with genetically dark under eyes and lines (I always had creasing under eyes… I can remember me being 10-12 years old and fine lines), my routine is not that complex.

For prep I use eye cream (something lightweight, gel consistency, not to emolient or moisturizing), I apply sunscreen (that’s why for my it’s important to use sunscreens that don’t irritate my eyes) and my face primer on top.

I apply a small dab of concealer under eye, but without fully blending it. I let the concealer dry for at least half a minute, while I apply foundation (I get better coverage and less creasing). Than I blend the concealer and quickly set it with powder.

I never used those red or orange under eye correctors, and I absolutely cringe when people are using them. 😅 Especially since most people using them have 25% of my dark eye circles. Sincerely, a good coverage concealer like the classic MAC Prolong wear does the job for me. Yes… It doesn’t cover them 100%, but 95% is good enough for me.

Lauren Avatar

I use the peach/salmon tinted color correctors. I’m also genetically “blessed” with dark circles as well as allergy shiners. Without a color corrector it looks like I have two black eyes. Concealer on its own doesn’t look right on me – perhaps my undertones and the shade of my darkness and the perma-shadow from how deep set my eyes are. I like to do a light layer of the peach and then a concealer that is similar to my skin tone. None of that brightening stuff for me… just makes my deep set eyes look even more deep set! I think that most of the population doesn’t need to fuss about with color correctors, but for some of us they are little miracle workers 🙂

Ana Maria Avatar

I’m glad you found the products that work for you.
My comment was more of an auto-irony of my lack of concern on getting a flawless look, not a negative on people using color correctors.

Ana Maria Avatar

I’ve always been very self conscious for having under eye lines, I was concerned I was aging early and it’s something wrong with my skin. Especially since I was very young, having lines… and on the Internet everybody 20-30 years old had the smoothest under eyes. It’s like only women 40+ had my issues; until I found Wayne Goss, nobody did a tutorial that worked for my under eyes.

But for some it’s natural, faces have lines, it gives more… personality and expression to the face.
I’m also quite fortunate to not have any other new lines as I age… my forehead though… 😆

Genevieve Avatar

Fortunately I don’t suffer from under eye discolouration (a few pesky wrinkles though), so I don’t use under eye concealers. But if I did I would probably use a very light moisturiser and wait for it to set, then apply my foundation as per normal, adding some really porcelain concealer underneath my eyes using my fingers. I would probably try some DS brands first or Nude by Nature.

brendacr1 Avatar

The only place I have darkness is the corners of my eyes, after applying my moisturizers and serums etc. I put a yellow color corrector on the area then my Cle de Peau concealer, (except it has gone missing somehow so I’m looking to replace it right now) then I set with powder and setting spray.

BrandiD Avatar

I pretty much never do anything with my undereyes — don’t get me wrong, they’re horrific; I have both hollows and dark shadows. It’s just that everything I have tried in the past has made them much more obvious and worse. I find that using my normal relatively heavy foundation works best (I’m currently wearing Guerlain L’Essential). Then if I think I need more concealer, after I do eye makeup but before I put on blush, I’ll pat some dots of NARs creamy concealer in the corners of my eyes. I think it does something but it’s truly hard to say.

Katrina Avatar

Most people are commenting about concealer, which does not do it for me. I’ve always head singe discoloration, but only in the past 1.5 years has it become prominent, which is primarily due to an unexpected 80lb. weight loss (which depleted my under eye collagen) that happened over a short 9 months. Now I look gaunt with no makeup. And I’m skeletal in general. Thank God for Sciton though, once I’ve had that this will be a thing of the past.

It starts with skin care, as all flawless makeup should. In the morning, I need at least my smattering of serums and all over face moisturizer to lock it in… The works as dictated by my estestician. I use self tanner if my tone is uneven across the board as I tend to run tan but can at times not be flattering or even. Sometimes drops in my moisturizer or tanning water, but the By Terry tea time also works well in a pinch.

Once all that has set, I use either a brightening eye cream (one of many, I never use the same one – but, first aid makes a good one if you’re in the market, the inkey list for a cheaper option). Then, I apply primer. But, eye primer and not face primer. For me, this is commonly nars or smashbox 24hr. Then, I use a tone that is orangish- but not too far off from my natural tone. I find the more vivid the orange the less it conceals and the more cartoonish you look. I prefer the viseart cream palette for this, I think I use contour, conceal, & correct palette #2. When I’m ultra tan the cover FX works well though, too.

I apply with a brush and blend out with my finger or a mini beauty blender. Then I set very lightly with finely milled powder. I prefer By Terry hydrating powder, but I also sometimes use PMG or viseart. If you don’t set you’ll mix it in with the foundation, which is a catastrophe. Then, I use a serum foundation to neutralize the orange and match the rest of my skin. I didn’t really need foundation anywhere other than the eye area.

When I’m doing the base for my eyes, I also use a paint pot or sometimes sigma primer in addition to brighten shadows. Sometimes I’ll also pat a little under the eye to brighten if it’s not already at desired results, but that’s pretty rare.

Helene Avatar

Generally I just use my foundation. If I feel I need a bit more coverage I use Maybelline Age something something, I use as little as possible as I find I rather have a bit of darkness than concealer making the wrinkles more prominent. These are new wrinkles, they weren’t there a year ago.
I find that every 12 to 24 months I have to tweak things like under eye concealers or placement of eyeliner flicks or they make me look even older. 🙁

Sarah Avatar

I have dark under eyes from lack of sleep and genetics…so I use a corrector in light bisque from
Bobbi brown. Then I use the dior forever concealer sometimes I use the ysl touché eclat and then I set it with the pmg under eye blurring powder.

Z Avatar

Here’s the deal – I came of age in the time of grunge – all dark circles, heroin chic, pale sickly skin, looking like you stayed up all night. It’s completely opposite the heavy, thick layers of foundation and “blow up doll/dragqueen on stage at midnight” of today where everyone wants to hide their skin, have the same “blanked out all my features and then drew them on super strong, with a heavy hand, and somehow we all look the same now” aesthetic.
As I’m not a teen or twenty-something any more my dark circles (had them my whole life. reddish/purple-based) can occasionally bother me if I went too dark with the brows or use blue eyeshadow. In that case I take a creamy concealer (like RMS) and dab it just where the color is the darkest, do some other part of my face, come back and pat it in gently after it has warmed up for a minute. It doesn’t completely hide them (deep set hooded eyes and a bit of a canyon between them and my squishy cheeks), but it tones down the red/purple color enough that I don’t look “tired.”

Tyra Avatar

Lately I’ve been loving Kosas Revealer concealer. I have deep set eyes and dark circles but don’t use color correctors because I have fine lines under my eyes and it’s hard enough to find a balance between coverage and creasing without adding an extra product. I read some reviews saying that this concealer isn’t well preserved and may go off relatively quickly, so I purchased my skin tone shade and use it all over my face, blending with a damp sponge. I love the finish of this product sheeter out all over the face – glowy and natural looking. Current setting powder is Nars light reflecting pressed powder, which I’m happy with.

Jane Avatar

If I use a foundation that covers well, even a light one, like PMG’s, Clinique SPF Serum or Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Water Fresh (sorry, I’m being a tad lazy and going from memory so please excuse the lack of or lack of precision in the names), I usually don’t need much of anything. But when I do a dab of Benefit’s Bo-ing Brightening Concealer and that’s all I need. I usually put in on with a finger tip or a concealer brush and sometime I set it all with a very light powder.

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