Late nights, bad diets, stress, allergies...all these are common causes of dark under eye circles. Add to this the possibility of inheriting it from your mom or dad, and you're pretty much doomed to use under eye concealers. I have compiled a little list of tried and tested under eye concealers and I hope that you will find something useful if you suffer from dark circles under your eyes too.
The first thing to remember is that, because of the blue (or sometimes yellow) tint of your under eye circles, you cannot use normal concealers that you would use for blemishes. You need something with a salmon or pink tinge to counteract the blueness.
Hiding dark circles
Whatever product I use, I like to either use my ring finger to gently pat the product onto the darkest areas under my eyes, or I use a concealer brush. I then use my Real Techniques Contour Brush to gently buff everything in. I like to follow that with a highlighter just below the concealer and also pat that in. I then use a loose or a pressed powder and my Real Techniques Setting Brush to set the concealer.
For dark circles that aren't too prominent
If you don't really suffer from very deep dark circles, I would recommend something like The Body Shop's All-in-one InstaBlur for Eyes. It has the consistency of a primer but is tinted so it evens out the fine lines under your eyes and gives a hint of coverage. It can also be used as a lid primer (which is what I mainly use it for). This retails for R135.
For very dark circles
There are three standout products in my beauty bag for this. Now this list is by no means complete, these are just the products that I've tried and that I've found work for me. The Garnier BB Cream for Eyes is a light and liquidy BB cream that you apply with the cool metallic rollerball applicator. It blends in seamlessly and doesn't cake at all. It comes in three shades (light, medium, and dark) and retails for R65 at Clicks (they currently have it on special for R55). The Bobbi Brown Corrector has pretty much reached cult status and really is a great product. I find it difficult to use in winter when it's cold and the product just doesn't want to warm up. I feel like I'm dragging the delicate skin under my eyes, but in summer it's a breeze to use. A dupe for the Bobbi Brown Corrector is Erase Paste from Benefit. I got my cute little round pot as part of a Benefit highlighter kit. The colour is more or less the same as my Bobbi Brown Corrector, but the consistency is much more creamy and blendable. Unfortunately it only comes in about three colours, whereas the Bobbi Brown range is much larger.
Highlighting the eye area
The iconic YSL Touché Eclat spawned this craze, but nowadays you can get away with a highlighting/concealing pen for far less than R500. Clarins, Estee Lauder, and numerous other brands make very good quality highlighting pens, and a favourite of mine is this Clarins Instant Light Brush-on Perfector Pen. One click dispenses enough product to draw on a triangle below each eye, at the top of my nose, and anywhere else I need a bit of "perfecting". I also buff this in with my Contour Brush. It wakes up the face and make the eyes seem more well-rested and awake than they really are! This retails for R315 at Clarins counters.
Do you have any under eye concealer tricks or holy grail products? Let me know in the comments section!
Until next time!