Best Makeup For Dark Circles-Tips To Cover Them Up

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Do you have under eye dark circles that won’t go away? It’s something that many women struggle with and while we search for the underlying cause and treatment, in the meantime the only thing we can do is find the best makeup for dark circles to cover them up.

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For women over 40 and 50, dark under eye circles may be a bigger problem because with age, the skin under our eyes tends to thin out, making under eye dark circles appear more prominent. We also have to worry about fine fines under the eyes we age, so finding the best makeup for dark circles to conceal them properly is even trickier, because you want coverage that brightens the area while also looking smooth.

So what is the best makeup for dark circles and how can we cover them up?

The trick is to combine using a good under eye concealer, with proper application, while also taking really good care of your skin. This means using a good moisturizing, wrinkle reducing eye cream at night so that you can apply daytime concealing makeup for dark circles more smoothly, without it seeping into fine lines. So if you’re sick of looking tired because under eye circles, here a few makeup tips that will brighten up your eyes instantly!

If you’re looking for an under eye base concealer that has all day staying power, try Physician’s Concealer Rx. This is  by far the best makeup for dark circles and under eye coverage because its thicker than a foundation and you don’t have to use very much.  Just use a tiny dab on your finger and blot it gently under your eyes, concentrating on the tear through hollows, where circles are darkest. You can also use a tiny dab on your inner, upper eyelids, next to your nose to add more brightness to your eye area.

Once applied, give the Physician’s Concealer Rx a few minutes to set. Next, apply your dark circle concealing cover stick in a shade to match your skin tone like Maybelline Coverstick Corrector Concealer. Maybelline Coverstick comes in three skin shades and it works great under the eyes. So if you’re looking for a an affordable coverstick that works well, try Maybelline.

Typical mistakes that many women make when trying to find the best makeup to conceal dark under eye circles is using a makeup that isn’t creamy enough or not matching their own skin tone correctly. But if you’re looking for a product that does both and can spend a little bit more, try TEMPTU Under-eye Concealer.  It has a vitamin complex (A, C, D, E and K) to provide antioxidant protection and help minimize the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and uneven skin tone. It goes on very smooth and creamy and comes in eight shades to match any skin tone.

Orange is the New Dark Circle Concealer

If you’ve struggled with every type of under eye makeup concealer with very little results, but never tried an orange or peach tone under eye concealer, then you need to try one like Jane Iredale Circle Delete Under Eye Concealer.

Jane Iredale Circle Delete Under Eye Concealer is an eye conditioner and concealer containing moringa butter and avocado oil, both high in vitamins A, C, D and E. Moringa butter is native to India and is known to hydrate and moisturize skin as a natural botanical, as well as give the delicate skin under the eyes a protective barrier from free radical damage. The avocado oil and vitamins further assist in repairing the skin.

But it’s this creamy two-toned makeup with an orange/peach tone and beige color combination that helps corrects dark under eye circles that are bluish and purple. The orange will counteract the purple hues and give you more of a beige tone to diminish dark circles. So if you haven’t tried orange concealer for dark circles yet, it just may be your new, best dark circle makeup.

If you have really stubborn under eye circles, take a good look at them in natural daylight and see if they have  a blue, purple or reddish tone. If your under eye circles look blue, adding a peach or orange concealer, as shown above will correct your dark circles. But, if your dark circles appear to be more red due to broken blood vessels, then a green concealer as shown below will help brighten your eye area.

Once your under eye concealer and cover-up makeup are applied, it helps to set it with a tiny bit of powder. But you don’t want to draw attention to fine lines, so don’t use pressed powder. Instead, use a light, brush on powder, like Physician’s Mineral Powder. This powder comes with a large brush because it really works well to set your entire face makeup.  So instead of using the big brush it comes with, swap it out for a small domed eye brush to apply it exactly where you need it under your eye area.

Another great way to set your under eye concealer make up is by using a powder specifically made to “set” your eye make up and that’s exactly what Elf High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder does. Again, this is a great example of a product that doesn’t cost a lot and works really well. This Elf setting powder has a bit of a sheen to it, to highlight the area and also can be applied to brighten up the inner corners of the upper eyelids. It comes with a tiny brush so it’s perfect for applying it where you need to and the powder is small enough to carry in your purse for quick touchups.

Another good concealer that works for both blemishes and under eye dark circles is Loreal True Match Super Blendable  Concealer. What makes this the best makeup for dark circles under the eyes is both the texture of the makeup and the brush to apply it with. It’s a small tube of creamy, blendable makeup with a brush applicator that’s handy for applying it exactly where you need it. It can be used alone, as an under eye base foundation or it can be used to blend in a concealing cover-stick for extra coverage that lasts all day.

Overall, the best makeup for dark circles usually comes in the form of some sort of skin tone concealer. Concealers come in any number of shades and you should choose carefully so you do not actually draw more attention to the eye area flaws. As a rule, it’s best try pat on a little bit of under eye makeup at a time, then to over-apply it. And, there are other tricks you can use to brighten up the rest of your face, such as using eyeliner and brow pencil to detract from the under eye circles and define your eyes.

There are several reasons a woman may be looking for the best makeup for dark circles. Stubborn dark circles can be caused by allergies, sinus congestion, stress or too little sleep. No matter the reason, a good concealer and a few makeup tricks can virtually make them disappear right away.

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Here are a few tips for choosing the best makeup for dark circles

  • Stop at a cosmetics counter at a store and ask for their advice on which makeup for dark circles works best for your skin tone. You can try different on types of concealers before settling on a purchase see which shades match your skin tone as closely as possible.
  • There are different shades of under eye dark circles that may benefit from a yellow or green concealer. So keep in mind that a yellowish under eye concealer will hide dark purple circles while a green tinted concealer will  hide red under eye circles.
  • Choose a lightweight but creamy concealer. The concealer should glide on smoothly, but not be greasy, and not require a lot of rubbing to apply. Do your self a favor and train yourself to not rub your eyes, no matter how tired they get, this can exacerbate the situation and actually cause the areas under your eyes to remain reddened for some time.
  • While you are at the cosmetics counter, after each application of makeup for dark circles, move away from the counter to see how the concealer makeup looks under more natural lighting or take a walk outside with a mirror to see how natural it looks. The goal here is to make sure that your “under eye dark circles” are not noticeable under normal lighting conditions.

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Once you find the best makeup for dark circles, here are some basic tips for applying it under your eyes.

  • Apply your normal foundation to even out your complexion. Smooth it out as you normally would, without paying any special attention to under the eye. Once your foundation is in place, you should be able to clearly see the dark circles that you need to conceal.
  • Use dark circle concealer base products under your eyes applying a thin, even coat. Use either an applicator sponge or pat it on with your finger, sparingly. Fingers work the best because you have a little more control. Once you have applied a concealer base, let it set and add your cover stick makeup.
  • Pay attention to the area where your eye meets the bridge of your nose as this area tends to be the darkest on most people and can be brightened with just a small touch of concealer.

Remember, even the best makeup for dark circles under the eyes may not solve the underlying cause of dark circles, but until you can get them under control, a good concealer applied properly is the best way to brighten and freshen up your eyes instantly.


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