Hello my lovelies! I think the number one question I get asked is how I cover my dark under eye circles. Being of Asian descent means I have horrible hereditary dark under eye circles/hyperpigmentation. It is through accidental discovery that I found a way to cover this hyperpigmentation with these three key products I am going to show you. In this post I will be showing you how to cover under eye circles, or how I cover dark under eye circles, rather.
The whole purpose of this post is not only to show you but to guide you. I didn’t want this post to be a post that tells you what to do. I am simply explaining what I do to cover hypepigmentation, and how I achieve such amazing results.
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What I Use
- L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer – Orange Corrector
- Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer – SX11
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 20
- Ben Nye Luxury Powder – Banana
- Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush – Real Techniques Starter Eye Set
- Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K Shade & Conceal Brush – BC211
- Beautyblender Beautyblender Sponge
- Beautyblender Micro Mini Duo Sponges
- Real Techniques Setting Brush
How I Cover Dark Under Eye Circles
I prep my under eye area by adding moisture to it. I personally haven’t found the perfect eye cream yet so I just take a concentrated amount of my face moisturiser and glide under my eyes with my fingers. This step is really crucial in making sure that our under eye area is properly hydrated to prevent cakiness!
I apply my foundation as normal, except I leave out my under eye area. I do this so that there is less creasing under my eyes. As I am going to go in with a colour corrector, foundation under the eyes isn’t really necessary for me. Especially as it leaves creases under my eyes using colour corrector, foundation and concealer. Leaving out your lid area is optional. Most of the time I just apply foundation to my lids while leaving out my under eye area as it’s too much effort to do every day. I’ll leave out my lids if I plan to do a heavy eyeshadow look.
When I’ve finished with the rest of my liquid/cream product i.e. cream contouring, I apply an Orange corrector to my under eyes. The Orange corrector I use is the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in the shade Orange Corrector. Another good Orange corrector you could use is the NYX Concealer Jar in Orange.
Note: Colour correcting for hyperpigmentation is different for different skin tones! Here is which colour corrector may be best suitable for you according to your skin tone.
- fair to light complexion, dark circles – salmon corrector
- light to medium complexion, dark circles – peach corrector
- medium to dark complexion, dark circles – orange corrector
- dark to deep complexion, dark circles – red/brick corrector
I apply the corrector straight from the L.A. Girl applicator. It’s very important to note that I apply a little amount and only where I have discolouration. I see a lot of videos on Instagram of people colour correcting and they’re dragging an Orange corrector almost halfway down their face. This is a NO go! You only need to apply corrector where there is discolouration.
After applying the Orange corrector to each eye, I then take the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (from the Real Techniques Starter Eye Set) and use that to buff out the corrector. I really like this brush as it’s the ideal size for under my eyes. As the bristles are so dense it’s perfect for buffing and blending out product. After blending the corrector out with the brush, I then go in with my finger and tap over the corrector – to pick up any excess product. This also helps melt the product into your skin more from the warmth of your skin.
The most exciting and miraculous part! Mixing up my heavenly concoction of full coverage saviour. I then take a flat concealer brush and scoop out a small amount of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (full coverage cream product) in the shade SX11 on the back of my hand. Next I grab the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (light-medium coverage liquid concealer) in the shade 20 and deposit two parts onto my hand next to the Kevyn Aucoin SSE. Taking my flat concealer brush I mix one part Kevyn Aucoin SSE and two parts Maybelline Fit Me together shortly before applying it to my under eye area.
You don’t have to use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, I’m just obsessed with using it in conjunction with my SSE as it gives me the fullest coverage possible. If you are going to use a different concealer of your preferred choice, just make sure it’s a liquid concealer. I’ve found that using a cream concealer on its own gives me major creases under my eyes which is why I choose to mix it with a liquid concealer so I can get the best of both worlds!
I apply my heavenly concealer combination on one side of the face first in a rough triangle shape, starting just below where I applied the corrector (applying it in a triangular shape highlights and lifts the face). I then continue to apply the concealer under my eye building upwards. If you leave your lids blank, apply any excess concealer left on the brush, to your lid. If not, you can just concentrate the concealer on your under eyes only.
I then take my trusty damp Beautyblender and blend away! When I apply the same concealer on my lids I normally blend that area out first, before blending out the concealer under my eyes. If you don’t have the original Beautyblender, I highly recommend trying it if possible! I can’t imagine my makeup routine without one now. If not, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a brilliant makeup sponge for £5.99! Remember, it’s important to take your time blending in this stage. Don’t set anything until you’re completely happy with how it’s blended!
I always tend to use a loose powder to set my under eyes as I find it performs much better than a pressed powder for me personally. My favourite setting powder is the Ben Nye Luxury Powder in the shade Banana. I love yellow-toned powders as they brighten the under eye area and are perfect for those with a Golden undertone!
If you are of a lighter skin tone I would recommend the RCMA No Colour Powder or the Collection Loose Powder in Translucent. If you are of a deeper skin tone I would highly recommend the Sacha Buttercup Powder (it’s amazing!) or any of the deeper shades within the Ben Nye Luxury Powder range.
I then take another damp sponge (Micro Mini blending sponge by Beautyblender) and dip it into my powder. Before setting my concealer, I go back in with my first damp Beautyblender and blend everything out once more, before quickly pressing the damp mini sponge with powder, onto the inner area my under eye. Doing this ensures minimal creasing, for me. After that I top up the sponge with a little more powder and press it onto the inner corner of my lid. I then take my Real Techniques Setting Brush and brush away all of the excess powder, distributing it evenly across the rest of my under eye area.
The reason why I use a damp sponge with powder for the first half of setting the concealed areas is because it enables me to set the area flawlessly without any marks. Before I used this technique, I used to go straight in with the setting brush plus powder. Doing this would somehow disturb the concealer and create marks .
I do the same steps above for the other side of my face. After I have finished all of my base makeup, I spray the whole of my face with MAC Fix+ to take away the powdery finish. Then we’re all done!
The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is full coverage so it’s perfect for covering scars, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, the lot. The shade I use is around the same shade/tone of the foundation I use (which is darker than my natural skin tone), so I use it on its own for covering other blemishes/scars I have on my face. The SSE is not light enough for me to use as a concealer under my eyes, so I mix it with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer to create my ideal shade. This gives me a beautiful crease-less, full coverage under eye concealer. I couldn’t praise this combination high enough. It gives me life.
I swear by this combination and I highly HIGHLY recommend trying it if you can. I have also used the Kevyn Aucoin SSE with the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer and this also works well. However, I much prefer the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer as it feels more lightweight. If you want to try this technique with different concealers, feel free. Although, if you want the ultimate full coverage for hyperpigmentation, you cannot achieve this without the Godly Kevyn Aucoin SSE. Click here to read a full review on the Kevyn Aucoin SSE and why I love it so much!
I hope you have learnt something from my written description and the video! I really wanted this post to be perfect and a point of reference for whenever I do get asked how to cover hyperpigmentation.
Please let me know if you found this post helpful by commenting below. I would really appreciate it! If you would like me to do a video showcasing this technique on any other skin tones, do let me know! Or if you have any requests in general .