The Concealer Trend You Need to Avoid If You Really Want to Hide Dark Circles

The difference is undeniable!
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The difference is undeniable!

My face is the kind of face that will always have under-eye bags. It’s a genetic thing, worsened by the fact that I am always doing a million things at once and never end up getting quite the amount of sleep I need. 

While I’ve given up on getting rid of them, I’m not quite at the stage where I can embrace them.

I look like I’m getting booked for crimes against concealer. This is me with no makeup at all, by the way.

I look like I’m getting booked for crimes against concealer. This is me with no makeup at all, by the way.

Concealer has never been capable of covering them up, or so I thought. I was doing everything I’d learned from YouTube: a lighter shade of concealer, drawn in a triangle under my eyes.

Then I went to makeup school and had a massive duh moment. Darker colours recede and lighter colours advance, so slathering a lighter shade of concealer all over my under-eye area was drawing attention to it

I should have realised this already. I kind of did—I just didn’t think too much about how simple the solution is: to put concealer the exact matching shade to my skin, only in the areas that need it.

There’s some other makeup on my face here, but no concealer.

There’s some other makeup on my face here, but no concealer.

I figured I better do a comparison to show what a difference this makes. I mean, no concealer is going to smooth away my eye bags completely, but what I’m seeing is a reduction from Mary Poppins-scale magic carpet bag to, like, novelty miniature backpack.

Unblended so you can see where I’m putting it.

Unblended so you can see where I’m putting it.

On my right/your left, I’ve got a small amount of concealer applied right under my eye. I used the concealer shade in the Australis Concealer/Corrector palette. To be honest it doesn’t have the nicest consistency, but it was the best match for my current skin tone in my stash.

On my left/your right, I applied the NARS Pure Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla in traditional Kardashian Kontour style.

All I need is a pearl earring. And a darker concealer.

All I need is a pearl earring. And a darker concealer.

Even blended in with a brush, this shade is more calling attention to the uneven terrain under my left eye than hiding it.

I can understand how this technique looks awesome on those people with perfect flat planes underneath their eyes. I am not one of those people, however, and I don’t think I’ve ever put makeup on anyone else whose face is truly cut out for the technique.

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On the other side, however, it’s a different story, and I know the angle of the photo isn’t quite the same, but I still think there’s a significant difference. Where the other picture was all “check out my under-eye bags,” in this one they’re not even a feature. With this concealer, no one is going to be asking me if I’m tired.

I feel like I got so overwhelmed with brightening concealers and ~radiance boosting~ highlighting pens that are so on-trend at the moment that I forgot you can just use regular old concealer under the eyes. And that it actually works pretty darn well.

  • Which concealer method do you prefer, highlight or colour-match? 
  • Or do you just embrace the circles and bags?