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How to Cover Dark Eye Circles with Makeup

Those pesky dark circles stand no chance with this five-step routine.
September 21, 2022
How To Cover Dark Eye Circles


If you've dealt with them, you know just how frustrating dark eye circles can be. Seriously — the rest of your complexion could look perfect, but if your under-eye area is dark, it can put a serious dent in your confidence. Of course an eye cream that can help minimize the appearance of dark circles under your eyes is key, but you may need some help while you wait to see results.


The good news is, if you’ve been scouring the Internet to find out how to cover dark circles, you can consider your search over. With the right concealer and a few simple steps, you can banish dark circles — at least until it’s time to wash off your makeup. We’re sharing everything else you need to know about saying goodbye to dark under eyes, including why you should color correct and how to apply concealer under your eyes to hide dark circles.
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1. Prime Your Skin

You’ll want to kick things off by applying makeup primer. A primer will give your skin a smooth and even base for a seamless makeup application, and it can help the rest of your makeup last longer. Since you won’t want your dark circles to be uncovered later in the day, this is pretty important.



2. Color Correct

While you may think that using concealer and foundation is the be-all and end-all to covering up dark circles, you’ll need to get acquainted with color correcting. Not sure exactly how it works? Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Think of the color wheel from your middle school art class: colors that are opposite each other on the wheel can cancel each other out.


Apply this color theory to your makeup, and consider that since dark circles tend to have a purplish-blue hue, an orange or peach-toned concealer could be just what you need to neutralize their appearance.


To start your dark circle disappearing act, reach for the L’Oréal Paris True Match Color Correcting Crayons. Use the peach pencil for fair to light skin tones, bisque for light to medium skin tones, and orange for medium to deep skin tones. Select your color corrector match, apply it in a dot pattern under the eyes, and blend until even. Keep in mind a little goes a long way, so use it sparingly.



3. Reach for Concealer

It’s finally time for your concealer. You want to use a flesh-tone offering that works to mask your color corrector and brighten your under-eye area for an even and natural finish. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer up to 24H Full Coverage, which works to conceal and correct the appearance of dark circles. 


Apply the cream concealer directly to your under eye area and blend, preferably with a brush or blender. Like your color corrector, apply in a dot pattern under the eyes, and extend toward the temple for a lifting effect.  apply the concealer in an upside-down triangle shape for the most coverage.



4. Apply Your Foundation

Once your concealer is in place, it’s time to create an even base. Remember, you should always use a foundation that suits your skin type and addresses your skin care concerns. 


If you have dry skin, try a lightweight foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation. Breathable with up to 24 hours of staying power, this ultra-thin liquid goes on smoothly and leaves your skin with a fresh, healthy-looking complexion without clinging to any dry patches.


If you have oily skin, reach for a matte-finish foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder. This formula keeps excess oils at bay to reveal a smooth and clear complexion.


If you want full coverage, grab the L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation. Formulated to cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation, this foundation matches both your skin tone and your undertone for a perfect finish.


Whichever foundation you choose, apply it with a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, using quick dabbing and rolling motions until you reach your desired level of coverage.



5. Set It Well

Once your makeup is perfectly in place, it’s time to lock it all in. After all, you don’t want your hard work to go to waste. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder to set your concealer.  To bake, apply the powder directly under your eyes with a makeup brush, and let it set for five to ten minutes before dusting away the excess. After finishing the rest of your makeup, follow it up with the L’Oréal Paris Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray ,misting it over your face in  ‘X’ and ‘T’ motions. 

Next: The Best Eye Creams for Dark Circles

Edited by: Témi Adebowale, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier

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