How To Hide Dark Undereye Circles


One of my main problem areas when I’m applying my makeup are my eyes because they are deep set and I have hereditary dark circles that refuse to disappear no matter how much sleep I indulge in.  I know that a considerable amount of people suffer from the same problem so this post is dedicated to those who are continually trying to brighten and freshen their eye area!

By using some amazing products and applying them in a clever way, you can erase any signs of fatigue!

As you can see in my before picture, I am not wearing any makeup at all and my eye area is obviously slightly red, uneven in tone with blue/purple dark circles. And yes, that’s the way my eyebrows are naturally…I’ve never plucked the outer edges to be like that! It’s just the weird way they grow! Thank god for brow powder, that’s all I can say.
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Preparation is key with any makeup application and in this case I always start with a soothing and refreshing dose of Liz Earle Eye Bright Soothing Eye Lotion.  I simply soak two cotton pads and apply them to my eyes for a few minutes to lessen any redness and gently wake up my eyes.  You can use the same pads to remove any left over makeup from the night before as well.  I then use Optrex Brightening Eye Drops to brighten the whites of my eyes, get rid of any visible veins and make my eyes feel fresh and comfortable.  I then apply This Works No Wrikles Tired Eyes very gently, using a patting motion from the inner corners all the way out to the outer corners of my eyes.

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The second step is to apply an illuminating lotion to the orbital bone, blending to help brighten the area and even out skin tone – I like to use Benefit High Beam because it’s light in texture and creates a nice base for foundation.

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I know there are some people who don’t apply foundation around their eyes but I feel this is a really important step to create an even base, cancel out any redness in your skin and create a solid foundation for your concealer to adhere to.

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With foundation:

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I absolutely love Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque – it’s the perfect product to hide any blue/purple tones under the eyes and the peachy tone really brightens the whole area.  It’s got a great texture for blending into the delicate skin around the eyes and I prefer to use the warmth of my fingers to work it in.

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With Corrector:

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After the BB Corrector I like to apply a small amount of Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover in Light/Medium to the inner under eye area.  It just gets rid of the last shadows that might be lurking there and ensures everything stays in place.  It has an amazingly light consistency for such an opaque product and is perfect for the under eye area because you don’t need to drag the skin to blend it in.

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With DW Maximum Cover:

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An important last step is to set all of the products with a yellow toned powder like Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder.  It will stop any creasing, the products will stay out all day and it acts as a final perfecting step, creating an airbrushed effect under the eyes.  I always finish off with Benefit Eye Bright on my lower waterline to open up and brighten my eyes.

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If you are having a particularly bad eye day then I would suggest keeping your eyeshadow on the lighter side and only applying eye liner and mascara to the top lash line, otherwise the dark colours can accentuate your dark circles.

So there you have it! Those are my steps to covering dark circles! I hope you have found this helpful and let me know if you have a routine that works for you or if you have any incredible eye products you would like to share with everyone.

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7 thoughts on “How To Hide Dark Undereye Circles

  1. Jenny

    We have the same problem. I’ve tried tons of eye creams, serums and brighteners to get rid of the bluish and purplish tones on my under eye area over the years and only two products made a mark for me. It would be the VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Eye Serum and Lancôme Progrès’ Eye Crème. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Liz Earle Eye Bright Soothing Eye Lotion so I’ll try to check that out. Would you know where I can buy it in the US? Anyway, I never thought about using high beam as a primer to foundation below the eyes, I usually mix it with my foundation prior to application for the ultimate brightening effect. Also, I use Benefit Eye Bright to highlight my brows and the inner corner of my eyes (inverted v). I have tried using it as an eyeliner for my waterline but it disappears under two hours. Any tips on how I can make it last longer on that area?

    1. Laura Murphy Post author

      I haven’t tried either of those eye creams/serums so I must take a look at them. I think Liz Earle have a US site now – best place to check is on google. I also love the inverted ‘V’ technique – it works wonders! I love using Benefit Eye Bright for my waterline – it tends to last pretty well on me but I’m not sure how you could make it last any longer.

      1. Jenny

        I have just found the US website of Liz Earle (Thanks to Google.. LOL!) I’m very excited to order their eye lotion (woot! woot!) The V technique is awesome – it makes the overall eye makeup look very youthful and fresh. My eyes are kind of watery so I guess that’s the reason why it won’t last longer than it normally should. The hunt for a brightening waterline eyeliner is on!


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