tutorial: get rid of undereye circles

June 17th, 2011

Here’s the thing about undereye concealer: it’s secretly the workhorse of your entire beauty cabinet.  I can feel like I look fine without mascara, without blush, without foundation even — so long as I’m wearing concealer.

And yet, for a long time, I didn’t use it at all.  I couldn’t find one that I liked, and I never quite knew how to blend it in properly.  I tended to dot it thickly in small places, where it would look totally unnatural and stick out just as much as whatever I was trying to cover up.  Benefit’s Erase Paste was basically a godsend for me — billed as “Industrial Strength” concealer, it’s basically a miracle worker. (I use shade 2, Medium.)

So I wish I’d had this video way back when, it would have saved me some serious time.  Two basic tips: 1) Pat the concealer, don’t rub it, to blend it in, and 2) Use it in a broader area on your face than you think.  It seems counter-intuitive, but the more area you cover (lightly), the more natural it will look.

I was at a Q&A with a professional makeup artist a few months ago, and when someone asked how to best cover undereye circles, literally every girl in the group nodded. For something that’s such a universal problem, it’s surprising how little people talk about it!  But I’m not afraid to admit on the days I want to look flawless or camera-ready (or on the days I haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before), this is my go-to method.

PS — Sorry my hair is such a disaster in this video!  I let it air dry without any styling, and it could have used a little touch-up too. 🙂

Tags: beauty · style

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sara // Jun 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Totally appreciate this, I’m giving it a try this weekend!

  • 2 Jennifer P. // Jun 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    We have a new baby, so this is exactly what I need.  Looks so easy and helpful, can’t wait to test it out.  And your hair looks fine!  Everyone needs a break from blowdrying sometimes.

  • 3 Liz // Jun 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    oooooh, i use erase paste too!  you’re totallr right, it works miracles. 🙂

  • 4 Closet Fashionista // Jun 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Ooh this is amazing! I have SUCH bad under eye circles, I’ll have to try it out…expensive though, and I’m too lazy for all the steps after it :/ but it does really work as I can see from the video

  • 5 julie @ rosy + tart // Jun 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I use the exact same stuff – same shade and everything. It truly is a miracle in a jar. Love it! 🙂

  • 6 Billygean // Jun 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    This is really useful, usually I just use foundation under my eyes but I’ll try benefit now – I love their stuff though it is pricy! I’ve been ill so I DEFINITELY need an under-eye concealer!


  • 7 Lynda@Me and My Pink Mixer // Jun 20, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Thanks so much for the tip!  I need an under eye consealer, but did not know of a good one to use – now I do.  Love the video too!

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