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How to conceal under-eye bags and dark circles the right way

model putting on concealer
Under-eye bags and dark circles are often the bane of most women’s existence, no matter what age. Those pesky bags and dark circles have the power to declare to the whole world, that you’re either run-down, sick, stressed or just downright tired. It’s these tell-tale signs that we want to camouflage as naturally as possible. Unfortunately, we are not Anna Wintour, so parading around the office in a pair of shades, just won’t cut it. Applying concealer properly is the real secret to disguising dark circles and under-eye bags effectively, without looking caked. Take a look at our top tips on how to conceal under-eye bags and dark circles the right way. bobbi brown concealer, mac concealer brush, smashbox under-eye primer  

T I P   1  :  P R E P   W I T H   P R I M E R 

As with foundation or eyeshadow, prepping your skin is important. Prepping the under eyes with primer will stop your concealer from sliding off, and also, smooth the under eye area, stopping concealer from cracking.   We love: Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer 

T I P   2  :  C H O O S E   T H E   R I G H T   S H A D E 

We’ve previously created a guide to colour correcting concealers, and we definitely stand by the philosophy that certain coloured concealers will counteract with dark circles or red/yellow undertones. Instead of going full scale Kardashian and just opting for a lighter shade, focus on trying to find the correct colour for you. Also, ensure that you use a luminous concealer as this will brighten tired eyes. Using a yellow-based concealer will tackle blueish dark circles, while a peach-based one will conceal yellowish or brown undertones. And, ensure to go one shade lighter to brighten the under-eye area, making you look more awake and youthful.  We love: Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit

T I P   3  :  B R U S H   U P   &   D A B   A W A Y  

Apply your concealer strategically, keeping in mind that less is more. When concealing under the eyes, it’s important not to conceal the whole under-eye bag. Contrary to the belief that covering the whole problem area will be effective, it in fact can make your eyes look even puffier. Instead, you should apply concealer on the crease at the bottom of the bag and gently blend in with your cheekbones. This will help to minimise the bag strategically without caking the concealer on and making it more obvious.  For dark circles, only apply on the actual dark circle, using a brush as it will help get into the hard to get areas, like the corners of the eyes beside the bridge of your nose. Then, dab the concealer gently with your ring finger, pressing the concealer into your skin and blending out, rather than tugging and pulling.  We love: MAC 195 concealer brush
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