under-eye circles

Tips to Cover Dark Circles with Makeup

If you’re like me, you battle with dark circles year-round. They tend to be worse when I’m tired or under stress, and no matter what I do, they seem to be a permanent part of my face. But before we get into the tips for covering them up, let’s first take a look at why they form in the first place.

There are a few different reasons people might get dark circles under their eyes. It could be hereditary, it could be caused by allergies or sinus problems, or it could simply be from fatigue or lack of sleep. Whatever the cause, dark circles can make you look tired and older than you are, so it’s important to find ways to cover them.

Reasons you have under-eye circles

  1. You’re not getting enough sleep

If you’re not getting enough shut-eye, it shows on your face. Dark circles can be a sign that you’re not getting the 7-8 hours of sleep per night that experts recommend. Also, when you don’t get enough sleep, blood can pool in the vessels under your eyes, making them appear darker.

  1. You’re dehydrated

Dehydration can make your skin look dry, dull, and wrinkled including the delicate skin under your eyes. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day (aim for eight glasses of water) to keep yourself hydrated, and your skin will look its best.

  1. You have allergies

Allergies can cause inflammation and irritation, leading to dark circles under your eyes. You might also notice that your eyes are watery, itchy, or red if you have allergies.

  1. You’re rubbing your eyes

If you find yourself rubbing your eyes a lot, you could worsen your dark circles. When you rub your eyes, you break blood vessels in the delicate skin around your eyes, which can cause them to appear darker.

  1. You have hereditary dark circles

Some people have dark circles because they are genetic. This means that if your parents had them, you will too. You cannot prevent this from happening, but there are things you can do to help reduce their appearance. For example, use a good eye cream and get enough sleep.

camouflage any dark circles

How to get rid of dark circles with makeup?

If you’re looking to cover up dark circles with makeup, you can do a few things to ensure a more natural and flawless look. First, apply a color-correcting primer or concealer under your foundation to help neutralize any discoloration. Then, use a creamy concealer that’s one or two shades lighter than your skin tone to brighten the area. Next, blend well, so there are no harsh lines. Finally, set the area with a translucent powder to help keep everything in place. Following these tips should give you a more even complexion and help camouflage any dark circles.

Here are some tips for covering up your dark circles, even if you don’t have a lot of time in the morning.

First, use a light concealer that matches your skin tone. Then, apply it in a triangle shape under your eyes, and blend it well. Be sure to avoid putting too much concealer on, making your circles more obvious.

Second, use a brightening or highlighting powder on the inner corner of your eyes. This will help to lighten up the darkness and make you look more awake.

Finally, use a light eye shadow shade all over your eyelids.


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