The Christmas season. It seems to be taking its toll on my eyes, and several of my friends have said the same! If you’re battling with dark underage circles or bags, read on! You’ll learn how to disguise dark undereye circles with natural make-up from RMS Beauty, Pacifica Beauty and PHB Ethical Beauty.
What You Need to Disguise Dark Undereye Circles
I am using my favourite chemical-free make-up and skincare, but these steps will work with any cream concealer, liquid concealer and mascara.
Disguise Dark Undereye Circles Step 1: Prep
After applying your moisturiser (I recommend Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser, which you can read about here) smooth on your eye cream. I love Laidbare’s Pack Your Bags as it’s lovely and light, yet still effective. It’s only £7.99 from Love Lula*, which I think is a great price, especially as you only need a tiny amount. Dab it on gently around your eyes, without getting too close. Allow to absorb for a minute or two.
Disguise Dark Undereye Circles Step 2: Disguise
Apply BB cream or primer, if you like. Using your ring finger, dab on some cream concealer. I use RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up* as I love the consistency and good-for-skin ingredients. It comes in seven shades, and costs £34, which sounds a lot, I know, but it lasts for ages as you only need a tiny amount. My brush is by Eco Tools, and doesn;t seem to be available any more but there is one in this EcoTools 6 Piece Bamboo Starter Set, for £14.99*.Start at the inner corners of your eyes, and work down and out in an upside down triangle shape.
Blend in gently with your finger, or use a flat brush to pat it in for a more ‘airbrushed’ finish. You can use this concealer as foundation too, but it does take a little time as it’s thicker than normal foundation. You can see me applying it on my video, through this post.
Disguise Dark Undereye Circles Step 3: Lighten
It may sound like overkill, but I add a thin layer of brightening liquid concealer over the top of the cream concealer. My favourite is Pacifica Transcendent Concentrated Concealer, which is available in Light and Natural for £15.99.
Concentrate on the inner corners, and the areas either side of the bridge of your nose, which can get a greyish tinge. Next tip your head forward and check for any dark patches. Apply a little more concealer as needed. Again, I use my brush to gently blend the concealer in. Next, complete the rest of your base, and set with powder foundation.
Disguise Dark Undereye Circles Step 4: Distract
So by now you hopefully have a nice even-looking eye area. Next, it’s time to open up you eyes and distract attention to your fabulous lashes. I swear by PHB Ethical Beauty Natural Mascara and you can read my rave review here. This mascara is super dark, long lasting and makes lashes look brilliantly long and volumised without clumping. It’s the best! Available from Love Lula, PHB Mascara costs £15.95* and is worth every penny in my opinion. Zig-zag the wand through your lashes from base to tip and add another coat if you fancy it. I would avoid putting mascara on your bottom lashes, as they can print below your eyes and ruin all your concealing work!
Disguise Dark Undereye Circles Step 5: Brighten
This step is optional, but adding flesh-toned pencil along the waterline of your eyes helps them look bigger and brighter. Pacifica’s Magical Multi-Pencil in Bare (£10.99)* is the perfect nude shade and much more flattering and natural-looking than white. This magic pencil can also be used as a concealer or to line outside your lips to keep lipstick in place.
Disguise Dark Undereye Circles: The Finished Look
So let’s have a look at the before and after, side by side.
You can wear this look as it is, or add eyeliner and/or eyeshadow to bring out your eyes even more. I’ve wearing three coats of PHB Ethical Beauty Mascara in this picture, and can’t see any dark circles.
If you’re interested in faking fuller brows (like I have to do since over-plucking in the 90s) follow this guide. I hope you’ve found my guide to disguising dark undereye circles useful, why not Pin it for later?