Four Steps to Covering Dark Undereye Circles (+ Before & After)

How to Cover Dark Undereye CirclesHow to Cover Dark Undereye Circles

I have spent the better part of three years on the hunt for the best way to cover undereye circles, as I have unfortunately dark ones. I’ve tried 20+ different concealers, and I can finally say that I think I’ve found the perfect routine. The secret: a peachy corrector to counteract the purple tones, and a few thin layers rather than caking it on. You can see my undereye circles without makeup in the top left picture above. These photos are unedited so you can see the actual results, although you’ll have to pardon the lighting changes – darn cloudy weather.

Step 1: Put on your foundation. I used a beautyblender sponge to apply Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin in the shade 150 Buff. This is my favorite drugstore foundation, and I like that it is pretty liquid-y – great for buffing out evenly. The top right picture is foundation only.

Step 2: Pat a peach/pink based corrector under your eye gently, using your ring finger. I love the Bobbi Brown Corrector in the shade Light Peach. Peach counteracts the purple in my skin. If you have cooler skin and bluer undereye circles, you may want to use one with a slightly less orange base – Bobbi Brown offers these in a range of “Bisque” shades for that as well.

Step 3: Set everything with a translucent powder. Since the corrector is pretty thick, it’s important to set it to ensure that you don’t have a creasing issue later in the day. I used the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder, but any will work. You can see the result of just the foundation and the corrector in the bottom left picture.

Step 4: Apply a brightening concealer under the eye and in the corner of the eye socket. Getting that inside corner is the most important part! Nothing brightens up the face like lightening that corner of the eye and nose. I like to buff the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in beneath my eye with a small, sort of fluffy concealer/highlight brush like the MUFE #144. It just lightens everything up, and it covers up any of the corrector that looks unusually orange on my skin. I usually set this part separately with translucent powder as well.

You can see the final result in the bottom right picture. Pretty good, right? What do you guys use for concealing undereye circles? I’m always up for new suggestions!

  • Beauty by Catherine

    I’ve always thought about buying a makeup corrector, specifically for under my eyes as well. But I’m worried that the makeup will start to crease as the day goes on with all those products under my eyes hahaha

    • Haha I worried about that too, but I find that as long as I set it with powder a few times – usually right after the corrector, and then at the end when I’m done – it stays put!

  • Coco

    The setting powder looks so lovely x

  • I’ve always hated my dark circles, it’s so prominent and I try my hardest to hide them but even with foundation, it’s still there. Gahhh, still! This is such a helpful post! Thank you so much <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin’

  • I recently have been dotting the tiniest bit of the Maybellines fit me concealer on the inside corner of the eyes, and I’ve been loving the result!


  • This is such a helpful post! I love the Bobbi Brown Corrector, it’s a serious lifesaver for my dark circles. I also like the look of the NARS Concealer, so I may give that a try too. x

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