How to conceal dark circles under eyes


Nothing makes you look older and more tired than dark circles under your eyes. Professional makeup artist Vinnetta Scrivo shows you how to conceal them.

How to conceal dark circles under eyes
  1. Apply pink/peach base concealer with either a brush or your finger.
  2. Start in the corner of your eye and work your way down, getting as close to the eyelash line as possible.
  3. Press in the concealer with your finger using very little pressure (Do not pull or smear).
  4. Using the eye brightener, begin in the corner of your eye and work your way down where the darkness occurs, gently patting in the brightener with your finger.
  5. Using your brush, dab the powder from the corner of the eye down to set the concealer.
  6. Use a white pencil on the inside of the eye just above the lower eyelashes to take away the redness and make the eyes pop.

Hi, I’m Vinnetta Scrivo for howdini and I am going to show you today how to get rid of dark circles under your eyes.  So we have our model Liesel over here, and I’m going to demonstrate on Liesel a few techniques on how to cover dark circles.

Some of the reasons why we have dark circles is lack of circulation and dehydration. Whatever the reason is, there is a way to cover it and I’m going to show you that right now.

What I suggest for Liesel, and for anyone who has darkness under the eye, is using a pink or peach-based concealer. Pink or peach takes away that bluish tone to the skin.
So what we are going to do is, I’m going to use a brush; it’s perfectly fine to use your fingertip, but I like to use a brush on my model. So look up for me, Liesel, and you’re going to get into the inner corner of the eye; it’s a very important area to cover and to not forget, because we do have a little vein inside that area that tends to be a little bluish. We want a nice, clean look, so we’re also going to continue on down and get as close to the lash line as you can.

Now, if you are using your fingertip, the actual warmth of your fingertip helps to sort of melt the product. So just be sure to press in the product. Never pulling or sweeping, because you’re just going to move the product around. So it’s really important just to press.  You want to be able to treat this area very delicately. The skin is very thin around the eye, so we want to use very little pressure when you are using your fingertips.

That looks so nice, and it gives an instant clean look: especially on the inside going out.

So, next we are going to use an eye brightener. Opposed to a concealer, you can use these in conjunction with each other. A brightener has an illuminating effect, bringing light to that area; and it really takes away any darkness or puffiness as well. So this is Laura Mercier brightener, which I love, and it has a little brush; and what you do is go right to the inner corner of the eye, and you want to pat that in, and just look up for me, Liesel; and continue on down where that darkness occurs. You don’t have to go all the way out. This has a beautiful peach base to it, and it has a little bit of light reflection, a little bit of illumination, which is very pretty in that area of the eye. So we are just going to pat that in very gently.

So, we’re going to follow that with a little bit of powder, and I have a little brush here that I love to use for powder; you’re just going to dab that in. And this sets the concealer so it will last you all day. That looks very nice. Okay, great!

Another nice trick you can use is using a white pencil. Iridescent or matte is fine. Right on the inside of the eye, we want to take away that redness. So white will counteract that, and it will also bring whiteness to the whites of the eyes and really make the eyes pop, and that will help with the dark circles as well. Oh, that’s pretty.

Well, there we go. We’re finished with Liesel. If you have the right tools, you can really achieve this look. You need the right concealer, with a pink or peach base, and you also need a brightener — an illuminator and a little bit of powder and a little white pencil on the inside of the eye. That will give you this look.

And I think you look great, Liesel. I’m Vinnetta Scrivo for howdini.

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  • Vinnetta Scrivo

    Vinnetta Scrivo Makeup Artist Vinnetta Scrivo’s natural flair for makeup, eyebrows and hair styling has earned her success in the editorial, television, music, bridal and fashion worlds.
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