Putting on concealer over dark circles sounds simple enough—you swipe it on, blend it with a brush or your fingers, and you're done. But if you want your makeup work to be seamless, there's more to it than those basic steps. No worries, the technique is still uncomplicated enough to master on your own!
According to makeup artist Nikki Wolff, the most common concerns for concealing dark circles are: preventing creasing and making concealer last all day. She has three big tips for this, and they're super simple!
1. Don't put foundation under your eyes.
To prevent caking and creasing, Nikki recommends concealing after foundation. She says to avoid putting foundation under the eyes as well, so your skin doesn't have to hold too much product throughout the day.
If anything, your undereye base should be a color corrector that can hide any discoloration before concealer. Something with a peachy undertone should do the trick!
2. Apply concealer over the darkest areas only.
When you have dark eyebags, it's incredibly tempting to apply product over every inch of them. But putting concealer too close to the eye, Nikki says, is why the product tends to crease and fade quicker throughout the day. "The skin around our eyes is so thin, so we want to keep the concealer on the areas that are the darkest," she explains.
In her tutorial, the makeup artist applied a thin of layer of undereye corrector first to color-correct any blues in the area. Then, she dotted a bit of concealer only over the outer rings of the model's dark circles to remove the shadow there. Now all you have to do is blend and you're halfway done!
3. Set your work with powder.
Powder is also key in preventing your undereye concealer from wrinkling. Nikki suggests dipping a small brush into some loose powder and gently pressing it over the skin to set the concealer. This will lock the makeup in place without making the area look too dry and cakey.
See the finished look below!