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How to Apply Concealer (Because Dark Circles Suck)


While you might not be able to get enough sleep to help make your skin looks its best, we can all certainly fake it when we apply concealer! And this is way easier than you might think! 

A woman with beautiful undereye concealer.

Dark circles are the worst! Thanks to my allergies, my under-eye circles can only be described as aggressive.

So the last time my friend and makeup artist, Yara, came over, I had her show me how to apply concealer to the under-eye area.

From time to time, Yara shares her makeup artist expertise with me.

You may remember that I previously posted an easy fall makeup look and a fresh face look for busy moms.

Low Maintenance Tutorials

While I’m girly, I’m pretty low maintenance and definitely don’t feel confident in my makeup skills. So I had Yara show me the right way to apply concealer.

My intent with these makeup tutorials is to help you, the everyday moms, learn a little more about makeup application. Hopefully, they will help you.

Because I really don’t love to be in photos (I HATE my skin). Especially the before pictures.

An image of a blanket and candle with text over that talks about beauty secrets.

What You’ll Need to Apply Your Concealer

Best concealers for dark circles.

Not only will you apply concealer to hide your dark circles, but you will also use a color corrector. And while you don’t need to use a concealer brush (fingers work just fine!) it does help.

The products Yara used on me are:

How to use concealer to cover dark eye circles.

LOOK AT HOW DARK THOSE CIRCLES ARE! I think this is the same before picture I used in another tutorial. I don’t rush to take a ton of before photos. But I wanted you all to see what I’m working with so you know there is no trickery in the photos. Yara knows what she’s talking about!

How to Apply Concealer

From Yara, of Nixey Artistry:

To start, use a really good serum or eye cream for hydration.

How to use concealer to cover dark eye circles.

If you have dark circles, you’ll want to also use a good color corrector. Armani and Bobbi Brown have good ones that help cut out darkness, and usually are peach in tone. Just a small amount is all you need! 

Makeup artist applying color corrector to the undereye area.

With your finger or a brush, blend out the corrector, making sure to go into the inner corner of the eye. 

Applying a few dots of concealer to the undereye area.

Follow with your favorite concealer. It should be 1/2 lighter than your skin tone to brighten your eyes a bit.

The Maybelline FiT Me line has an array of colors that make it pretty easy to find the perfect one for your skin (and they are around $7!)…apply a few dots like shown in the photo. 

The best way to apply concealer.

Blend with your finger or brush. If you like, you can set the makeup under the eye area by using Laura’s Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.

Blending with an undereye concealer brush.

Repeat on the other eye.

Dark circles and how to apply concealer correctly.

Boom! SO much better than the before, right? When Yara does my makeup, she always starts with the eyes. That way, if there is any excess shadow that falls under the eye, you can clean that up before you put on the concealer. 

Makeup artist putting on lipstick.

And, of course, we finish up the loop with Holliegirl Cupcake Kiss

Creating an easy mom makeup look.

Learning how to apply concealer isn’t as daunting as it seems! I generally skip the color corrector unless I am really getting myself ready to go somewhere where I want to appear professional or like I didn’t just roll out of bed.

God bless concealer. AmIright?

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Images for this post by Zumbado Photography

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This post was originally published on August 22, 2017, and has now been updated for clarity.

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  1. I’ve been following your super blog since I found your helpful post on Mohs–which I’m having next week. So…question…is the pic in the white shirt before or after the Mohs? I don’t see any sort of scar. (Please say after and there’s no more scar. :) )

    1. Hi Carol! Thank you so much for reading! You are going to do GREAT next week! However you react to it is the right way. Just remember that. I’m a crier. :) Yes, this is after Mohs. I had Mohs in 2013.There is def still a scar but it is not very noticeable. It’s not raised at all which is awesome. I’m not sure how they will do your stitches but after I had mine out and went back for a check up the doctor told me to gently massage the scar to help continue to break down the scar tissue so it wouldn’t be raised. I think that really helped but don’t do that until you are pretty healed! Also, make sure you put sunscreen on it, especially right after your procedure is done (or stay out of the sun like we are supposed to :) ). Let me know how it goes!! XO Good luck!

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