How to conceal dark circles under eyes | Concealer tips

how to hide dark circles tutorial

There are two products, that I value more than others and those are the products, that I use to conceal my dark circles under eyes. Those eyebags may come handy on Halloween, but in every day life it’s pretty cool not to look tired. Concealing your dark circles makes the whole face look brighter, younger and healthier.

In this post I will show you how to conceal dark circles and I’ll give you some tips on using concealer on your eyes – hopefully you’ll learn something new here!

Before going to the tutorial – I need to go through some important things. The ABC of concealing dark circles:

  • A. Don’t forget to add concealer in the area shown in the photo. That is usually a very dark area (if not the darkest!), so make sure to bring your concealer all the way up.
  • B. This is the obvious problem area, that we are concealing. The dark circles. Here is where you apply most of the product. But you already knew this, if you have any problems with eye bags ’cause they create this shape (don’t worry, I know they’re chanel).

  •  C. But! What’s important here, is that you blend the concealer around (like shown in the photo), so that the line between your foundation and concealer isn’t visible. Don’t apply a ton of product to these little dots, but use what you already have (photo 2) and blend the edges. Make sure not to bring it too low – the idea is not to make your cheeks slump, which will happen if you bring the concealer too low in a V-shape (a mistake, that always caughts my eyes).

Then to the actual tutorial – here is how I currently hide my dark circles:

  1. First I use a darker peachy shade. I make sure to follow my rules and I bring it on my inner corner as well to hide that dark area there. This colour is purely to neutralize the blue and hide that darkness, so it doesn’t need to be blended around. Actually you want to keep this colour right where it belongs and pat it on. In other words – don’t follow the C-rule here.

2. Already looking better, the blue/dark is not that visible anymore. But we need to add more coverage and brighten this up so, let’s keep going.

3. Then I use a lighter concealer shade to give my dark circles even more coverage AND to brighten everything up. Here those ABC -rules come handy.

4. This may be optional, if your skin is dry and you feel like your concealer stays in place, but finally I set my concealer using a powder. I actually like to use a powder, that is also a concealer and offers that extra coverage. Then I’m all done!

Before after photo from when I was a brunette. I wanted to add these here, ’cause I really captured the difference that concealer makes! I think here I only used NARS Vanilla, but I layered it a bit. Nowadays I prefer using something peachy first and then a light concealer.

These are the products, that I use and feel like can’t live without:


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer * in two shades:
Custard (a darker peachy shade) and Vanilla (a bit lighter than my skintone). This concealer is creamy, easy to blend and it has an amazing coverage.

Everyday Minerals Multitasking Concealer
A mineral powder concealer. This reflects light beautifully and I also like to use this to highlight my face. There’s no shimmer on it or anything, it’s just a light-reflecting powder with the perfect shade for my complexion.

Beautyblender *
I apply my concealer always with this. I think it’s the best tool for this task. It’s also a winner for foundation and for powder too. Honestly, if you haven’t tried this magical makeup sponge yet, I urge you to.

Morphe brush M438
I apply the powder with this. It’s just the perfect shape for my eyes and the bristles are soft, so it’s gentle for my eye area.

+ Orange lipstick?

Sometimes, when my dark circles are super dark and super blue, I use a bit of orange lipstick under my concealer. Lipstick is great for dark circles – I recommend something, that’s not matte, so you get that creamy and nourishing feel on your skin. It’s great, if your skin is dry and you don’t want to add a ton of product under your eyes. With lipstick you need the tiniest amount, so you get a thin layer. If I do this, my combo is orange lipstick + NARS Vanilla on top.

And there’s that! What’s your favorite concealer?

Tips to flawless foundation application


Wrong way to do it – and the right way. The first picture also shows that the foundation shade is a bit too red for me – in the other picture I’m wearing a yellow-based shade, which is perfect.


Here is what the base looks like after foundation. It’s easy to see where you need the concealer, so apply it after foundation.


Here is the finished look.

Sometimes the most simple things seem to be the most problematic. For makeup enthusiastic foundation may really be easy and almost boring necessity but for beginners it can be overwhelming.  Why my foundation doesn’t blend? Why my foundation looks cakey? Am I doing it right? I decided to share my tips to flawless foundation application – maybe there’s something new for you to learn! I included photos of how not to apply foundation – and how it should be done.

Oh and if the question is: how to choose the right foundation? Check this post.

Tip number 1: Use a beautyblender. It really makes a difference. A moist makeup sponge makes the application a lot more easier. It blends the foundation onto the skin beautifully so you den’t get streaks. The water in the sponge blends and thins out the foundation so beautyblender actually also gives you a natural glowy sheer finish.  If you have normal or dry skin you can use a really wet sponge and if you’re oily you can just spray the sponge lightly with water ’cause you don’t need all that extra moisture.

Tip number 2: Apply thin layers. Start small. Take a little bit of foundation and blend it to the skin little by little rather than applying one thick layer. You can always apply more but it’s not as easy to take off excess foundation afterwards.  Thin layers don’t necessarily offer as much coverage as you’d like – but that’s what concealer is for! Concealers are usually very pigmented so they are perfect for any redness spots or dark under eye areas. Use a concealer.

Tip number 3: Show some skin. Don’t cover up everything. Your real skin can and should shine a bit through. It makes you look more natural and it looks better when wearing off. You can start the application on the center of your face: on the forehead, on the nose, on the cheeks and a bit on the chin. Start there and blend with circular motions. This way you get the most coverage on the center of your face – which is what people see when they look at you – and almost not any foundation on the sides of your face.

Tip number 4: Try mineral makeup. Mineral makeup offers an easy solution to all of these problems. It’s easy to apply with a brush and it gives you a nice coverage – you don’t even necessarily need a concealer. Mineral makeup reacts with your skin temperature and “melts” to your skin so it looks extremely natural and it also gives you a nice glow. Mineral makeup (depending on the brand) is also good for problematic skin. It lets your skin breathe and it doesn’t clog pores – actually it moisturizes, balances and protects it.

Some product recommendations

Affordable: Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude 25HR, Loreal Infallible 24-HR Matte, Maybelline Fit Me
In between: Paese matte&cover, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation
High end: Diorskin Forever Everlasting makeup, Clarins Everlasting foundation

Mineral makeup: Everyday Minerals (affordable), Jane Iredale (luxury)
Flower makeup: Zuii Organic (A flower-powder based foundation with some minerals in it)

For beautyblender I recommend getting the real deal. I know that there are some great dupes but there are also some not-so-great ones. With the original beautyblender you don’t have to guess.


This is what I wear on these pictures. I used Rimmel for the “wrong” demonstration and Clarins in the finished look. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade Vanilla & Joe Blasco Red Neutralizer.


Some of my favourites.