The Real Scoop on Under-Eye Bags

For as long as I have been in the beauty industry, the number-one complaint I hear from women of all ages, shapes, sizes and nationalities is that they just can't cover those under-eye bags!  We all know them, and let's admit, most of us have them.  Here is a go-to-guide about everything under-eye, and how to conceal properly.

If you have a blue-ish tint...

In this case, use a color-corrector.  I see a lot of confusion about the color correction fad that is swarming the beauty industry, but the most important color-corrector in my opinion is peach or orange concealer.  Peach concealer (either mixed or underneath your regular concealer) will help to conceal shades of blue under your eyes and thus brighten and get rid of the appearance of dark circles.  My two favorites are the Makeup Forever Camouflage Cream Pot in Peach and the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, which you can either mix into your regular concealer or use stand-alone.  (If using stand-alone make sure to layer your regular concealer on top, think thin layers, to color-correct, and then conceal.)

If you have crow's feet and/or cakeyness...

Use an eye cream ladies!  Those small stubborn wrinkles that rear their ugly heads are most of the time due to aging, sun exposure, etc. and can be improved by simply adding hydration.  Dark circles, puffiness and other under-eye problems are also due to a lack of hydration so once an eye-cream is used this will improve as well.  If your under eye is properly moisturized, this will not only help the appearance of fine lines over time, but it will also help your concealer sit better and prevent cakey-ness.  My favorite is the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream.  Have a blue-ish tint as well?  Use your eye-cream and than color corrector before your regular concealer.

If you aren't sure how to apply the concealer...

Concealer first, and then foundation second.  A main issue I see if that a lot of women use their concealer before their foundation- If we think about this logically, that just takes the concealer and swipes it away as soon as we bring the foundation on (using our foundation brushes I assume!).  Make sure to layer a thin layer of foundation first (something lightweight like a BB or CC cream works as well, and the use your concealer with a concealer brush or sponge for the best results.  Make sure to set with a loose translucent powder!

And lastly, to achieve the best results, combine the three tips above.  Think Eye Cream, Color Corrector, and then Concealer, and then get ready to say bye-bye to those under-eye circles!