A Pro Trick for Concealing Dark Circles

November 7, 2011 | By | Comments (12)

I know I’ve shared with all of you my personal battle with dark circles. The truth is that sometimes a good night’s sleep just isn’t enough. So in times of need, I turn to my makeup bag for revival: concealer. The other day, I sat down with makeup artist Kimara Ahnert, and I picked her brain for the best way to instantly brighten eyes.

Kimara has been working in the beauty industry for 20 years, has her own store (with spa treatments) in New York City, and a collection of makeup and skin-care products. While helping me re-create my everyday look for work, she shared some tricks on applying concealer. It’s amazing how the right technique can make such huge a difference.

These are her quick tips:

Always apply your primer, shadow, liner, and mascara before applying your under-eye concealer. If you place cover-up first, you will end up with a dark residue mixed in. This way you can first take a cotton swab (dabbed with makeup remover) and wipe any makeup that may have smudged.

Do use a brush to blend the formula (cream or liquid) into hard-to-reach places, like under your bottom lashes and the inner corners. This will help you achieve a smooth, flawless look.

Spread your concealer all the way to the inner arch of your nose, to where your brows start. This will truly awaken your eyes, lightening the eye area to avoid an unwanted shadow.

Since meeting with Kimara I’ve been doing these three steps, and they take only as much time as my previous routine–which was just patting on concealer with my fingertip. I had never used a brush before, but I’ve noticed it makes such a difference.

How do you apply your concealer? Fingertips? Brush? Straight from the tube or stick? Share your tips and tricks below!