The Concealer Trend You Need to Avoid If You Really Want to Hide Dark Circles

The difference is undeniable!
Publish date:
May 26, 2015

My face is the kind of face that will always have under-eye bags. It’s a genetic thing, worsened by the fact that I am always doing a million things at once and never end up getting quite the amount of sleep I need.

While I’ve given up on getting rid of them, I’m not quite at the stage where I can embrace them.

Concealer has never been capable of covering them up, or so I thought. I was doing everything I’d learned from YouTube: a lighter shade of concealer, drawn in a triangle under my eyes.

Then I went to makeup school and had a massive duh moment. Darker colours recede and lighter colours advance, so slathering a lighter shade of concealer all over my under-eye area was drawing attention to it.

I should have realised this already. I kind of did—I just didn’t think too much about how simple the solution is: to put concealer the exact matching shade to my skin, only in the areas that need it.

I figured I better do a comparison to show what a difference this makes. I mean, no concealer is going to smooth away my eye bags completely, but what I’m seeing is a reduction from Mary Poppins-scale magic carpet bag to, like, novelty miniature backpack.

On my right/your left, I’ve got a small amount of concealer applied right under my eye. I used the concealer shade in the Australis Concealer/Corrector palette. To be honest it doesn’t have the nicest consistency, but it was the best match for my current skin tone in my stash.

On my left/your right, I applied the NARS Pure Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla in traditional Kardashian Kontour style.

Even blended in with a brush, this shade is more calling attention to the uneven terrain under my left eye than hiding it.

I can understand how this technique looks awesome on those people with perfect flat planes underneath their eyes. I am not one of those people, however, and I don’t think I’ve ever put makeup on anyone else whose face is truly cut out for the technique.

On the other side, however, it’s a different story, and I know the angle of the photo isn’t quite the same, but I still think there’s a significant difference. Where the other picture was all “check out my under-eye bags,” in this one they’re not even a feature. With this concealer, no one is going to be asking me if I’m tired.

I feel like I got so overwhelmed with brightening concealers and ~radiance boosting~ highlighting pens that are so on-trend at the moment that I forgot you can just use regular old concealer under the eyes. And that it actually works pretty darn well.

  • Which concealer method do you prefer, highlight or colour-match?
  • Or do you just embrace the circles and bags?