All The Ways You’re Using Under-Eye Concealer Wrong

by Stephanie Montes

Sometimes even a full night’s rest can’t cure those dark circles—that’s why we have concealer. But unless you’re doing it right, you can end up making the area under your eyes look worse. We’re here to help. Ahead, all the major concealer mistakes you might be making, plus how to correct them and put your freshest face forward (no matter how much sleep you actually got).

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The Eyes Have It

You're Using The Wrong Shade

Concealer should be the same color as your foundation—it's meant to hide your dark circles, not highlight them.

You're Making Fine Lines Look Worse

If your concealer is too thick, it can look caked-on and settle deeply into fine lines, which is the opposite of what you want. To lighten the formula, mix cream concealer with a lightweight moisturizer and dab it directly on your dark circles.

You're Not Color-Correcting

For those with prominent dark circles, a regular concealer doesn't always do the trick. Before applying foundation and concealer, neutralize discoloration with a color-correcting product. See our guide below for choosing the right one.

Green: Neutralizes dark circles that have a red tint.

Yellow: Instantly brightens dark pigmentation under the eyes.

Pink: Tones down blue or purple-hued circles.

Purple: Covers up yellow spots under the eyes.

You're Not Applying It With Your Finger

The best tool for applying your under-eye concealer is your ring finger. The warmth of your hands will emulsify the product and help it blend.

You're Not Setting Properly

Set your concealer (especially under the eyes) with a loose powder—otherwise it will rub off easily. This also prevents it from settling into creases.