Here’s the deal. If you only have dark circles, you can apply a concealer that is a half shade lighter than your foundation to the under-eye area and be good to go. But… if you have dark circles and puffy “bags,” you’re actually making things look worse!
Remember back in Art class: One of the first things we studied was dimensions and we learned that if you shade something with a darker color, it will “push” it to the background, like it’s further away. On the contrary, if you paint with a lighter shade, it “pulls” that area to the foreground, making it appear closer. We can apply that theory here!
Here’s the trick: Under-eye shadows need a lighter shade to bring them forward. Puffy bags are already in the foreground and need to be pushed back, which is why you want a slightly darker shade. A lighter shade will bring them even more forward, making them look puffier! That’s the last thing you need!
- A Correcting Pen: I used Tom Ford’s Correcting Pen on Lexie above because it really brightens without creasing. I also love this mediumly-priced one and this budget-friendly one. Pick one that is a half shade lighter than your foundation.
- A Liquid Concealer: I used Tom Ford’s Concealing Pen because it has the perfect amount of pigmentation while being incredibly thin. Also try this mediumly-priced one and this budget-friendly favorite. Choose one that is a half a shade darker than your foundation.
- After applying foundation all over the face and neck, look in the mirror and focus your eye to only see the dark area. This is not the puffy area! This is the area that is darker and most likely closest to your nose or under the puffy “bag”. Trace the correcting pen over the dark area to lighten it up.
- Now notice only the part that is puffy and raised. Apply the liquid concealer in the slightly darker shade directly on top of it.
- Blend with your finger by tapping it instead of smearing it.
- Continue tapping as you move across.