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How to Cover Dark Circles with Concealer

Most of us arenít born with perfect skin. Our complexions are often uneven in tone or we have blemishes of one kind or another. For some, there are dark circles under the eyes. Others may have discoloration. Thankfully, these imperfections can be covered with makeup.

Foundation can go a long way to even the skin tone. For discoloration, some women may need a color-correcting product. But for dark circles, concealer is a great option. Itís enough to effectively cover these small imperfections and is readily available at drug stores, cosmetics stores, department stores, and online.

Concealers come in liquid form or as a cream. Some come in small pots, while others are available in tubes. Some products come with a built-in sponge-tip applicator.

How to Apply Concealer to Cover Dark Circles

First, apply any skin care products used in the eye area to properly-cleansed skin. Once thatís finished, you have a couple of options when it comes to choosing a method of application. If your concealer comes with an applicator, great! If not, you may prefer to use a concealer brush or clean fingertips.

Apply a small amount of concealer only to the dark circles themselves, not the surrounding skin. That way, the dark circles will blend in with your natural skin tone. If you apply concealer to the entire under-eye area, it will lighten the entire area to be sure. But there will still be a noticeable distinction between the now somewhat lighter dark circle and surrounding skin.

Blending Concealer

First, allow the concealer to sit on the skin for a moment. This will warm it up, making it easier to blend. Tap the concealer into the skin with clean fingertips, a Beauty Blender, or a cosmetic sponge. Tap the skin, donít rub or pull. The skin in the eye area is delicate. Repeated rubbing and pulling could increase the look of aging in the eye area.

Concealer should not be noticeable once blended. Examine the area to make sure the concealer is undetectable to the naked eye.

Some women like to set concealer with a powder. But, if you have fine lines or wrinkles in the eye area, skip it. It could end up emphasizing these flaws.

Thatís all there is to it! Once youíve applied concealer, you dark circles should not be visible or they should appear significantly diminished. For some, concealer isnít enough, though. Those with severe under-eye discoloration should consider a color-correcting product. For most women, though, applying concealer should do the trick.

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