How To Hide Hereditary, Dark Under-Eye Circles
Posted on June 23rd, 2021
Have you had dark circles under your eyes for as long as you can remember?
Chances are they're hereditary and not from environmental factors. 

The difference is that if they're not hereditary, you could 'fix' them through getting better sleep, eating more greens and keeping the eyes hydrated as a few general examples. 

However, for some of us, it is just something we learn to live with. 

Whilst I am an advocate for loving our features and what makes you 'you', I do believe that it's fun to dress ourselves up for the day and to feel extra confident. 

I understand the frustration of doing your makeup and layering on the foundation, only to still see your dark under eyes peeping through - especially if you have fair skin. 

Here are my top tips to help you feel confident with some bright, under eyes.
Makeup by me on a past client with hereditary dark under eye circles.
Here is an overview of the steps you want to take and then I will break it down:

1. Skin prep (eye cream)
2. Corrector
3. Concealer
4. Foundation
5. Powder

If you would like to ensure you get all of this right and have me personally guide you through this process step-by-step-by-step, you can get my Hide Dark Under Eyes - Tutorial Capsule, here.
Step 1: Prep Under Eyes With An Eye Cream
Using an eye cream on it's own will never fix dark under-eye circles that are hereditary, they just won't. However, when used as a base before the makeup, they certainly do assist.

This is the eye cream I have been personally using this year and it's quickly become a staple item in my routine. 

How it works is in 2 main ways. 

1. The yellow tone in the eye cream is adding colour correction to help brighten the dark circles (more on that below)
2. The ultra-hydration is firming the under eyes to be able to 'handle' all of the makeup we are about to put under the eyes and it will help avoid creasing. 

You can get it here.
Step 2: Apply Corrector (Product)
Correct is kinda like concealer - in fact, they look pretty much the same. 
They just have slightly different purposes. 

A 'normal' concealer is designed to cover blemishes/colour which is why we say it gives us 'coverage'.

Whereas, the corrector product is not designed to give coverage. Instead, it's purpose is to take out the blue/purple colour under our eyes which is what we call 'correcting'. 

Which kinda is like taking you to square 1 - getting under your eyes to the same (or close enough) colour as the rest of your face. 

That's why correctors have the colour orange in them, because that's the cool science behind the colour wheel - orange onto blue cancels out the colour all together. 

Anyway! That's as technical as I am going to get here, but, I hope that has given an easy explanation on what this orange product thing is and why you need it. 

The reason you don't see it often is because it's not a staple item like a foundation, it's more of a 'next level' product for those, like you my friend, who have dark under eyes circles and need some extra help. 

The final thing to note is that orange correctors also come in light-dark shades just like foundations. If you have pale skin, I recommend a really light peach, medium skin colour, an orange corrector and if you have dark skin, a rich red corrector. 

A brand I like is L.A Girl Cosmetics for these correctors. Click for the right shades fair-light, tanned-medium, dark-deep
Step 3: Apply Foundation
The next step you would do in your makeup routine is your foundation. However, it actually isn't technically a part of this process. 

I just wanted to put it here so you know where foundation fits into it, but, do not actually put any foundation directly under your eyes. 

The reason is because your under eyes are a very thin bit of skin, so we want to go for quality over quantity. 

This means that we don't put heaps of different products under our eyes for the sake of it. But, be really intentional with what we do put there. 

Foundation is designed for the face and not for under the eyes. So, just leave the under eyes for the big guys (corrector and concealer) so you're only using what is necessary and keeping it free from product overload. 
Step 4: Apply Concealer
Next is your concealer. As mentioned above, the corrector only cancelled out the bluey-purpley tones under the eyes. 

We then want to add the coverage and brighten. To add the brightness element, you want to pick a concealer shade that is 1-2 shades brighter than your foundation. 

You can click here to shop the concealer I use - it is very full coverage without creasing or drying out the under eyes. They also have a wide range of shades. 
Step 5: Apply Powder
Finally, we don't want our hard work to go down the drain and just melt right off. It's important to lightly set the under eyes with a translucent setting powder (don't worry, it's translucent, it's just putting it on lock-down and not adding more coverage). 

My favourite product for this is the Laura Mercier one as shown above, or, if you have either really dry skin or mature aged skin and are conscious of serious creasing, this is a great powder By Terry Hyaluronic Powder
Want Me To Personally Walk You Through These Steps In A Tutorial?
I've got a limited time, in-depth tutorial on these steps to hide your dark under eye's and achieve your bright-eye dreams. 

We get into the nitty-gritty such as how to blend in the corrector and the concealer, what brush, what hand movement, what pressure etc. so that you can do this with no doubts or confusion. 

Plus, with the purchase of the tutorial, you will receive a free bonus valued at $29 - a workbook to take notes and a product list of everything I use in the tutorial. 

You'll also receive help on how to pick the right shades for your skin colour in the products. 

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