Archive | September, 2015

UNDER EYE CIRCLES: To Correct or Conceal? That is the Question.

15 Sep


To correct or conceal? That really is a trick question. It all depends on your needs. I personally have very dark circles under my eyes so I first correct, then conceal. To be more precise, I apply eye cream, color corrector, apply foundation to the entire face (or as needed) and then conceal. When I’m running low on time I just use my corrector.

As a makeup artist, you learn new tips and tricks all the time. One of the biggest problems that a lot of people face is dark under eye circles. Many people think the only way to get rid of them is to use concealer. It makes sense; the word is in the name. If you want to conceal, then why not use concealer? While concealer does help, it can also make you look worse or not necessarily work the way you want it to.

The darkness of your under eye circles and darkness of your skin will determine what color your corrector needs to be. It could be a range from a light peachy color to a rusty orange color. I know what you’re thinking, “why will peachy or orangey colors work?” This brings us to the color wheel. When you apply a peachy color to a bluish brownish under eye circle it cancels it out because they are opposites on the color wheel.


Complimentary colors or opposite colors cancel each other out, bringing you to a neutral base.

The picture below has not been altered in any way, while the lighting is slightly different in every picture, you can get the idea.


This shows the power of a color corrector and what the benefits are to using both a corrector and a concealer.

Products I swear by:

Tarte CC undereye corrector

Tarte Creaseless Concealer with maracuja

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Makeup Forever Anticernes Tenseur Life Concealer (this is more of a color corrector)

Origins Ginzing Eyecream


Here is what the box and product look like for the Tarte under eye Color Corrector.

Some brands to check out that have excellent correctors are Bobby Brown, Viseart, and Tarte. I would especially suggest Viseart to makeup artists because they sell a palette with every kind of corrector, including green to get rid of redness!

If you have any questions send me a message or leave a comment.

Theresa Burden, NC Makeup Artist