The Right Way to Cover Up Dark Circles

Rachel Krause

Concealing dark circles is high on our list of beauty priorities. After all, sometimes artfully placed concealer is the only thing standing between us and looking like we’ve been awake for days (or alive for an additional ten years). And while we hate to be the bearer of bad news—really, we do—there’s a not unlikely chance that the way you’ve been going about concealing the area could be way less effective than you think.

Think of it this way: the purplish shadows beneath our eyes run in a kind of half-moon shape, but they can extend pretty far down into the cheek from the inner corners. When you apply concealer just beneath the eye, you only cover up some of that area, which means you’re not addressing all of the darkness. Concealing only directly beneath the eye can actually call attention to undereye circles, because you’re leaving residual darkness behind rather than eliminating it entirely.

Instead, we’d like to introduce you to a new approach. The “triangle method” is beloved by makeup artists and regular girls alike, and for good reason: It’s a total game changer. Rather than dot concealer directly beneath the eye, you create an inverted triangular shape that points down toward your cheek, running parallel to your nose, with the other angle extending up and out to the outer corner. It brightens and conceals the entire area and creates the illusion of a lifted, more youthful, more wide awake eye area.

From start to finish, here’s how we do: after applying our usual foundation, we first create the triangle with an optical brightener like Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen, which uses slightly pinkish tones to counteract darkness. We use our ring finger to pat and blend until the brightener is virtually invisible, then we go in with our usual undereye concealer to create the triangular shape again. Brightener is a must for illuminating the area, but they tend to be a bit reflective and even shimmery, which is why we follow up with a good concealer—it won’t quite mattify, but it’ll leave a more natural finish.

We’re religious about the next step, which is dusting a thin layer of translucent powder over the area to eliminate attention-grabbing shine. And with that, you’re left with a perfectly brightened, concealed undereye area that guarantees nobody will comment on how tired you look ever again, all thanks to a triangle. We knew our mediocre geometry skills would pay off eventually.

Read more from Daily Makeover: The 5 Rules of Covering Dark Circles