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Your Guide to Covering Up Dark Circles!

This is a guest blog by HC Approved! Editorial Intern Annie Maguire for Chrissy’s Beauty School

Late night partying and all-night study sessions have you looking tired? From drugstore cheap to expensive chic, I’m here to give you the low-down on under eye concealers! I have reviewed my top 3 favorite under eye foundations with the pro’s and con’s of each and have included some tips on how to get the best coverage for your dark circles!

Drugstore Cheap

Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes

  • Where you can find it: CVS, Walgreens, and other drugstores
  • Price: The price ranges but averages around $9

This product is a great find for the price because you will get great coverage that lasts for a while without squeezing your wallet too much.

  • Pro’s: Goes on fairly smooth and looks fresh/bright throughout the day. If you are only using a few dots, it is perfect for touch-ups and brightening up your eye area.
  • Con’s: If you are using it for FULL eye coverage, it can get dry and you may end up reapplying it at some point during the day. When applying, avoid getting this concealer in your eyes because it can irritate and make them red!

Middle of the Road

Lancome Effacernes Concealer

  • Where you can find it: Lancome beauty counter in department stores, online
  • Price: $28.50

I really love this product. I have used a ton of concealers and find this one to be just as good as any really expensive product. There are 10 colors to choose from so it is easy to find your shade!

  •  Pro’s: Goes on VERY smooth, looks fresh all day, waterproof (so it is basically sweat proof), and the price is reasonable, especially for such a great product. Skin stays moisturized and doesn’t become cakey/show lines.
  •  Con’s: For the price, I think the tube should be bigger with more product.

Expensive Chic

Amazing Cosmetics Concealer

  • Where you can find it: Sephora, online
  • Price: $42

This product lives up to it’s name: it is AMAZING! Yes, it is pricey, but one tube lasted me two years! This product is highly concentrated/pigmented, waterproof and a dot of the makeup goes a long way.

  • Pro’s: goes on smooth, and stays fresh ALL day. A dab of this concentrated formula will give you full coverage for your entire eye and your skin will stay fresh and moisturized all day, no cakey residue at all! It is also great for zits; a dot will cover up a zit completely, no more redness. The consistency is thicker and tackier than the others which is what provides you with such great coverage. You will not be disappointed if you buy this makeup!
  • Con’s: obviously the price is a factor because it is the most expensive, but again it lasts a long time because it is so concentrated! Make sure you set this makeup with a loose powder because it is so moisture-rich it can leave makeup lines on your eyelid.

Tips for Applying Concealer

1. Touch-ups/light coverage (not-so-dark under eye circles):

Squeeze a small amount of product onto your pointer finger and dot along the skin under your eye. Be sure to blend the product up to your bottom lash-line and out into your cheekbones. To avoid harsh lines on your face, use a moisturizer to blend the product into your skin, try Cetaphil moisturizer, $6.39 at CVS. Don’t forget to dab some concealer in the inner corner of your eye since it is the darkest part of the eye. Make sure to set the concealer by dusting a translucent powder over your eyes like Maybelline Mineral Powder, $8 at CVS and other drugstores. This will keep the makeup in place, looking fresh and stop it from creasing throughout the day.

2. Full coverage (darker under eye circles):

Squeeze a good amount of product onto your pointer finger and begin blending the makeup from the inner corner of your eye, up to your bottom lash line and out to the outer corner of your eye. Once blended, begin applying the concealer to your upper eyelid and blend all the way up to the brow. Makeup should be smoothed out and blended before setting it with a loose translucent powder.

Finish off the look by dusting your entire face with a light powder foundation like Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil, $19 online or at Sephora.

By covering your dark circles, you are not only opening up and brightening your eyes, but you are priming your skin for other makeup like eye shadow and eyeliner; both will go on smoothly and will stick to your skin much better!

Annie Maguire is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut with a degree in psychology and a minor in business administration. During her senior year Annie worked as a reporter for ESPN's Campus Connection Show, was featured in the Campus Girls 2010 Calendar Girls of the Big East, worked as an editorial writer for UConn's newspaper, the Daily Campus, and is a sister in the Alpha Phi sorority, Iota Lambda chapter. Annie is working as an editorial intern for Her Campus Media as well as a social media/marketing intern for Purple Lab Cosmetics in NYC. Annie loves reading, writing and music as well as everything beauty-related! If she's not writing or reading a new book, you can catch her watching Friends on DVD or a Sex & the City re-run. Annie hopes to one day be an E! News host, so watch out Giuliana!
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