Having dark circles is probably one of the most frustrating issues I face on a daily basis. I was born with genetic dark circles so no matter how much rest I get I still have pesty hollowness accompanied by perpetual darkness under the eyes. Over the years I’ve accumulated makeup techniques to mask the appearance of them to look more brightened and awake; however, the underlying problems persist due to genetic factors.
In this blogpost I would like to show you guys how I conceal my dark circles using cosmetics and the holy grail products that I swear by. Later in the post I will include more in depth information provided by Dr. Ho Taghva from Lea Surgery in Newport Beach regarding dark circles and what are some ways we can look into to prevent and treat them both surgical and non-surgically.
|Concealer + Banana Powder|
Concealers are my best friend when it comes to hiding dark circles. Though I have perpetual circles under the eyes they are rather neutral, without any particular coloring to them. Most days they just look…well, dark. Some people have blue circles due to exposed capillaries while others have darker shades of brown/ black due to hyperpigmentation. For me I think I fall into the latter category with a combination of hyper pigmentation and genetic hollowness, creating more shadows that contribute to the darkness. My holy grail product when it comes to hiding dark circles and any blemishes in general is hands down Tarte Shape Tape. I use the shade light neutral which is a perfect fit for my skin tone. I then will set the under eye area with Ben Nye’s banana powder, the two make a dream team to perfectly conceal my dark circles.
|Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, Light Neutral, $27
Can be purchased from the Tate website or Ulta Beauty.
|Ben Nye Banana Powder, $13.50
Can be purchased at various online stores
Tarte Shape Tape is definitely full coverage and will hide just about anything ranging from discoloration to that overnight-grown cystic zit that you’re dreading. I’ve even used this to conceal scabs from tattoo removal and the final finish was more than satisfactory. Given it’s high coverage some people may find this product too cakey. But remember, a little goes a long way, and because of this one bottle of it will last a long time.
Although Shape Tape works wonderfully well for my annoying dark circles and other blemishes it definitely isn’t the most affordable option out there. But it’s your lucky day friends, I have four drugstore alternatives that fits the bill, albeit not exact dupes, but they are up there in performance along side the Shape Tape.
The first runner up is Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer, I use the shade Light Ivory. The shade range is rather limited and they all run a bit dark that’s why I use the lightest shade in the range rather than Light/ Medium. But aside from those shortcomings it is honestly a great concealer. It is less thick in consistency compared to Tarte Shape Tape, which makes this product a lot more wearable for some and the finish of it is satin matte. There is no noticeable scent, and best of all, it is so affordable at $3.99 a pop. Can’t beat that now, not for that price.
|Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer, Light Ivory, $3.99
Can be purchased from Wet n Wild’s website, Ulta or any drugstore
Next item is the HD Concealer Wand from NYX. This one also has great coverage, though a tad bit drier than the Wet n Wild one mentioned above. This product has a much better shade range, even including color correcting ones such as purple and green. If you have redness under the eyes, green would do well to counter that. And purple brightens darkness in general. One thing to note about the NYX Concealer Wand is that it could crease a bit if your under eye area isn’t properly moisturized, so make sure to double up on the moisturization while using this product.
|NYX HD Concealer Wand, Light, $4.99
Can be purchased from the NYX website, Ulta, or Target
The colorwheel is a great tool for deciding which shade of makeup to go in to conceal based on what the undertone of your circles are:
|Use Complementary Colors to decide how to color correct|
For instance, if I have really purple dark circles today I would go in with a yellower shade of concealer to conceal them.
Next item comes from Makeup Revolution and this one has been all the hype lately due to its resemblance to Tarte Shape Tape. However, from personal experience I can tell you the actual products are not the same. Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define is a bit more liquidy and the coverage is not as opaque as Tarte Shape Tape, but for almost a fourth of the price, it is definitely a great alternative. It also gives more of a satin finish with a medium high coverage. I like this one when my skin is doing well and it does not crease under the eyes.
|Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define, C6, $7.00
Can be purchased at Ulta or online on their website
Last but not least on the list would be the Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer. This one performs similarly to that of NYX’s HD Concealer Wand but I have some gripes with it. It has a strong floral fragrance, not the kind that’s pleasant either, and the shade range is…sad. There are three shades only on the Ulta website and same on Amazon. All three shades are extremely light, even for a pale person like me. I use the shade 010 and it’s a bit too light for me. Despite these issues it still is a good concealer in that it gives nice converage and has good lasting power. If you are pale, this could be a good one for you.
|Catrice Camouflage Concealer, 010, $5.99
Can be purchased from Ulta or Amazon
|Tarte Shape Tape, Wet n Wild, NYX, Makeup Revolution, Catrice|
Here’s a video of my demonstration on how exactly I apply my concealer along with the banana powder:
Now onto the fun science stuff of today’s topic!
I partnered up with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva from LEA Surgery, located in Newport Beach, to provide you guys with this segment. She is the doctor who performed my double eyelid surgery and I just adore her. Thank you Dr. Ho for taking the time out to bless us with your knowledge.
Basically there are five main categories of dark circles, and here are each of the five types, including prevention and surgical/ non-surgical methods to treat them: