How to Conceal Under-Eye Circles

Expert advice from Pati Dubroff on how to make the right under-eye makeup moves. 

Written By Fiorella Valdesolo

Besides being extra sensitive — it is arguably the most delicate part of the face, after all — the under-eye area can also reveal sins like no other. Stress, dehydration, lack of sleep — they all have the potential to creep up as dark circles (a note: hereditary factors and bone structure also play a role for some), which, we can all agree, never make for a good accessory. But, in our desperation to mask them, many a mistake is often made. With that in mind, we asked makeup artist Pati Dubroff, who tends to an impressive roster of red-carpet regulars (Charlize Theron, Taylor Swift and Eva Mendes, among many others), to shed some light on how to properly attend to under-eye darkness.


THE SECRET TO UNDER-EYE CONCEALER

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PREP

“Concealing products just don’t stay put as well when it’s too slick. Apply eye cream at night and then first thing in the a.m. so it has time to settle in; then when doing makeup just leave that area be.”

— PATI DUBROFF, MAKEUP ARTIST

SK-II  SKIN SIGNATURE EYE CREAM

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CAMOUFLAGE

“I will use a touch of foundation under eyes first and then a concealer; I prefer the type in a brush wand because too-dense formulas under the eye can look cakey and therefore be aging. Both should be tapped on gently with a ring finger or brushed very sparingly on the darkest area and the outer corner. To find the right concealer shade for you match the fairest tone on the neck. Make sure that the undertone of the concealer is the same undertone as skin, but, most important, don’t go too pale and never darker than the neck tone.”

— PATI DUBROFF, MAKEUP ARTIST

BY TERRY TOUCH-EXPERT ADVANCED MULTI-CORRECTIVE CONCEALER BRUSH 2 NUDE

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HIGHLIGHT

“Highlighter can help, but only a touch on the inner corner. Avoid sparkly or frosty shadow that looks like a spotlight; it’s so dated. I prefer to use matte or velvet shadows in bone or skin tones to brighten corners. I will also use it under the lash line to frame lashes, brighten and help mattify the area to prevent raccoon eyes.”

— PATI DUBROFF, MAKEUP ARTIST

M·A·C EYE SHADOW ORB

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