In the past I’ve discussed the science behind using color correctors to effectively hide dark circles under your eyes. Some of you are lucky and can just use a concealer but then there’s the rest of us. All of us who are on a never ending quest to effectively our hide dark circles. I’m with the rest of you and I’m really unfortunate because my dark circles are genetic. I’ve been told by medical professionals that no creams or treatments can eliminate the dark circles I have. Lucky for you, this means I’m out there trying every color corrector available and sharing the details!
Hide Dark Circles Using Color Correcting Techniques
Let’s just say, I have a big collection of color correcting products. Many of them are adequate but the problem is I can only put so much product under my eyes before if starts to look cakey. Heavier products can settle into fine lines and it’s looks awful. I effectively hide dark circles but create an entirely new issue with making the fine lines stand out. I’ve looked into the rear view mirror of my car pulling out of the driveway, see my makeup in natural light, and pull my car right back into the garage for repairs! Read my post about the secrets behind color correcting so you understand the fundamental concepts of the technique and why it’s necessary in some cases.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner
Lately, to avoid product build I’ve been using a Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner in color 18C to hide dark circles. Believe it or not, this works really well. It creates an orange tinged stain that is easy to cover with foundation and concealer and does a good job of hiding the bluish tint. I like it because it is not pasty or creamy so I don’t have another layer of product on the thin delicate skin under my eyes. This doesn’t look cakey or heavy once you have all your makeup on. If you have a lip liner similar in color to the one I’m using, give it a try! My skin is a medium tone so I use oranges and corals to color correct. If you have fair skin or yellow undertones, pink shades may work better for you.
Giorgio Armani Master Corrector
I have a new product to share with you that I purchased and have been impressed with. The Giorgio Armani Master Corrector. I am using number 2 which is orange. Number 1 is pink. Armani says the formula is available in four shades but I have yet to see 3 and 4 anywhere and they aren’t on the company website. That’s fine because for the majority of skin tones, one of these the two shades is going to work for you. What I love about this product is the deep pigmentation. Too many color correctors don’t contain enough orange or pink to cancel the blue under my eyes. Armani nailed it on the pigmentation. The Armani Corrector also has a tiny brush as an applicator. This is excellent because you can apply the product with precision and easily target other areas where you have some extra pigmentation you may want to hide. The formula is very thin. It’s not watery but it’s not creamy or pasty either. This gives me the ability to stain the area similar to what I do with the lip liner instead of having product that remains on the surface of the skin.
The Giorgio Armani Master Corrector is $39 which is a bit expensive when you consider it’s not concealer. Now, you have to buy your concealer as well and you cannot skimp on that. If you are using color correctors, then you’re with me where the effectiveness and quality of the concealer is a very important factor in achieving a great end result. I have yet to find anything out there better than NARS Cream Radiant Concealer. I’ll let you know if I do but that’s my every day concealer and I believe it is the best on the market. If the Giorgio Armani Master Corrector is too expensive for your budget, try the trick with the lip liner and I think you will be pleased with the end result.
Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir
Finally, I want to mention a product from Onomie Beauty which I have not purchased but I’m looking at closely and tried samples. Onomie can only be purchased on line and their product is called Bright Concealing Elixir. This an interesting product because the company has designed it to clinically improve under eye dark circles. Their product studies indicate 90% of the women who used the product regularly over the course of 8 weeks reported improvement in under eye circles. Onomie’s product contains nine natural substances that are said to improve dark circles caused by stress, lack of sleep, eating habits, and even genetics! Dermatologists have always told me nothing can correct darkness caused by genetics so this makes me very curious. Onomie also makes a clinical under eye brightening product.
The texture of Onomie’s product is not as pasty or heavy as many of the other products on the market but it’s definitely not a stain either. I can see it on the surface of my skin once I’ve applied it. I was able to see that I had layered multiple products when I tested it but the products didn’t settle into my fine lines. The Bright Concealing Elixir is quite effective at color correcting. I may order another set of samples to test it further because the product continues to receive a lot of positive press (samples cost $4 – order here). In 2015, Onomie won Allure’s Best in Beauty Award and Refinery 29’s Beauty Innovator Award. If you purchase the product within two weeks of getting the samples, Onomie will apply the cost of the samples to your purchase. Women are definitely pleased with this product but I’m not confident yet that it will do a better job than what I’ve been using.
Over the past six months, this is where I’ve evolved to with color correcting and the best products to use to hide dark circles. If you struggle with dark circles, I hope you have found this information helpful.
I would certainly love to hear any other tips or tricks that are working for you! Have you tried any other color correcting products out there to hide dark circles that are doing an amazing job?