How To Hide Dark Circles

Lighten up! With just a few products and our pro tips, your dark circles and extra (eye) baggage will disappear in the blink of an eye.

How to hide dark circles
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How can I deflate my eye-bags and hide my dark circles?

Try these simple solutions from makeup artist Ramy Gafni of Ramy Beauty Therapy:

For Bags:

To stop eye-bags before they occur, the night before an important event, steer clear of salt, alcohol and caffeine, which can cause puffiness. Don't use a cream eye moisturizer before bed; go for a gel formula, instead. If you wake up to puffiness, apply ice or anything cold (such as chilled spoons or tea bags) to your eyes. Engage in aerobic exercise to help drain fluid.

For Circles:

First, prime your skin with a shimmer-containing cream to reflect light. Gafni recommends Prescriptives Vibrant or Dimish by Estée Lauder. Then, apply a yellow-based concealer one shade lighter than your skin directly to the blue rings. Set the concealer with a thin layer of loose or pressed powder.

If all else fails, Gafni has a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from under the eyes. Apply a dark brown or black eyeliner to upper lashlines only. Gafni recommends a shade like Perfect! from Ramy. Follow with a coat of mascara to the upper lashes only. Add a neutral shimmery eye shadow to lids to brighten your whole face.