Real Talk: If You're Not Doing *This*, You're Not Covering Your Undereyes Correctly

It's worth the extra step.

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Hello darkness my old friend. It's Monday, and despite my best efforts to get a good night's sleep, darkness and puffiness reign supreme 'neath the eyes. Things would be a lot more ominous if I didn't have an old-but-new-to-my-daily-routine trick up my sleeve: color correction. (I know I'm late to the party.)

By now, you've probably seen all the crazy color correction beauty blogger videos, in which their faces are brightly-colored human zone maps. One of the most viral among them finds vlogger Deepica Mutyala swiping an orange-red lipstick on her under eyes to minimize the appearance of her dark circles. At first, it looks jarring. But then, when she follows it up with concealer, the scarlet pigment literally disappears, as does the darkness…

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When I (skeptically) tried it on myself as part of a forthcoming beauty hacks project, I, as well as a slew of onlookers, was mesmerized by how well it worked. I'd go so far as to say that my dark circles were 50 percent less evident then they are with concealer alone. So as a beauty editor—but also a woman trying to get the most out of a five-minute face beat—I implore you to take this step when concealing your under-eye bags.

As for choosing the ride shade for your skin tone, it all comes down to color theory:

Cool Tones

Peachy or salmon-y hues, which work especially great on fair skin tones, will counteract cool blue or purplish tones and brighten sallowness in the the eye area.

Warm Tones

Orange will neutralize the blue and green undertones, as well as the darkness, that you'll find on warmer medium to dark skin tones.

How to Apply:

To maximize coverage/make it last all day, do not just spread and coat color corrector on. You're going to want to gently tap it on the shadowy areas, then buff with a brush, beauty blender, or even your fingers to gently push the product into the skin for a melted effect. The same goes for your skin-tone-matched concealer.

"It's intended for very natural appearing makeup," explains makeup artist Jo Blasco. "You're not hiding it by covering it up, but by neutralizing it with a thin layer—blocking the color so it doesn't reflect out."

Finally, set with a super-lightweight brightening powder.

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Lauren Valenti
Lauren Valenti

I’m the associate web editor at Marie Claire. I love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. I firmly believe that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.