Bright Eyes, Brown Skin

Bright Eyes, Brown Skin

I’ve made references to my dark circles before, but maybe you didn’t read those posts or maybe you didn’t take me seriously. So I’ve gone and done something silly and posted a picture of myself makeup-free on the Internet (because if not now, when?).


Though I’m wholly aware that my eyes could be worse (and in five years I’m sure they will be), we can be honest and speak plainly about the girl on the left who looks rough, to say the least. I’m told that dark circles like mine are caused by chronic eye-rubbing and/or genetics. A few trips to the dermatologist may clear the circles but will most definitely set me back $1,500. As far as creams—at best they mask the darkness, but provide virtually no long-term benefit. So when faced with these options, I can only do what makes sense—fake it.

First I dab a small amount of color corrector beneath my eyes. In this picture I used Physician’s Formula Correcting Concealer (it’s a three-part set, but I only used the corrector). Color correctors should be yellow or orange-based to camouflage darkness. Because they are extraordinarily bright (and look nothing like your actual skin), they need to be applied under foundation.

Once I sweep my foundation all over, I pat a bit of Smashbox’s Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer under my eyes. After setting the concealer and foundation with a translucent powder (I use tarte’s Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder), I line the inside corners of my eyes with Revlon’s PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eyeliner + Brightener in Emerald, a dual-sided pencil with an ivory shade (here’s a similar formula).

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