Under Eye Issues: Concealer to the Rescue

Got a little something to hide? Me too.

I know you’ve read about the number one selling concealer. So have I. You’ve probably purchased it. I have too. I’ve tried them all.

Some of the concealers with ‘Best Of’ status require the skills of a Renaissance master; blending correctors, concealers and powders to an imperceptible finish. The promise? Bright-eyed wonderment.   The reality is that there have been times when I ended up trading my dark circles for a cakey, wrinkle-enhancing mess.

There’s an easier way which trial and error has led me to. Allow my hits and misses to save you from looking worse after your concealer application than you did before.


If applied properly concealers can be miracle workers.   If you start layering products that aren’t compatible there could be trouble. Anti-puffing ingredients can get sticky and cause concealers to pill. Oily eye creams make concealer formulas break down. You need a match made in heaven. Thankfully, I’ve found a few.


Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream



Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream

These eye creams deliver just the right amount of moisture to make your concealer glide on. They’re soothing and perfect for any eye issues early mornings can bring.



Maybelline Fit Me Concealer



MAC Matchmaster Concealer



CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream


After your eye cream apply a sheer layer of foundation. Most likely the discoloration under your eye is at the inner corner and extends downward in a half-moon shape.

Choose a concealer color one shade lighter than your foundation. Use your ring finger and pat concealer on the dark areas only where you see shadows. Patting and blending light layers will allow the products to become one with your skin and seem invisible.

Adding product where it isn’t needed may cause you to lose your Renaissance master status.   Discoloration at the outer corner of your eye and under the lower lash line will be better camouflaged by your foundation’s sheer formula and less likely to settle into lines.

Now, about adding powder to set your concealer………if your concealer is creasing you’re using too much. Dampen a makeup sponge and pat it under your eyes to remove any excess.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder is finely milled and semi-matte. The texture is just what you need to set things without any chalkiness.


Use a fan brush, like Sephora’s Pro Fan Brush #65, and sweep a light dusting over the concealer.


A little patting and blending and your issues are gone, the under-eye ones anyway.


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Tonya Riner

Tonya Riner started doing makeup as a teenager in her two-stoplight hometown in Kansas. From there, she declared herself a professional, and has spent the last twenty-five years on fashion shoots and shows, on both coasts, and in Europe. Tonya's work has been featured in Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. She was included in Allure Magazine’s Directory as one of the best makeup artists in the United States. Her long list of celebrity clientele includes Heidi Klum, Erin Wasson, Julie Anderson, Rachel Hunter, Chandra North, and Lauren Bush. Backstage, she has worked alongside Frederic Fekkai and Ted Gibson. She was a member of the beauty team for Beyonce’s Blow video. For Tonya, one of the most rewarding parts of her job is spending time, one-on-one, with models and clients. She finds that ordinary barriers fall away within minutes of the start of a makeup session, leaving space for instant intimacy and the shared pursuit of beauty. Connecting with extraordinary people from all walks of life fuels her passion for her work. As a consultant, Tonya works with creative teams to devise strategies for beauty brand product development, most recently for the company, Beauty for Real. She enjoys working with products from both the manufacturing and marketing ends. Moving forward, she would like to be instrumental in the development of the kinds of beauty products she, herself, would want to use.

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