A Celebrity Makeup Artist’s Steps for Covering Up Dark Under Eye Circles

Sure, we may wish we didn’t have dark circles under our eyes in the first place–but at least now we’ll know how to cover them up.

If you have dark under eye circles, odds are you’ve tried every trick in the book to cover them up. Be it tea bags, slices of cucumber, using green contrasting concealer, or something we’ve never even heard of, there are plenty of solutions to be had with a quick Google search. But, it turns out, the best solution for dark circles is also the easiest one: Just learn how to properly apply under eye makeup.

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As part of The Cut’s Pretty Simple series, makeup artist Nick Barose shared his go-to method for looking well rested and a step-by-step guide to getting a dark circle-free face.

According to Barose, it all starts with applying a quality moisturizer around your eyes. And, as The Cut notes, the skin around the eyes is very thin, making this step doubly important. Start by applying moisturizer to the inner corner of the eye and work outward. Barose personally recommends Lancôme Advanced Génifique Eye Illuminator ($ 69;

Next, Barose applies a light layer of foundation to even out any discoloration. “If you apply a concealer that’s too thick or too thickly, it just sits in your wrinkles,” Barose explained. He typically goes for NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation ($ 49;

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Barose then applies concealer but says it’s best to pick one that is two shades lighter than your skin. He only applies it using a brush as “pressure from your finger is heavier.” He also suggests skipping color corrector as it can “get cakey and most people don’t need it,” according to The Cut. Pat and blend using an up and down motion–he uses Clé de Peau Beauté concealer ($ 65; He then smooths it out with a Q-tip.

To finish off the look, Barose suggests setting the under eye with powder to absorb any leftover oil. For the best option, Barose uses a Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($ 38;

Though it may seem like a lengthy process, it really should only add a minute or two to your routine. And really, what’s 60 seconds for a day of looking like you actually got eight full hours of sleep for once?

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