Dark circles can be such a drag—they can rob the fun out of a smoky eye, or make you feel too self-conscious to wear eye makeup at all. But, with the right shades and products, you can “outsmart” those shadows with some really pretty, flattering looks. Celebrity makeup artist Jennifer Fleming (@facemaid) offers her expert advice.
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1. The No-Shadow Shadow Look
Using a yellow-based concealer in a shade lighter than your skin tone to cancel and cover dark circles takes one step out of your eye makeup routine, says Fleming. “Concealing shadows underneath your eye automatically creates the illusion of eye shadow on your lids. A smudge of eyeliner and a few coats of mascara, and BOOM: instant eye game on point!”
2. Color Canceling Shadows
Use a primer, eye shadow base in a neutral color, or small drop of under eye concealer on lids before applying eye shadow, advises Fleming. When it comes to color, “MAC Paint Pots are great because they are opaque, and waterproof, helping cancel out darkness so your eye shadow pops, and lasts all day. The Paris and NYC-based artist’s go-to colors for Latina skin are Painterly, Soft Ochre, and Layin’ Low.
3. Warm It Up
Warmer eye shadow colors flatter dark circles by adding softness, says Fleming. Look for peachy, orangey, and bronzy colors—HudaBeauty’s Desert Dusk Eye Shadow Palette is the guru’s current go-to.
HudaBeauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette, $65, shophudabeauty.com
4. Add Strategic Shimmer
While all-over shimmer can be a little too much when you’ve got dark circles, a bit can brighten you up. “Press a lighter, and/or shimmer shadow in the center of your eyelid for a bright pop of color, helping break up the appearance of dark circles,” says Fleming.
5. A Fine Line
Overall, lining your lower lids can add darkness to an area that doesn’t need any more help in that department. If you really love the liner look, start by lining your waterline with a buff or beige-toned pencil (white is too stark) to brighten up the whites of your eyes, and skipping black in favor of bronze or chocolate, says Fleming.