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How to: Cover Dark or Blue Under Eye Circles

Hey Everyone!

Brace yourselves! MY BARE FACE IS COMING! haha

Jokes aside, it is really scary putting your BARE, SICK face out on the interwebs.

Here is a little background for today’s post.

I am very sick! I have had a sinus infection for about three weeks now and it has reached its peak horridness this past week. I finally went to the doc’s and got some antibiotics but I am now feeling ten times worse! Hopefully it’s what people say ” you have to get worse before you can get better.”

I usually don’t have blue/dark circles at all. The most I have is bags/puffiness but not discoloration. However, due to being sick I have had really bad blue/yellow/ugly discolorations around my eyes. My skin has also been wreaking havoc. It seems like no matter how much moisturizer I put on my skin is just like a desert. SUPER DRY. Not to mention it has also been itchy, this may be due to allergies or eczema acting up.Just last night I put on a ton of Vitamin E oil (my holy grail for fixing anything wrong with my skin- dry patches, acne, acne scars, etc!) and my face is still quenching.

Anyways this sickness gave me the opportunity to do this post for you guys since last Saturday I came up with this because I don’t usually have discoloration. I liked the way it came out! My friend Bianca told me she didn’t even notice I was wearing makeup!! So here it is!

Bare Face! No Makeup!

As you can see above: I have super dry, itchy skin (esp in the cheek area), swollen in between the eyes from my sinusitis and that is where most of the discoloration is as you’ll see in a photo below, and my lips are also super dry! They usually have more color to them :(. Also, I have my hair back which is not the most flattering for my face haha AND I have thick, unruly eyebrows and really.. can anyone be bothered with that when they are having migraines, face pain, earache, dizziness, fatigue, etc!! So bear with me but I promise these tips are good!



So to begin, you need to understand color theory. On a color wheel, directly across blue/purple is orange/yellow. Which means they are complementary. Placed next to each other, they make each other’s colors pop more. But placed on top of each other, they should cancel out one another.


Taking that and applying it to skin, the most commonly used skin correctors are yellow and orange.

You probably have heard of salmon colored concealers to cancel out the darkness/blue/purple under the eyes. Well it works wonders!

The first product I use to color correct under my eyes is the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer in Tan. I bought this in a set during their Black Friday sale and there were only four colors available. I chose tan, knowing medium would probably be too light. However, tan was just too dark! I have this problem A LOT! It is also a bit too orange for my skin tone. But it didn’t stop me from using this product. I made it work for me! Because it is actually very good at not creasing much and it lasts a long time.

how to cover dark under eye circles Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Tan Swatch

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Tan

how to cover dark under eye circles Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Tan Swatch on NC35

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Tan Swatch on NC35 skin

Here you can see I squirted out a tiny drop of the concealer but I will not even use half of that! Even with all the discoloration. (Usually I just use almost nothing) This product is highly pigmented. I wish I could squeeze out less, but this is the littlest amount I can usually squeeze out.

I applied the Tarte concealer in the inner corner area of my eye, where most of my discoloration is and tapped it out a bit, but not too far from its original place. This is going to cancel out the blue/purple. I also added a bit to the outer area of my eye because you could also see some blue there.


I usually don’t even use this much!


Added more because I wasn’t satisfied with coverage.. that’s how bad the discoloration is!



Blended out, you can see it is quite orange against my skin. I have a very yellow undertone but I have a very red/pink overtone in my face due to rosacea/eczema. However, it has cancelled out the blueish discoloration fairly well. In the pic because the concealer is moist there is a glare but it doesn’t flashback (no SPF). Also, because of the flash in the camera the obvious orange color is not SO obvious in person.


I noticed I also had some darkness/blue on the outer corner of my eye where I applied some more concealer and proceeded to blend it out.


Okay so here it is all blended out. Now I want to do a bit of brightening in the inner eye area because the part of my nose between my eyes is a bit swollen and also it makes you look more awake. To do this I use MAC’s Studio Finish concealer in shade NC30 which is too light for me but I can use it as basically a highlight for the inner corner of my eye. It contains SPF but used lightly it won’t flashback.

how to cover dark under eye circles MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30

MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30


I’m not sure if you can see the lightening effect on the inner corner of the eye because it is creamy and flashes light at the camera but you might be able to see it after I powder it. So next I use a translucent powder to set it right under my eye where it tends to crease because of fine lines. Here I am using MAC’s Prep + Prime Loose Powder. I apply it with a brush that is called PP13 Blending Fluff from Crown Brush. If you have the Real Techniques Setting brush it is very similar in shape and size to that one. It is a perfect size to fit in the orbital bone area.

how to cover dark under eye circles MAC Prep and Prime Loose Powder

MAC Prep and Prime Loose Powder

how to cover dark under eye circles Pink Blending Fluff Brush Crown PP13

Pink Blending Fluff PP13 Crown Brush

With the same brush I then applied Clinique’s Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder all over the orange-y area. This will brighten under your eye as well as blend the concealer better into the rest of your skin.

how to cover dark under eye circles Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder

Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder- a yellow powder used to neutralize redness; in my case, brighten the under eye area.

how to cover dark under eye circles

That looks much better!

Now I didn’t want people getting upset that the rest of the concealer didn’t blend well into my skin. If I put foundation on it would be blended in and look great! So instead of going through my foundation routine, I just added a bit of MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium-Deep to the one side of my face since it also has a more orange undertone (which I use more in Summer when I am tan and my undertone leans more towards orange).

how to cover dark under eye circles MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Deep

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Deep all over right side of face along with the concealed right eye.

beforehow to cover dark under eye circles  after

how to cover dark under eye circles comparison of concealer

In the first picture you can see the left side of my face is bare while my right side is concealed and face is powdered; see the difference?

Here you can see that the eye that is covered up looks great compared to the one with no makeup!

how to cover dark under eye circles up close concealed eye comparison

before and after close up of my right eye

how to cover dark under eye circles before and after concealed eye

On the left is my before picture of the right eye and on the right is the after picture of my right eye. You can see the dramatic difference!

So anyways I hope you enjoyed this and learned something! Feel free to ask any questions or share your tips below!

I don’t want to leave you all with such horrendous photos of me so here are two that I like 😉

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I used to have blonde hair! haha


IMATS NYC First Experience & Haul

Hey everyone!

Imats haul 2013 nyc first experience embryolisse lait creme concentre lotion micellaire eve pearl flawless face palette problender beauty blender kisses of pearl lipgloss in hey sexy ben nye final seal alcone co royal and langnickel brushes morphe brushes cici fashion brushes hakuhodo brushes

Imats Haul!

Okay this is LONG overdue! IMATS in NYC was April 5th-7th this year.

My friend Bianca and I ended up only being able to go on Sunday the 7th because they were sold out for Saturday! This might have been to our advantage as there wasn’t as many people, that I thought would have been there, on Sunday. This was Bianca and I’s first time at IMATS! First I’ll post what I got  and then I’ll go on to write about my experience. As you will see from this haul, I am a brush whore! lol Most of my purchases were brushes and I would have gotten more but I restrained myself haha (I won’t next year though!)

First Booth we stopped at was

Royal and Langnickel:

Royal and Langnickel on imats bag 2013 nyc brushes

They were on the IMATS bags that were given out at the entrance for a good reason!

They have a huge selection of brushes which Bianca and I were a bit overwhelmed about at first. Finally though I decided on these three brushes.

Royal and Langnickel brushes imats nyc 2013

Royal and Langnickel brushes

From left to right:

1) Silk Synthetic Eyebrow brush List Price: $3.99

Paid Price: $3.00

I got this brush mainly because I like to do eyeshadow liner along my lash lines (since I don’t fill in my brows).

2) Silk Synthetic Mini Smudger List Price: $5.99

Paid Price: $4.00

I plan on using this for smudging and applying eyeshadow on the lower lashline or more precisely on the upper lashline.

3) Silk Synthetic Smudger List Price: $7.99

Paid Price: $5.00

I got this for smudging! lol

Total Paid: $12.00        Savings: $5.00+Shipping

You may think its not a lot to save but I got relatively small brushes that were not discounted as much as sets, or larger brushes. Also, its never the same buying offline when you can actually see the size and the feel of the brushes before you buy them! I’ve made that mistake in the past haha

Now I don’t remember what order the next booths came in so here they are in random order.


I have heard amazing things about these brushes and how soft they are and they are all TRUE! Their brushes are the softest brushes I’ve EVER felt!! These brushes weren’t discounted but I picked them up anyways because of the reasons I stated before: you can’t see/feel the brushes online plus no shipping fees!

Hakuhodo brushes imats nyc 2013 softer cheaper Mac 217 dupe

Hakuhodo brushes which are MAC 217 dupes that are cheaper and softer!

Eyeshadow Brush Round & Flat: I got two of them. List Price: $18.00 each

Although I paid the list price this brush is an exact dupe for MAC’s famous 217 brush, However, MAC’s brush is $23.00 and not even close to being as soft as the Hakuhodo one. So I feel like I definitely saved more than just $5.00 there!

Total Paid: $36.00        Savings: $10.00+Shipping

Morphe Brushes:

Morphe brushes imats 2013 nyc crown brushes

Morphe brushes which are the same as Crown brushes

Left to Right:

1) IB116 Round Tapered Crease: List Price: $2.89

Paid Price: $2.00

I don’t have a brush this shape and this size so I decided to grab it!

2) IB119 Deluxe Crease Blender: List Price: $2.99

Paid Price: $2.00

I actually have this brush already which I brought from Crown Brushes. They are the same exact brush and are even labeled the same! Anyways I really like this brush for blending 😀

3) PP16 Mini Smudger: List Price: $1.99

Paid Price: $2.00

 Yes, I paid one more cent than I should have! Like the brush above, I have this brush from my Crown Brush purchase a few years ago. I love it for applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line and even on the upper lash line for a subtle effect. It’s soft but not very stiff.

Total Paid: $6.00        Savings: $1.80+Shipping

Cici Fashion Brushes:

CiCi Fashion Brushes imats 2013 nyc jumbo fan brushes

CiCi Fashion Brushes

From Left to Right:

1) Supreme Fan Brush- HM301: List Price: $15.25

Paid Price: $10.00

I love jumbo fan brushes to apply powder blush and contour. I was hoping I’d find the same brush that I bought from crown brushes called jumbo kabuki fan brush but they didn’t have any. This one and the one below were the only jumbo fans I found at IMATS!! I guess they are not popular enough. But I ended up with two because this one was softer, but less dense and the one below was denser, but not as soft. I’ll see how they perform, hopefully as good as the one I have!

2) Large Fan Brush-NYY001: List Price: $9.85

Paid Price: $7.50

Again this brush is denser but less soft than the one above.

3) Eye Blending Brush-NHY012: List Price: $3.65

Paid Price: $2.50

Just another blending brush very similar in shape and size to the round tapered crease brush above except made of sable hair rather than italian badger.

Total Paid: $20.00        Savings: $8.75+Shipping

Embryolisse was its own separate booth but it was being sold by the Alcone Company so I’m going to put them together.

Alcone Company:

Ben Nye Final Seal Setting Spray imats 2013 nyc

Ben Nye Final Seal from Alcone Co.

1) Ben Nye’s Final Seal: List Price: $7.00

Paid Price: $7.00

Yes, NO discount which I am pretty disappointed about but oh well. At least I didn’t have to pay shipping! I have heard great things about this but have yet to try it. When I do I will do a full review! I was a bit disappointed they didn’t have anymore Ben Nye’s Banana Powder! All sold out.. oh well maybe next year.

embryolisse lotion micellaire no rinse makeup remover and lait-creme concentre imats 2013  nyc alcone co

Embryolisse Lotion Micellaire and Lait-Creme Concentre from Alcone Co.

From Left to Right:

2) Embryolisse Lotion Micellar No Rinse Makeup Remover: List Price: $32.00

Paid Price: $27.00

I was actually looking to get the famous Bioderma Crealine H2O but they didn’t have it and they said this one was very similar. I am still testing it and so far not sure about my opinion and if it really is worth the money.

3) Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre: List Price: $28.00

Paid Price: 2 for $50.00 or $25.00 each

I had tried a very small size of this from Birchbox using birchbox points and fell in love with it (even my boyfriend too!). So I knew this was one of the things I wanted to get most at IMATS. It is expensive mostly because it is not really sold that much here in the states. I feel like you could get it cheaper in France, obviously. But it is definitely a must have, especially for sensitive skin! It is marketed it as a moisturizer and makeup primer in one. I just use it as my regular moisturizer, but I think the reason it works so well for me is because it is also a primer. I feel like it may create a barrier between my skin and the environment, like pollution and other harmful environmental factors that my skin loves to react to. I noticed immediately the day after I started using this again that my skin was less irritated and so smooth! So for me its not just a moisturizer, which it is also amazing at hydrating, but a protective barrier from the harsh elements and pollution!

Total Paid: $84.00        Savings: $11.00+Shipping

 And by now you may be wondering… where is any makeup?! here it is! last but not least is

Eve Pearl:

Eve Pearl Flawless Face Palette in light Problender beauty blender Kisses of Pearl Lipgloss in hey sexy imats 2013 nyc

Eve Pearl

1) The Flawless Face Palette: List Price: $98.00

Paid Price: $58.00

Bianca and I were starting to realize we had NO makeup in our bags at IMATS and went all out at the Eve Pearl booth! It was really the best values at IMATS! We got one of the makeup artists to color match us to the concealers and then Bianca ended up getting the blush and highlighter as well, which sold both of us on the palette!

2) Problender: List Price: $20.00

Paid Price: 2 for $15.00

These are super similar to the Beauty Blender, which I was planning to hit up next with my birchbox points! They are latex free and come in three colors! Of course, we chose pink! haha

3) Kisses of Pearl Lipgloss in Hey Sexy: List Price: $26.00

Paid Price: FREE

Since Bianca and I, both paid exact change in cash for the palette and problenders, the lady gave us a lipgloss each for free! So nice!!

Total Paid: $73.00        Savings: $78.50+Shipping


Total Paid at IMATS (including the ticket which was $50.00): $281.00

Total Savings: $115.05

I think IMATS is amazing and if you love all things beauty you should definitely try to go! Do your research beforehand you can look out for price differences and where the best deals are. Also if you know what you want ahead of time, you know how much money to bring and where to go first. I didn’t get a chance to buy anything from Inglot or OCC because the lines were ridiculous (the whole time!) and I just couldn’t be bothered! Plus I wasn’t sure about the discounts and I had no idea what I even wanted. I think if you have never experienced IMATS before bring about $150-300. It doesn’t mean you have to spend it all but it’s nice to know you don’t have to hold back! Also, you don’t really HAVE to do research and look things up beforehand. You can and it might help out but I managed fine and I liked just taking it all in as I was there for the first time, but that’s just me haha. You can easily do a whole years worth of shopping here! I probably won’t buy anymore makeup until I see another huge sale (most likely black friday/cyber monday). So make your purchases COUNT when you go to IMATS. Anyways I hope you all enjoyed my haul and experience at IMATS! If any of you out there have gone I’d love to see your hauls!

Don’t forget to check out my friend Bianca’s IMATS Haul!