Correct before you conceal!

I have always struggled with under-eye circles, even from an early age because in my case, it’s hereditary. My mom has them and my grandma had them. There are creams out there that claim to erase those dark circles, but they are expensive and the cheaper creams that I have tried do not do anything. Looking good doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money, it’s being resourceful and having the knowledge to fix your beauty dilemmas.

I didn’t know there was a difference between correctors and concealers till just recently and it has been life-changing to the way I do my makeup now. Concealers are aimed at hiding any blemishes, discoloration (sun spots, hyper-pigmentation, etc.), acne, and to brighten up the underneath of your eyes… but what about dark circles? Concealers aren’t enough, they will typically make your under eyes look washed out or gray and that ain’t pretty!

If you have slight and I mean slight discoloration, concealer will usually be enough on its own to hide anything you’re trying to conceal. But what about the girls like me who have blue, green, or purple under-eye circles? Or what about the girls who suffer from red under-eye circles? We need to correct these nuisance colors before we can conceal and brighten up our eyes! Here are some pictures to demonstrate what cream colored products you will need if your under eye circles fall under these categories:

(BLUE / BLUE-GREEN CIRCLES = PEACH/ORANGE PRODUCT)

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(PURPLE CIRCLES = YELLOW PRODUCT)

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(RED CIRCLES = GREEN PRODUCT)

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I’m going to focus on the more common type of under circle and that’s the range that I fall into, blue-green. If you shop at any drugstore you’ll easily find the green and yellow correctors. But what about the salmon, peach, or orange colored ones? Bobbi Brown and Eve Pearl  are two expensive makeup lines that make fabulous correcters, but they are priced at $22.00 to $32.00. YIKES!

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil: Almond

Price: $4.49

Where to buy? NYX ; Ulta

I have a less expensive alternative and guess what? It’s not labeled as a correcter, it’s a NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil! Yeah ladies, that’s right! The color Almond is the perfect peach that color corrects, so say good bye to your under-eye circles .

How to use – After putting on your foundation, apply the pencil gently and directly underneath your eye. Wherever there’s discoloration, apply that pencil girl! Take your ring finger (since it has the least amount of pressure) and pat the product until it is blended out. Never rub your corrector or concealer because you want the product to be concentrated in that area, thus having more coverage. That’s what we’re after right? After applying the pencil, use your favorite concealer. I recommend using a concealer slightly lighter than your foundation because you want  the underneath of your eyes to be bright. How do you think Kim Kardashian gets that amazing glow and lifted cheek bone effect?

As always, I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below and follow!

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