Makeup Tutorial: How To Camouflage Undereye Circles With Concealer

April 18, 2009

So I have already gone through the Basic Rules On How To Apply Concealer and the Different Tools You Can Use with you ladies. Now here is a brief tutorial on how to apply concealer to camouflage those nasty undereye circles that we all hate.

Before you start, figure out where your circles are by tilting your head down and looking into a mirror. For most people, it starts from the inner corner of the eye right by the nose.

Step 1. Apply a creamy concealer onto circles and dark areas. Since I am not wearing foundation here, I am using more concealer than needed to show a better effect.

For liquid concealer, apply three tiny dots of the product starting from the inner corner of the eye.

Step 2. Tap lightly – do not rub – with your index finger (this puts the least pressure on the delicate eye area) and blend outwards. Run a sponge over the edges to blend everything out if necessary.

Step 3. Set with a thin layer of translucent powder for maximum staying power. If you have extremely dry skin, skip this step.

Done! With concealer on the left vs without on the right.

To find out what my favorite concealers are, remember to check out my Concealer Reviews.


  • Reply connie April 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    wow, such a difference, thanks for the tut!

  • Reply Valerie April 18, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    ooh so that’s how you do it.. does the powder finish help to prevent it from creasing too?

  • Reply Leah April 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Are you wearing those korean circle lens? or freshlook? What color are those? Thank you! πŸ˜›

    • Reply Phyllis April 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm

      Leah, those are Freshlook Colorblends in Green.

  • Reply Karen April 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    What concealer did you use in the first picture? It looks so creamy!
    And you have such good skin without foundation πŸ˜€

  • Reply Angelica April 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks for the tut. I’m just wondering about your eyelids, are they that large naturally or did you use some sort of eye glue? Please let me know, thanks!

    • Reply Phyllis April 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm

      I don’t use eyelid glue/tape. I have a natural crease that gets bigger/smaller depending on how much I sleep *lol*

  • Reply Cafe Fashionista April 19, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Undereye concealer is my best friend.

  • Reply Phyllis April 19, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Karen, that’s the Cle de Peau concealer I was telling you about. I’m lovin’ it so far =)

  • Reply Jennie April 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for your helpful tips as always! I’ll be trying this in the morning tomorrow πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Caki April 21, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I am sorry I am not a native English speaker but what’s the different btw undereye circles and undereye bags? I have always thought that these two are the same thing.
    thx !

  • Reply Phyllis April 21, 2009 at 11:20 am


    The circles are basically the purplish/brownish pigments you see around the eyes. Bags are puffiness.

  • Reply makeupiscool April 22, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I knew someone would comment about Phyllis’ eyes sooner or later! I too noted that her eyes are very beautiful and uncommon (for Asians). Her’s are very open and elongated. Buh yeah they don’t look glued to me, heehee! just a lucky girl. <3 Lovvveee your blog and your reviews!!!

  • Reply paM April 23, 2009 at 7:16 am


    I have very terrible dark circles that wihtout make up it makes me look like an addict. I must have tried more than 20 concealers in my life, theyre either too white, too dark, too creamy or too dry for my undereyes. they usually leave patches at the end of the evening or leave deep creases when its too creamy or deep lines when too dry. I can never seem to find the right color for my dark circles, I have oriental skin. I am currently using NC 20 and NW20 Studio Sculpt Concealer from MAC. Do you have any advice?

  • Reply Ashley April 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    :O Looks like your wearing nothing at all. What concealer are you using here?

    • Reply Phyllis September 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm


      I’m wearing Cle de Peau’s concealer as stated above.

  • Reply Kaya April 26, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I have the same eyes as yours. I also have a big crease, and it really depends on how much sleep i’d get. sometimes they are bigger, sometimes smaller…etc! it’s interesting. πŸ™‚ just wanted to mention it.

  • Reply Phyllis August 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm


    Unfortunately, finding the right concealer is all about trial and error. I have tried probably over 50 concealers now and while I really like some of them, I am still on the hunt for something better.

    My advice would be to stick to department store brands so you can at least test out the product before you purchase.

  • Reply Carol October 11, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Hello Phyllis,

    Which color of Cle De Peau are you using? Thanks.


  • Reply Lily October 11, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Wow, it looks amazing! The skin around your eyes looks so clean and perfect. Mind if I ask what concealer you used?

    BTW and totally unrelated, you amazing eyebrows! They frame your eyes so well πŸ™‚

  • Reply Phyllis October 11, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Carol and Lily,

    I use Ocre/Ocher for the CDP concealer.

  • Reply Alex November 12, 2009 at 1:31 pm


    They have it at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, and its AWESOME! Its very creamy, but totally doesnt crease. Its spreads perfectly, and looks great even without foundation, because its blends seamlessly. Its amazing. My girl has realy bad dark circles and we tried everything, from smashbox, Nars, M.A.C., Benefit, Urban Decay, laura Mercier, Vincent Longo, Estee Lauder, etc etc. This is the only thing that has that much coverage without looking cakey and discolored. She doesnt wear foundation ever because her only issue is the dark circles, so everything else looked kinda wierd in contrast. Some creased horribly, flaked, or just started to slide off completely. Other just didnt have enough coverage. period. The Bobbi Brown concealer kit is the best hands down. It has a really nice texture, for just the right consistency, and comes with matching poweder to set it (no creasing!)

    I highly reccomend it to anyone! Its amazing. (just a bit pricey at $32 but totally worth it, it goes a long way)

    Check it out!!!

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