How to Remove Bags Under Eyes With Makeup

How do you remove bags under your eyes with makeup?

If you want to hide the bags with makeup, you should avoid a concealer that brightens or gives too much luster, it can instead emphasize the swelling. Choose a matte or semi-matte concealer that is very close to your own skin tone. When applying the concealer, apply it in an inverted triangle under the eye.

Do not pull the product out on the skin, but use a finger or a beauty blender and dab until the concealer melts into the skin. Finish with a little powder for a long-lasting result.

Make up dark circles under the eyes – Top 5

1. Darker skin tone under the eyes

How you can best make up dark circles under the eyes depends first and foremost on how the darkness arises.

Is it a natural shade due to that you have a depth under the eyes, or is the skin tone also darker?

If the skin tone is dark and / or blue under the eyes, invest in a concealer with coverage.

There are color-correcting concealers if you are very blue, but if you have a highly pigmented concealer that covers completely, that is usually enough!

The important thing is not to just lighten up with a bubbly product, because if the darkness below shines through, the skin can look greyish.

2. Deep under the eyes

Should you make up dark circles under the eyes that occur due to a natural shadow?

Even though the skin tone itself is not darker, it is common (on almost everyone) to have a depression under the eye that is perceived as darker because it is a pit. Some more and others less.

Then you do not need to cover so much and do not need color correction, because the skin already has the “right” skin tone.

Then enlightenment is enough! I usually use a light, matte or semi-matte contouring shade only.

But a thin layer of a concealer that is a little lighter than your own skin tone also works well.

You can also make up dark circles under the eyes by brightening them up with a luminous product that reflects light!

The choice of formula for making up dark circles under the eyes is 100% a matter of taste, the most important thing is rather the color.

That you choose a full coverage to get rid of darkness, or a lighter one if you want to light up a depth.

Then whether it’s a cream in a jar, liquid, a stick or whatever – it matters less.

3. Powder under the eyes? Matt or lust?

If you use concealer to make up dark circles under the eyes, I recommend powdering on top, at least on most concealers.

It also depends on how much product you apply and how well the concealer “sets” itself.

The good thing about powder is that it fixes the concealer so that it stops being creamy = kept in place without settling in the lines.

If you have a lot of lines and structure under the eyes, a good powder helps to even out these. I do not mean that lines are something to hide, but many have a lot of fine lines and structure in the skin under the eyes and when they are highlighted, it can look almost more unnatural.

A lot of shimmer and shine can emphasize the structure of the skin even more. Use only a soft and fine-grained powder, not a matte one that looks dry!

Many people are afraid of powder under the eyes because they think it should emphasize the lines, but a fine-grained, soft powder has the opposite effect and actually blurs the skin.

However, a powder with a discreet luster is not crazy at all, so not shimmery but only slightly. Because luster grains light up so when they end up in a deep wrinkle, they reflect the light and make the wrinkle look smaller.

For example. the contouring shadow from Paese that I use under the eyes has a discreet glow. Not shimmery, but not completely matte either.

In other words: A glossy and shimmery finish can emphasize the structure of the skin, but blurring powder and a natural glow reduce this.

If, on the other hand, you do not have much structure under your eyes, you can choose whether you prefer a matte surface or more luster.

But, luster has an illuminating effect which “lifts” and then it is only positive with glow 🙂

4. Apply concealer under the eyes:

Applying concealer / highlighting as a triangle is a common make-up tip. But it is not the technique that I recommend for covering dark circles under the eyes.

Then I recommend applying instead as the right side; just light up right in the depths – not up on the “heights” around.

Why? You light up to make the depth look less deep and thus conjure away the shadow, but if you put the concealer on the entire area under the eye then you light up the same everywhere and the difference between the rest of the skin and the pit will then be the same.

5. Can you put away bags under the eyes?

Bags under the eyes mean that you have a “height” under the eye.

Is it the same technique as dark circles when putting make-up bags under the eyes? Not really but almost!

One thinks the same way, that one lights up “only in the deep part”. But if you have bags under your eyes, the depth is not only a deep area but you also have a small bag to relate to.

A bag that should not be lit up if you want it to be less visible.

If you light up that height with a light color, it looks even higher. Therefore, I usually only light up around the bag / height, and put nothing enlightening on the height at all.

So I usually only apply light where the skin goes inwards. Which is usually around the bag. Exactly how the bag and the depressions around the bag sit can be different for different people.

Some have a large deep area under the bag, some above. Some have no depth above the bag at all, just below. Light up where it is deep on your eyes 🙂

If you are both dark under the eyes and have bags, then you can apply a covering concealer on the entire area (which matches your skin tone) and then lighten up around the bag.

Dampen and hide bags under the eyes

The fastest way to reduce puffiness under the eyes is cold. Cooling eye cream, eye mask or classic cucumber slices are not only nice, but also effective.

For extra cooling effect, you can store your eye cream in the refrigerator. Pixi DetoxifEye Patches is an eye mask that can reduce both bags and dark circles under the eyes.

They contain hyaluronic acid which moisturizes and softens fine lines that can otherwise make the swelling more visible.

Look for eye cream with ingredients that are firming and decongestant. For example, you can use Beauté Pacifique Puffy Eyes which tightens and cools.

Or Boots Ingredients Caffeine Eye Cream which contains caffeine which reduces swelling and tightens.

Dark circles under the eyes

The thin skin around the eyes makes the underlying blood vessels more easily visible, resulting in dark circles.

Lack of sleep can make them more prominent as blood circulation tends to be slower. Some also have genetically more pigmented skin under the eyes or extra thin skin.

Dark circles can also be due to smoking or swollen eyes that give a darker shadow under the eye.

To reduce the rings, you can try to sleep or rest more, stop smoking, and try an eye cream that nourishes and builds up the skin.

How to hide dark circles

To hide dark circles around the eyes, you may need to neutralize the color first. There are different colors of concealers and what you want to do is find an opposite color that neutralizes the undertone of your skin. In makeup, people often talk about these four colors:

  • Purple – neutralizes yellow tones
  • Green – neutralizes red tones
  • Yellow – neutralizes purple tones
  • Peach colored – neutralizes blue and purple tones

A peach-colored concealer is suitable for many who want to hide dark circles. It can be good to try to find the right shade.

Isadora Cover Up Long-Wear Cushion Concealer Peach Dark Circle are peach-colored concealers with long-lasting coverage that correct purple and blue tones.

Once you have found the right color that neutralizes, you want another that brightens the area under the eye.

Choose a concealer that is slightly lighter than your foundation or skin tone – it will give the eye area a more vibrant feeling.

No7 Laboratories Serum Dark Circle Corrector has soothing and moisturizing properties. It also contains pigments that help reduce dark tones.

Available in a lighter and a darker shade.


Summary: Use full-coverage concealer if your skin tone is darker. Use enlightening products if you are going to make up deep areas.

Should you even out so bright only in the deep areas – not on the whole area under the eye.

Hope these tips were helpful and that everything was understandable! 🙂



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